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P’yilut HaSh'liakim
The Acts of the Emissaries

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[Asia Minor [MAP] 46 CE]

E. Acceptance and Opposition in Iconium (14:1-5)

1In Iconium [MAP] Sha'ul and Bar-Nabba as usual went into into the synagogue of the Y'HudimJews together, and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Y’hudim and Greeks believed. 2But the Y’hudim who did not believe stirred up the Goyim[GN] and embittered theie minds against the brothers. 3So Sha'ul and Bar-Nabba stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in relliance on the Lord, Who afirmed the message of His grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. 4But the people of the city were divided. Some sided with the Y’hudim, and others with the Sh'liachimEmissaries, Apostles. 5But when the Goyim and the Y’hudim, along with their leaders, made a violent attempt to mistreat and stone them, 6they became aware of it, and fled to the cities of Lycaonia [MAP], Lystra [MAP], Derbe [MAP], and the surrounding region, 7where they continued to proclaim the Good News.

F. The Work in Derbe and Lysra (14:8-25)

1. A Lame Man Healed (14:8-10)

8At Lystra a man was sitting who had no strength in his feet, lame from birth, who had never walked. 9He was listening to Sha'ul while he was speaking. After observing him closely and and seeing that he had faith to be made well, 10Sha'ul said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet!” and he leaped up and began to walk.

2. Bar-Nabba and Sha'ul Mistaken for Gods (14:11-18)

 11When the crowd saw what Sha'ul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have become like men and come down to us!” 12They called Bar-Nabba “Zeus,” and Sha'ul “Hermes,”[12] because he was the chief speaker. 13The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to make a sacrifice along with the crowds. 14But when the Sh'liachim, Bar-Nabba and Sha'ul, heard of it, they tore their robes,[14] and rushed into the crowd, crying out, 15“Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, as human as you. We are are bringing you this Good News, in hopes that you would turn from these worthless things to the living God, Who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 16In past generations He let all the nations[16] go their own ways. 17Yet He didn’t leave himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfing your hearts with food and gladness.”

18Even though they said these things, they barely stopped the crowd from sacrificing to them.

3. Rav Sha'ul Stoned, Left for Dead at Lystra (14:19-20)

 19But some Y’hudim from Antioch [MAP] and Iconium [MAP] came there, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Sha'ul, and dragged him out of the city, assuming that he was dead. 20But after the talmidimdisciples gathered around him, he got up, and went back into the city. The next day he went left with Bar-Nabba for Derbe. [MAP]

4. Zachenim Appointed in Every Messianic Community (14:21-25)

 21After they had proclaimed the Good News to that city and had made many talmidim, they returned to Lystra,[MAP] Iconium, [MAP] and Antioch,[MAP] 22strengthening the souls[22] of the talmidim, encouraging them to remain strong in the faith, and reminding them that it is through many persecutions that we enter into the Kingdom of God. 23When they had appointed ZakenimElders for them in every community, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on Whom they had believed.

24They passed through Pisidia [MAP] and came to Pamphylia. [MAP] 25When they had spoken the word in Perga, [MAP] they went down to Attalia. [MAP]

5. Return to Antioch (14:26-28) [47 CE]

26From there they sailed to [Syrian] Antioch, [MAP] where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had now completed. 27When they had arrived and called the community together, they reported everything that God had done with them, and how He had opened a door of faith to the Goyim. 28They stayed there with the talmidim for a long time.

Chapter 15


12. Zeus (“a father of helps”) was a national god of the Greeks, corresponding to the Romans’ Jupiter. Hermes (“herald of the gods”) was a Greek god, corresponding to the Romans’s Mercury; he was the chief messenger of the gods. [RETURN]

14. Tearing one’s clothes (rending the garment) in Jewish culture is a sign of great emotional anguish. [RETURN]

16. Nations, Greek ἔθνος (ethnos), race, people, nation. [RETURN]

22. The “soul” is all of the intangible elements of a person: mind, will, emotion, intellect. [RETURN]


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