In the last post we began talking about “Holy Property,” and how the moment you commit to make an offering it becomes Yahweh’s property, and to violate his property is a serious sin.
The key to this is that Holy Property has been deemed as itself being holy, by Yahweh. When Ananias and Sapphira determined to sell property and made their decision to give the money to the Lord, it became Holy Property. Just like an Israelite didn’t “have“ to bring a certain animal for a sacrifice—in some cases the species of animal was, within certain limits, the worshippers choice, and in other cases exactly which animal from his flock was his own choice—Ananias and Sapphira were under absolutely no obligation to sell their property, and they certainly weren’t obligated to donate any of the money; it was purely their idea and their choice. But . . . and here’s the thing, once they made that choice, the situation changed. Once they began the process, sold the property, and had the money in hand, there was an important element of holiness added to it the moment they decided to give the proceeds to the Church. We would say that they “held back some of their money” from God. Wrong. The moment they made the declaration that they were going to give the money to the fellowship, it became Holy Property. Once it became Holy Property, it was all His. They had no right to any of it—because it wasn’t theirs anymore. What God chose to do with His property was His prerogative. What they did was to rob God. They partook of God’s Holy Property which is a blatant violation of God’s Holiness. And, they paid for it with their lives.
It certainly seems that Ananias and Sapphira were held to very high and strict standard doesn’t it? Well, of course they were—because as Believers, they were near-to-God. Peter says in I Peter4:17, “. . . Judgment begins with the household of God.” James said in James 3:1, “. . . We who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” And, Jesus said in Luke 12:48, “. . . everyone to whom much is given, of him will much be required.” And, then there is this in I Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
If you think about it, Ananias and Sapphira were in the exact same position that Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, were in: they were all priests. Ananias and Sapphira were common priests for the High Priest Jesus, and Nadav and Avihu were common priests for the High Priest Aaron. And as priests, they were “near” to God. Put into a special position of proximity and association with Yahweh. Nadav and Avihu were allowed to enter into Yahweh’s presence, the Wilderness Tabernacle Sanctuary, as only priests could. Ananias and Sapphira had God’s presence living within them, as only those made priests through trust in Yeshua could. Not only that, all believers are a step beyond being priests . . . we are also, Holy Property ourselves! You may have not realized that, but you have been bought and paid for by the blood of our Messiah–so when you swore your allegiance to Yeshua . . . you became his property.You can start to imagine the ramifications of that reality over the next few days.
Oh, as I was saying before, when any of us violate God’s holiness, it is without excuse; and that is because we are all so privileged to be “near” God, we also carry far more responsibility than those who aren’t.
This isn’t an allegory. This is a critically important God-principle that begins to develop in the Torah, and is naturally continued right on into the New Testament. So in our next post we will wrap this all up. And with all the time we have spent on this, I want you to be able to use it in your personal walk of faith. So stay tuned for our next post . . .