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Supporting the Needy – after Pentecost

On the day of Pentecost three thousand were saved. Since they remained in Jerusalem to devote themselves to the apostles' teaching, the need arose to raise finances for their support. The local believers were about to sell their possessions and goods… but Ananias and Sapphira had a better idea…
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Now, all the disciples were in agreement with each other, because no-one claimed the possession of the others, and so they had to share nothing they had. With great effort the apostles continued to debate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and there was not much grace upon them at all. Since there were needy people among them, some of the disciples brought before the committee their ideas to sell their lands and goods.

Ananias and Sapphira, however, stood up and said: "Not so, brothers and sisters! Why would you do such a foolish thing? We would all become poor, and we will have to look to the Gentiles for support. Instead, let those belonging to Herod's jurisdiction register for social security payments, and let the others find part time work. And for those who cannot find any support – let us organize a garage sale."

Thus, the disciples all came in their nice, shinny chariots, and brought their worn-out, torn clothes, chipped and cracked pots, broken furniture, filthy, old, unwanted scrolls, limping and lame asses…

…and laid them at the apostles' feet…

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