THE FEAR OF THE LORD
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostle's feet. But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?" Acts 5:1-3
Ananias and his wife didn't have to give all the proceeds of their sale, it was theirs to keep and to give whatever part they desired. Their sin was that they lied about what they kept, making the apostles believe they gave all!
This wasn't the church that we see today, a building full of folks, many being half-hearted and apathetic to the cause of Christ, it was a holy assembly of called out worshipers, filled with Holy Spirit power and sanctified by His grace, mercy and anointing! The very presence of God permeated the atmosphere from the outpouring of His Spirit.
Just as in ancient times when the High Priest entered the holy of hollies, if he had sin in his life he would die in the presence of the Lord! We don't know how many people die today caused by our neglect to acknowledge the Holy One's presence or how we have defiled the Holy sacraments, such as taking the Lord's supper in an unworthy manner. Ananias and his wife dropped dead because of their deceitful scheme, bringing great fear upon the rest of the assembly!
Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead , and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. So great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard these things. Acts 5:10,11
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin