Compare the people’s reaction to the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira at the hands of Peter in Acts 5:11-14 to the congregations reaction to the deaths of Korah, Dathan, Abriam, and the 250 leaders at the hands of Moses and Aaron in Numbers 16.
The objections and denouncing of the apostles by the priests and the Sadducees in verses 17 and 28 appear to resonate from a heart driven by self-ambition and the pursuit of power. Does the pursuit of ambition and power align with God’s paradigm for kingdom living? Are such desires considered sinful in the sight of God?
Peter’s response when challenged by the high priest not to teach about Christ and fill Jerusalem with such doctrine in verse 28 sharply contrasts with his reaction to whether he knew Christ in Luke 22:56-60. In fact, Peter denied knowing Christ three times in this these passages. What do you think changed in Peter to prompt such a drastic response to trials of faith?