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(Isaiah 2:3)

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Sections of the Apostolic Writings
The Gospels and Acts • The “Pauline” Letters • General Letters • End Times

Introduction to the Gospels (Good News of the Kingdom) and Acts
Mattityahu (Matthew)  •  Mordichai (Mark)  •  Lukas (Luke)  • Yochanan (John)
Crucifixion Week Chronology3-Year Harmony of the Gospels1-Year Harmony of the Gospels  
Hitgalut (Revelation)  •  P’yilut HaShliyakim (Acts of the Emissaries)  •  The Chosen (Video Series)

Acts Index
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P’yilut HaSh'liakim
The Acts of the Emissaries

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Chosing the Seven

1Now in those days, when the number of talmidimdisciples was growing, a complaint arose from the Greek-speaking Jews[1] against the Hebrew-speakers, because their widows were being neglected in the daily food distribution. 2The Twelve summoned the assembly of the talmidim and said, “It is not appropriate for us to abandon the word of God to serve tables. 3Therefore, brothers, select from among yourselves seven men with good reputation who are full of Ruach HaKodesh and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this responsibility. 4But we will devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

5The talmidim liked the idea, so they chose Stephanos, a man full of faith and of Ruach HaKodesh, Philippos, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte from Antioch. 6They brought these men to the Sh'liachimEmissaries, Apostles. After having prayed, they placed their hands on them. 7The word of God kept spreading, and the number of talmidim in Yerushalayim greatly increased. A large number of the kohenimpriests were also becoming obedient to the faith.

Accusation of Stephanos

8Stephanos, full of faith and power, performed great miracles and signs among the people. 9But opposition arose from some of the members of the Synagogue of the Freed Slaves, as it was called, composed of Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia Minor, and they created a dispute with Stephanos. 10but they couldn’t stand up to his wisdom or the Spirit by which he spoke. 11So they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemy against Moshe and God.” 12They stirred up the people, the zekanimelders, and the SofrimTorah-teachers, and rose up against him, arrested him, and brought him before the Sanhedrin.[12] 13they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never stops speaking blasphemous words against this Holy Place[13] and the Torah. 14We have we have heard him say that this Yeshua of Nazareth will destroy this place, and will change the customs that Moshe gave us.”[14] 15Everyone in the Sanhedrin stared at Stephanos and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Chapter 7


  1. The Hellenists were “secular” Jews who clung to the Greek language and culture, even though they were also of Hebrew descent. Obviously, a large number of them had become followers of HaDerek, the Way, as the Believers in Messiah called themselves. [RETURN]

12. The Sanhedrin was the highest court of law for Israel, and was comperable to our own Supreme Court. [RETURN]

13. The Temple. [RETURN]

14. Notice that these are the same blasphemous charges that the Gentile Church, as a large portion of their doctrine, brings against Yeshua HaMashiach and Rav Sha'ul today! [RETURN]

Page originally posted on Shabbat, 25 April 2020

Page last updated on Thursday, 21 January 2021 04:15 PM
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