“Behold, You desire truth in
the innermost being, and in
the hidden part You will make
me know wisdom.”
Ananias and Sapphira is a rough passage. Acts chapter five has all the gritty details. They sell some land and give it to Peter. But to be showy, they act like they’re giving the full cost of the land, when actually, they’re holding back a portion. God strikes them both dead. Peter said they lied and tested God.
The next hard passage, Jesus says (Matthew 7), “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me…’”
A buddy said to me, “Look at the people in the Bible who knock it out of the park spiritually. A Samaritan woman, a prodigal son, a thief on a cross, a tax collector, prostitutes, and the list goes on, but the religious hypocrites get smoked.”
God sent his beloved Son to die and rise to make connection with our heart to his. I think the answer to these hard passages is that God wants us to be real and approach him in faith. Jesus called the Samaritan woman a ‘dog’ (another hard passage), and she asked for the crumbs! Jesus blessed and commended her faith. A son squanders half of his father’s life savings, coming home smelling like pig-poo (think Jewish boy), and is met with a father literally running to receive him in love.
One set approach God with a fake version of self, pompous in their own strength. The other approach God with their messy life, trusting that God not only has, but is their solution. God desires truth in our inner-most parts so that a very real connection can be made.
By Aaron F. Jeffers