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By Martin H. Manser, David Barratt, Pieter J. Lalleman, Julius Steinberg

ISBN-10: 0816070652

ISBN-13: 9780816070657

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But God becomes angry with him for touching the ark and lets him die. David is very alarmed about what has happened. He does not want to continue taking the ark to Jerusalem and stores it at a nearby house. The next group of events documented shows that despite the accident, the kingdom of David is still blessed by God: A foreign king sends material and carpenters to build a palace for David. As a king, David takes more wives, and he is blessed by sons and daughters. David goes into battle twice against the Philistines who had raided the country.

Although the sharing of possessions is not explicitly commanded in Acts, the repeated references (2:44; 4:32–35; 4:36–37; 6:1) show that Luke sees it as a good thing to do; in his gospel he also pays much attention to issues of wealth and stewardship. The story about the punitive death of Ananias and Sapphira, the married couple who tried to deceive the church and the Holy Spirit, is among the hardest passages in the whole Bible because upon their conviction by Peter they are not given the opportunity for repentance.

Acts of the Apostles 21 Peter and John healing the cripple at the gate of the temple (Acts 3:1–10), etching by Rembrandt people become believers and describes the life of the earliest community. One day Peter and John heal a crippled person near the temple entrance, an opportunity for Peter to deliver another message to a Jewish audience (chapter 3). The Jewish leaders have the two apostles arrested, and Luke records Peter’s words in their defense. In the end, the apostles are released unharmed (4:1–22), and Luke reproduces the subsequent prayer of thanksgiving of the believers.

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Critical Companion to the Bible: A Literary Reference by Martin H. Manser, David Barratt, Pieter J. Lalleman, Julius Steinberg


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