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P’yilut HaSh'liakim
The Acts of the Emissaries

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[Jerusalem, Traditional Date: ca 33 CE]

11. Fourth Persecution: Sha'ul Zealous for His Religion (8:1-3)

1Sha'ul[GN] was there, giving approval of [Stephanos’] murder. Starting that day an intense persecution broke out against the Messianic Community in Yerushalayim. All the Believers except the Sh'liachimEmissaries, Apostles were scattered throughout the regions of Y'hudahJudea and ShomronSamaria. 2Some devout men buried Stephanos, and mourned his death deeply. 3But Sha'ul set out to destroy the Messianic Community. Going house to house he dragged both men and women off to prison.[3]

12. HaDerek[GN] Scatters, Takes the Gospel into the Diaspora (8:4)

 4However, those who had been scattered proclaimed the word wherever they went.

[Samaria, About 34-35 CE]

13. Philip in Samaria [Simon the Sorcerer] (8:5-25)

5PhilipposPhilip went down[5] to a city in ShomronSamaria, [MAP] proclaiming Messiah to them. 6The crowds listened intently to what Philippos was saying, especially when they heard and saw the miraculous signs he did. 7Many people were delivered of unclean spirits, which screamed as they were driven out. Many paralyzed and lame people were also healed, 8and so there was great joy in that city.

9There was a man in that city named Shim'onSimon, known as “the sorcerer” who had been practicing sorcery[9], amazing the people of Shomron and claiming to be someone great. 10Everyone who listened to him, from the least to the greatest, said, “This man is what is called the Great power of God.” 11They were attentive to him, because for a long time he had amazed them with his sorceries. 12But when they believed Philippos as he was proclaiming the Good News[12] of the Kingdom of God and the name of Yeshua HaMashiachthe Messiah, they were immersed,[GN] both men and women. 13Even Shim'on himself believed, and after he was immersed, he traveled on with Philippos and was amazed as he saw great signs and miracles being performed.

14When the Sh'liachim in Yerushalayim heard that Shomron had received the Word of God, they sent KefaPeter and YochananJohn to them. 15When they arrived, they prayed for them to receive Ruach HaKodeshthe Holy Spirit, 16since He had not yet fallen on any of them; they had only been immersed in the name of Messiah Yeshua. 17Then the Sh'liachim laid their hands on them, and they received Ruach HaKodesh. 18When Shim'on saw that Ruach HaKodesh was given through the laying on of the Sh'liachim’ hands, he offered them money. 19“Give me this power as well,” he said, “so that whoever I lay my hands on will receive Ruach HaKodesh.”

20But KefaPeter answered him, “May you and your silver both perish, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21You have nothing to do with this matter, because your heart isn’t right before God. 22Repent of your wickedness, and ask God if  he will forgive the intent of your heart. 23I can see that you are poisoned by bitterness and captive to iniquity.”

24Shim'on answered, “Pray to the Lord for me, so none of the things you said will happen to me!”[24]

25When they finished testifying and speaking the word of the Lord, Kefa and Yochanan returned to Yerushalayim, and proclaimed the Good News to many villages in Shomron [on their way home].

14. Philip in Gaza [The Ethiopian Official] (8:26-40)

 26An angel of ADONAI spoke to Philippos, “Get up and go south to the road that goes down from Yerushalayim to 'AzahGaza.” [MAP] (This is a desert road.)  27So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian believer,[27] a court official under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, and he was in charge of her treasury. He had come to Yerushalayim to worship, 28and was on his way home in his chariot, reading the prophet Yesha'yahuIsaiah.

29The Spirit said to Philippos, “Go up and join this chariot.”

30Philippos ran up to him and heard him reading Yesha'yahu Isaiah the prophet, and asked him, “Do you understand what you’re reading?”[30]

31He said, “How can I, unless someone teaches me?” He invited Philippos to come up and sit with him. 32The passage of the Tanakh[GN] he was reading was this,

“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter.
As a lamb before his shearer is silent,
so he doesn’t open his mouth.
33In his humiliation, his judgment was taken away.
Who will declare His generation?
For his life is taken from the earth.”[33]

34Then he asked Philippos, “Who is the prophet talking about? About himself, or about someone else?”

35Philippos began speaking, and beginning from this Scripture he went on to tell him the Good News about Yeshua. 36As they were traveling down the road, they came to some water, and the Ethiopian said, “Look, here’s some water. What would keep me from being immersed?”

37[37] 38He ordered the chariot to stop, then both Philippos and the Ethiopian went down into the water, and Philippos immersed him.

39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philippos away, and the Ethiopian didn’t see him any more, but he went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philippos appeared at AzotusAshdod,[40] and as he passed through he preached the Good News[GN] in all the cities from there to Caesarea.

Chapter 9


  3. If you haven’t yet read it, please read the extensive note on Sha'ul/Paul HERE. [RETURN]

 5. Because Jerusalem is the capital city of the world, whenever one is traveling toward Jerusalem one is “going up,” and when traveling away from Jerusalem one is “going down.” [RETURN]

 9. Shim'on was not performing parlor tricks or slight-of-hand; he was actually performing satanic miracles using “black magic.” [RETURN]

12. The “Good News” being taught by the Sh'liachim was not the same as “the Gospel” that is now being proclaimed by the “Church.” What the Church teaches is the Personal Salvation Gospel. The Emessaries were proclaiming the “Goood News of the Kingdom of God.” Read the difference HERE. [RETURN]

24. I personally think that Shimon truly believed before he made the decision to be immersed. When we come to faith in Yeshua, the “old man” doesn’t die, he is only under the control of the Holy Spirit. Shimon had been “immersed” in the occult for a long time, and he simply didn’t know better. When confronted with his unintentional (I believe; feel free to disagree) sin, he immediately repented and asked for prayer on his behalf. [RETURN]

27. Greek eunoucoß, eunouchos, eunuch. The Greek word can also mean “one who voluntarily abstains from marriage,” a confirmed bachelor. The Peshitta Aramaic word also means “faithful one” or “believer,” not necessarily a castrate as the English word implies. The fact that he had come to all the way from Ethiopia to Jerusalem to worship strongly implies that “believer” is the best understanding of this word. When the Queen of Sheba came to visit Solomon (1Kings 10), she took Judaism back to Ethiopia with her, and there have been faithful Jews in Ethiopia ever since then. In 1991 the Israel Defense Force conducted a huge military operation, Operation Solomon, to rescue 14,215 Ethiopian Jews and return them to Israel as citizens. I believe we are now seeing the gradual fulfillment of Isaiah 11:12, Isaiah 56:8, Micah 2:12, Matthew 24:31, and others. [RETURN]

30. The best way to tell someone about Yeshua is to find out where they are and what they know, and build upon that starting point. [RETURN]

33. Isaiah 53:7-8 [RETURN]

37. TR adds “Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ He answered, ‘I believe that Yeshua HaMashiach is the Son of God.’” [RETURN]

40. Phillip was miraculously transported from Gaza to Ashdod, a distance of 42 miles or 38 kilometers. [RETURN]



Page originally posted on Sunday, 26 April 2020
Updated with a few revisions on Friday, 08 May 2020
Outline and additional notes added on Wednesday, 09 June 2021

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