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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)

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P’yilut HaSh'liakim
The Acts of the Emissaries

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Yeshua Confronts Sha'ul

1Still breathing threats and murder against the Lord’s talmidimdisciples, Sha'ulPaul went to the Kohen HaGadolHigh Priest 2and asked for warrants from him to the synagogues of DammesekDamascus, authorizing him to arrest anyone he found who were members of HaDerekThe Way[2a], whether men or women, and bring them to Yerushalayim [for trial as heretics].[2b] 3As he was nearing  Dammesek, suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. 4He fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Sha'ul, Sha'ul, why are you persecuting me?”

5He said, “Who are you, Sir?”

The Lord said, “I am Yeshua, whom you are persecuting.[5] 6Get up, go into the city, and you will be told what you have to do.”

7The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the sound, but seeing no one.[7] 8Sha'ul got up from the ground, and when he opened his eyes he couldn’t see anyone. They led him by the hand, and brought him into Dammesek. 9He was blind for three days, and neither ate nor drank.

Sha'ul’s Immersion

10Now there was a talmiddisciple at Dammesek named Hananiah. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Hananiah!

He said, “Hiene aniHere I am, Lord.”

11The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to Straight Street, and inquire in the house of Y'hudah for a man named Sha'ul of Tarsus. He is praying, 12and in a vision he has seen a man named Hananiah coming in and laying his hands on him to restore his sight.

13But Hananiah answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he did to your holy ones at Yerushalayim. 14Here he has warrants from the Cohenim GadolimHead Priests (Sanhedrin) to arrest anyone who calls on Your name.”

15But the Lord said to him, “Be on your way, for he is My chosen vessel to bear My name before the nations and kings, and the children of Yisra'el. 16For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.

17Hananiah went and entered the house. Laying his hands on him, he said, “Brother Sha'ul, the Lord, Who appeared to you on the road by which you came, has sent me so you may recover your sight and be filled with Ruach HaKodesh.” 18Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he received his sight. He got up and was immersed. 19He ate and was strengthened. Sha'ul stayed several days with the talmidimdisciples who were at Dammesek.

Sha'ul Begins to Preach Yeshua

20He immediately began preaching Messiah in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. 21Everyone who heard him was amazed, and said, “Isn’t this the man who wreaked havoc in Yerushalayim on everyone who called on this name? And he had come here intending to bring them bound before the Cohenim Gadolim!”

22But Sha'ul increased more in strength, and confounded the Y’hudimJews who lived at Dammesek, proving that this is the Messiah. 23After quite some time the Y’hudim conspired together to kill him, 24but Sha'ul discovered their plot. They watched the gates both day and night that they might kill him, 25but his talmidim took him by night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket.

Sha'ul in Yerushalayim

 26When Sha'ul arrived at Yerushalayim, he tried to join the talmidim; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a talmid. 27But Bar-NabaSon of Encouragement took him, and brought him to the Sh'liachim, and told them how he had seen the Lord on the way to Dammesek, and that He had spoken to him, and how at Dammesek he had preached boldly in the name of Yeshua. 28He went with them both in ond our of Yerushalayim, 29proclaiming boldly in the name of the Lord Yeshua.[29a] He spoke and disputed against the Hellenists,[29b] but they were seeking to kill him. 30When the brothers found out, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him off to Tarsus. 31So the assemblies throughout all Y'hudah and Galilee and Shomron had peace, and were built up. They were multiplied, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of Ruach HaKodesh.

Kefa’s Early Ministry

32As Kefa traveled throughout the region, he came down to the Believers who lived at LudLydda. 33There he encountered a man named Aeneas who had been bedridden for eight years, because he was paralyzed. 34Kefa said to him, “Aeneas, Yeshua the Messiah heals you. Get up and make your bed!” He immediately got up. 35Everyone who lived at Lud and in Sharon[35] saw him, and they came to faith in the Lord.

Dorcas Resurrected

36At YafoJaffa there was a talmid named Tavita, whose Greek name was Dorcas.[36] She was well known for her good works and acts of mercy. 37She became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper chamber. 38Since Lud was near Yafo, the talmidim, having heard that Kefa was there, sent two men to him, asking him to hurry to where they were. 39Kefa got up and went with them. When they arrived, they brought him into the upstairs room. All the widows stood around him weeping, and showing the coats and garments that Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40Kefa put them all out of the room, knelt down, and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, “Tavita, get up!” She opened her eyes, and when she saw Kefa, she sat up. 41He gave her his hand, and helped her up. Calling the Believers and widows, he presented her to them alive. 42It became known throughout all Yafo, and many believed in the Lord. 43Kefa stayed for some time in Yafo with Shim'on, a tanner.

Chapter 10


2a. The Jewish sect of Messianic believers had already begun to be identified as HaDerek, The Way. [RETURN]

2b. Please read the extensive note on Sha'ul/Paul HERE. [RETURN]

 5. TR adds “It’s hard for you to kick against the goads.” [RETURN]

  7. I have heard many otherwise eloquent sermons delivered regarding “Paul’s vision,” but it clearly was not a vision. Those who were traveling with him heard the sound of Yeshua’s voice. One cannot hear another person’s vision. [RETURN]

29a. TR and NU omit “Yeshua” and reverse the order of verses 28 & 29. [RETURN]

29b. The Hellenists were Hebrews who used the Greek language and embraced Greek culture. [RETURN]

35. Sharon was a level region extending from Caesarea Maritima as far as Jaffa, abounding in good pasture and famous for its fertility. [RETURN]

36. “Dorcas” is Greek for “Gazelle.” [RETURN]

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