Ma’asei HaShlikhim 5 – מעשי השליחים ה


1But a certain man called Khanan-Yah, together with his wife named Shapirah, sold his field.  2And he took some of the money and hid it, and his wife also knew of it, and he brought some of the money and placed it at the disposal of the Shlikhim.  3And Shimon said to him, “Khanan-Yah, why has HaSatan so filled your heart that you should lie to The Ru’akh HaKodesh and hide part of the money of the price of the field?  4Was it not your own before you sold it? And after it was sold, had you not the sole authority over its money? What made you think to do this thing? You have not only lied to men, but to Elohim.” 5And when Khanan-Yah heard these words, he fell down and died; and great fear came upon all of those who heard these things.  6The younger men among them arose and moved his body aside. Then they took him out and buried him.  7Three hours later his wife also came in, not knowing what had happened.  8Shimon said to her, “Tell me if you sold the field for this price?” She said, “Yes, for this price.”  9Then Shimon Kefa said to her, “Because you have been partners to tempt HaRu’akh  יהוה , behold, the feet of the men who have buried your husband are at the door, and they shall carry you out also.”  10And in that very moment she fell down at their feet and died, and the young men came in and found her dead, and they picked her up and carried her away and buried her by the side of her husband.  11And great fear came upon all the congregation and upon all who heard what had happened.

12Many miracles and signs were wrought among the people by the Shlikhim, and they were all gathered together in the porch of Shlomo.  13And none of the other men dared to interfere with them, but the people held them in respect.  14And the number of those who believed in  יהוה  was greatly increased by multitudes both of men and women. 15They even brought out the sick into the streets and laid them on quilts so that when Shimon should happen to pass by, his shadow might fall upon them.  16Many came to them from other cities around Yerushalayim, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

17Then The Kohen HaGadol was filled with jealousy and all of those who were with him, for they were adherents to the teachings of the Tzedokim, 18so they laid hands on the Shlikhim and arrested them and bound them in prison.  19But during the night, a Malakh of  יהוה  opened the gate of the prison and brought them forth and said to them, 20“Go, stand in the Heikhal and speak to the people all these words of life.”  21Accordingly they went out early in the morning and entered into the Heikhal and taught the people. But The Kohen HaGadol and those who were with him called their associates and the elders of Yisra’el, and sent to the prison to bring the Shlikhim.  22And when those who were sent by them went and did not find them in the prison, they returned, 23saying, “We found the prison carefully locked and also the guards standing at the gates; and we opened them but found no man there.”  24When The Kohen HaGadol and the leaders of the Heikhal heard these words, they were astonished at them, and they were reasoning how it could happen, 25when a man came and informed them, “Behold! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the Heikhal and teaching the people.”

26Then the leaders went with the soldiers to bring them, not by force, for they were afraid that the people might stone them.  27And when they had brought them, they made them stand before the whole council, and The Kohen HaGadol proceeded, 28saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach any man in this Name? And behold, you have filled Yerushalayim with your doctrine, and you intend to bring the blood of this man upon us.”  29Then Shimon with the rest of the Shlikhim answered, saying to them, “We must obey Elohim rather than men.  30The Elohim of our fathers has raised up Yeshua whom you killed when you nailed Him on the tree.  31This very One, Elohim has appointed a Prince and a Savior, and has lifted Him up to His right hand so that He may grant repentance and forgiveness of sins to Yisra’el.  32And we are the witnesses of these words; so also is The Ru’akh HaKodesh, which Elohim has given to those who obey Him.”  33When they heard these words, they were enraged and thought to kill the Shlikhim.  34Then one of the P’rushim whose name was Gamli’el, a teacher of the Torah and honored by all the people, rose up and ordered them to take the Shlikhim outside for a little while; 35then he said to them, “Men of Yisra’el, take heed to yourselves, and find out what is the best for you to do about these men.  36For before these days, Theudas rose up, boasting himself to be a great man; and about four hundred men followed him; but he was slain; and those who followed him were scattered and nothing came of them; 37after him rose up Yehudah the Gelili, in the days when people were registering for the head tax, and he misled many people into following him. He died; and all of those who followed him were dispersed.  38So now I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this thought and this work is of men, it will fail and pass away.  39But if it is of Elohim, you cannot suppress it, lest perchance you find yourself standing in opposition to Elohim.”  40And they listened to him, and they called the Shlikhim and scourged them, and commanded them not to speak in the Name of Yeshua, and they let them go.  41The Shlikhim went out from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they had been worthy to suffer abuse for the sake of His Name.  42And they did not cease to teach daily in the Heikhal and at home, and to declare concerning Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh.

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