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Sections of the Apostolic Writings
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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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Acceptance and Opposition in Iconium

1In Iconium they went into into the Jewish synagogue together, and spoke in such a way as a great number of both Y’hudim and Greeks believed. 2But the Y’hudim who did not believe stirred up and embittered the minds of the Goyim against the brothers. 3Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the power of the Lord, Who testified to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4But the people of the city were divided. Some sided with the Y’hudim, and some with the Sh'liachim. 5When some of both the Gentiles 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, Lystra, Derbe, and the surrounding region. 7There they preached the Good News.

Mistaken for Gods in Lystra

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. Sha'ul, fixing his eyes on him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, 10said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet!” and he leaped up and began to walk. 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 in front 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 of the same nature as you, and are bringing you this Good News, in hopes that you would turn from these vain things to the living God, Who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them; 16Who in past generations allowed all the nations to 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 saying these things, they barely stopped the multitudes from making a sacrifice to them. 19But some Y’hudim from Antioch and Iconium came there, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Sha'ul, and dragged him out of the city, assuming that he was dead.

20But as the talmidim stood around him, he got up, and entered into the city. The next day he went away with Bar-Nabba to Derbe.

New Messianic Communities Among the Goyim

 21After they had preached the Good News to that city, and had made many talmidim, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22strengthening the souls[22] of the talmidim, encouraging them to remain strong in the faith, and reminding them that it is through many trials that we enter into the Kingdom of God. 23When they had appointed Zakenim 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, and came to Pamphylia. 25When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. 26From there they sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been committed 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]

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


Originally posted on Friday, 1 May 2020

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