Posts Tagged ‘omniscient’

Verse 8: “Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?”

Way back when DC Comics had published the storyline “The Death of Superman”, in which Superman seemingly perished defending Metropolis from the alien monster known as Doomsday, the eventual return of Superman to life was depicted in the storyline “Reign of the Supermen”. As an epilogue to that story, Superman and Lois Lane were shown by the supernatural detective, Dr. Occult, just how Superman “came back from the dead”. Long story short, it was a series of factors and events that only occurred in a once-in-a-lifetime configuration; Superman was as close to death as he could be (for a Kryptonian). This fact was lost on a gathering of people who began to worship Superman, as he had “come back from the dead” in their eyes. Kal-El was horrified to see that these people flocked to him like he was a god, and he had to vocally reprimand them that, telling them that he was mortal (although he has “power and abilities far beyond mortal men”, to quote the old Adventures of Superman TV show). He could no more raise people from the dead or cure the sick supernaturally than they could. Thankfully, his words snapped them back to reality.

Paul begins his defense before King Agrippa by harkening back to his defense before the Sanhedrin: that he believes in the resurrection of the dead. He evens parlays it into the rhetorical question he puts before Agrippa: “Why should it be though incredible by you that God raises the dead?” If God is truly all-powerful, omniscient, and omnipresent, then why wouldn’t He be able to raise the dead? Paul is laying the foundational basis for his later arguments regarding Jesus.

I am reminded of the times when we have to be reminded of God’s power. Take Matthew 8: 23-27 and Matthew 14: 22-33. Both times, when out on the water, Jesus performs miracles over the power of the storm and of the sea in the face of his disciples’ fears. He then reminds them, “why did you doubt, o ye of little faith”. The disciples’ replies that marvel at His power are perfectly summed up in Matthew 14:33: “Truly You are the Son of God”.

Why should we think it incredible that God can’t do the impossible? He’s God!

More to come.

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Verse 4: “While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”

Stress can do funny things. And I don’t mean funny ha-ha. You can tell folks that you are fine…you can appear healthy and in good spirits…but if you don’t handle negative stress in a healthy manner, it can wreak havoc with your internal physical, mental, and emotional health. You can fool some people; you might even be able to fool your family and your doctor (to a degree), but physical exams will be the tell-tale signs. You can’t fool your own body and well-being from the adverse effects of negative stress.

Peter was telling Ananias this much. He and his wife Sapphira had sold some property and were presenting the proceeds to the church, much like many believers were doing. He told Peter that these were all the proceeds from the sale; he thought he was fooling everyone (because he hung onto part of the money). But Peter, tipped off by God, confronted him. In his rebuke, he reminded Ananias: “You have not lied to men but to God”. He was reminding him that God is not fooled; He is omniscient. The penalty for their act was their very lives as they died instantly.

Jesus paid the cost for our sins on the cross. We still sin today, so the proper response, even as born-again Christians, is to confess and to repent of the sins. Tis better to confess a sin, then lie and have committed two sins. Remember, God is not fooled.

Something to think about today.

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