“And great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.”
What happened could not be contained. It soon spread into the city. When God is moving, whispers and walls are not a problem.
This is not the usual way to start a church; it was certainly not a seeker friendly movement.
The fear could not be denied, the signs and wonders could not be denied, and the holiness of the disciples could not be denied. It separated the curious, the self-centered and the self-sufficient from the hungry.
Something extraordinary was taking place.
God was moving in a way that could not be ignored, or explained.
It was changing the spiritual atmosphere of the city and the region.
There was no longer a middle ground. Only those who were wholehearted dared to enter; all the rest gave the disciples a wide berth.
Awe and expectation were in the air.
Holiness was being manifested apart from the long practiced religious forms, giving rise to a growing excitement that frightened some, but became a life line to others.
When Peter’s shadow suddenly carried a “healing touch,” there was no denying that something extraordinary was happening in the city.
As the news spread, the people in Jerusalem and the surrounding cities came with their sick, afflicted and hopeless. All who came expecting, received.
The deaths of Ananias and Sapphira were not wasted; they were a catalyst for a move that would change the city, the region and eventually the known world.
God wastes nothing; even the deaths of those who try to deceive Him were used for the benefit of others.
“You intended to harm me, but God had worked it out so that many could be saved.” Genesis 50:20