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Sections of the Apostolic Writings
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Hitgalut (Revelation)  •  P’yilut HaShliyakim (Acts of the Emissaries)  •  The Chosen (Video Series)

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P’yilut HaSh'liakim
The Acts of the Emissaries

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Hananiah and Shappirah

1But one man named Hananiah, along with his wife Shappirah, sold some of their property, 2and, with his wife’s knowledge, kept part of the price for themselves, but brought the rest to the Sh'liachim.[2] 3KefaPeter said, “Hananiah, why has the Adversary convinced you to lie to Ruach HaKodesh, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4While you owned it, wasn’t it your own? After you sold it, wasn’t the money still yours to use however you wanted? Why have you decided to do such a thing? You haven’t lied to men, but to God.”[4]

5Upon hearing these words, Hananiah fell down and died. Those who heard this were terrified. 6The young men got up, wrapped him in a shroud, carried him out, and buried him. 7About three hours later, his wife, mot knowing what had happened, came in. 8Kefa challenged her, “Tell me, did you sell the land for this price?”

She said, “Yes, for that much.”

9Kefa asked her, “How is it that the two of you have conspired to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen, the men who just buried your husband are at the door now, and they will carry you out, too.”

10She immediately collapsed at his feet and died. The young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her next to her husband. 11This resulted in great fear coming upon the whole Messianic Community[11], as well upon everyone else who heard about it.

Signs and Miracles

12At the hands of the Sh'liachim many signs and miracles were performed among the people, and they all gathered with one heart and mind in Shlomo’sSolomon’s porch. 13Although none of the others dared to join them there, the people held them in high regard, 14and throngs of new Believers, both men and women were added to the Lord. 15They even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mattresses, so that as Kefa passed by, at least his shadow might fall on some of them.

16Large crowds gathered together from the cities around Yerushalayim, bringing the sick and those who afflicted by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

Imprisoned and Relased

17But the Kohen HaGadolHigh Priest and his associates who were members of the sect of the Tz'dukimSadducees were filled with jealousy, rose up, 18and arrested the Sh'liachim and put them in prison. 19But an angel of ADONAI opened the prison doors at night, led them out, and told them, 20“Go stand in the Temple courts and tell the people all about this new life.”

21Hearing this, they went into the Temple about dawn began teaching. But the Kohen HaGadol and his associates called a session of the Sanhedrin, the whole assembly of Yisra'el’s zekanimelders, and sent to the prison to have them brought before them. 22But the officers who went didn’t find them in the prison. So they returned and reported, 23“We found the prison shut and locked, and the guards were at their posts guarding doors, but when we opened them, there was nobody inside!”

24When the Kohen HaGadol the Captain of the Temple Guard, and the kohenim gadolimchief priests heard this, they were very perplexed about what might become of this. 25Someone came and told them, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are in the Temple teaching the people.” 26Then the Captain went with his officers, and arrested the Sh'liachim without incident, because they were afraid the people might stone them.

27When they had brought them before the Sanhedrin, the Kohen HaGadol challenged them, 28“Didn’t we strictly command you not to teach in this name? Look, you have filled Yerushalayim with your teaching, and you intend to bring this Man’s blood on us.”

29Kefa and the Sh'liachim answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30The God of our fathers raised up Yeshua, Whom you killed by hanging Him on an execution stake. 31But God has exalted Him at His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to cause Yisra'el to do t'shuvahrepentance, turning away from sin and back to God and His torah to have their sins forgiven. 32We are His witnesses to these things, as well as is Ruach HaKodesh, Whom God has given to those who obey Him.”[32]

Gamliel’s Advice

33When they heard this, the members of the Sanhderin were infuriated and decided to kill them. 34But one man stood up to address the council, a Pharisee named Gamliel,[34] a well-respected Torah-teacher, and commanded the Sh'liachim be taken out of the room little while. 35He said to them, “You men of Yisra'el, be careful concerning these men, what you are about to do. 36Some time ago Todah instigated a rebellion, assuming to be a real somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. When he was killed, everyone who followed him were dispersed, and the uprising came to nothing. 37After him, Y'hudah HaG'liliJudah the Galilean, led another uprising back at the time of the enrollment for the Roman tax, and persuaded some people to follow him. He also died, and his followers were scattered abroad. 38Listen to me, don’t interfere with these men; leave them alone. If this idea or this movement is a man-made thing, it will fall apart. 39But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop it, and you would find yourselves fighting against God!”

40They agreed with him. Then calling the Sh'liachim back in, they had them beaten and ordered them to not speak in the name of Yeshua, then let them go.

41The Sh'liachim left the Sanhedrin very glad that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for Yeshua’s name. 42Then every day, both in the Temple and at home, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming that Yeshua is the Messiah.

Chapter 6


  2. He obviously told Kefa that he had brought the entire selling price. [RETURN]

  4. This is part of the proof that Ruach HaKodesh is a divint “Person” and not just an inanimate force. First, Ruach HaKodesh can be lied to; one cannot lie to a “force” or “power.” Second, Kefa said that lying to Ruach HaKodesh is lying to HaShem; therefore Ruach HaKodesh is HaShem. [RETURN]

11. Messianic Community. Greek ekklesia, ekklesia, a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly. Arbitrarily translated as “church” in most English Bibles. I have usually rendered it as “Messianic Community.” [RETURN]

32. Possession of the permanently indwelling Ruach HaKodesh is not only a matter of faith, or trust; it requires obedience to HaShem and His Torah. [RETURN]

34. Gamaliel the Elder, also spelled Gamliel; Hebrew: רבן גמליאל הזקן‎ "Rabban Gamliel HaZaqen"; Koinē Greek: Γαμαλιὴλ ὁ Πρεσβύτερος), or Rabban Gamaliel I, was a leading authority in the Sanhedrin in the early first century CE, and is considered one of the greates of the Jewish sages. He was the son of Simeon ben Hillel and grandson of the great Jewish teacher Hillel the Elder. Gamaliel is thought to have died in 52 CE (AM 3813). He fathered Simeon ben Gamliel, who was named for his father, and a daughter, who married a priest named Simon ben Nathanael. He was the mentor of Rav Sha'ul, who very likely was “apprenticed” to him at a very young age. [RETURN]

Originally posted on Shabbat, 25 April 2020.

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