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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Acts 11 מעשי השליחים

מעשי השליחים

Acts 11 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

1.   What does the text mean when it says: Gentiles also had received the “Word of God”? explain…

2.   What is the significance of vs. 2 by saying that Shimon “went up”; and what is the “issue” that those of the circumcision took up with him?

3.   What is a מעשיה Ma’aseh, and what were the legal grounds for which Shimon could present his case for Gentile believers?

4.   What was the “persecution” referenced in vs. 19, who were the Phoneicians where is it located, and also Cyprus & Antioch, who are the peoples of those cities and where are they located, and who did the message go to first, why?

5.   Who were the men of Cyprus and Cyrene, what do we know about them and the places they are from; and…who are the “Hellenists” were they Gentiles or Greek-speaking Jews?

6.   Why was Barnabas a good choice to send to Antioch to investigate, why did he choose to go fetch Shaul, and what is significant about the word χριστιᾱνός Christianós; does it indicate a “new religion” separate from Judaism, why?

7.   What is significant of the prophets “coming down”, what seems to be the function of these prophetic-apostles what do we know about them; who is Agabus and what do we know about him, and finally what is significant about the mentioning of the era of Claudius?

Moving to Israel to ESCAPE Terrorism?

Moving to Israel to ESCAPE Terrorism?: As Islamic terrorism spreads, Jewish communities in the West are an increasingly favorite target

Moving to Israel to ESCAPE Terrorism?

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Acts 10 מעשי השליחים

1.   Who is Cornelius, what do we know about him?

2.   How was Cornelius’ vision similar to Paul’s in the last chapter, how was it different?

3.   Why did Shaliach Shimon go on the roof, how was his vision similar and different to Cornelius’ and Shaul’s?

4.   What does Shimon Kefa mean when he says, he’s never eaten anything unholy or unclean, what Scriptures describe the regulations of clean and unclean foods? 

5.   How did the “voice” interpret the vision for Peter, what was the vision really about; and what legal precedent was the “voice” making?

6.   How does vs. 23 show Shimon as having passed the first test in having obeyed the dream and the new Messianic halacha?

7.   Was Cornelius’ initial greeting of Peter upon arrival in his house just a mere form of human honor and hospitality or something more, why?

8.   What was the lesson Shimon Kefa learned about Messianic Halacha, where else is this supported in Tanakh and how is it just as applicable today in the Messianic synagogue?

9.   Why does Shimon Kefa assume that Cornelius and his family/friends are familiar with the story of B’nei Yisrael, and Yeshua (i.e. the “Good News”)?

10.                  What exactly did the Ruach falling on these Gentiles accomplish in the eyes of the Jewish apostles who witnessed it; and what did it forever settle in their minds and hearts?


Purim by UN Standards

Purim by UN Standards: Were it around at the time, the UN would probably condemn the Jews of Persia, just as it condemns Israel today

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Acts 9 מעשי השליחים

מעשי השליחים

Acts 9

1.   Why did Shaul go to the Cohen Gadol, what permission did he need, why would letters help him with his campaign, why were they intended for “synagogues”?

2.   What is significant about the “light” that flashed, and how does Shaul later explain this experience?

3.   Are there previous examples in Scripture of occasions where God speaks directly and audibly without mediation to someone? Give examples…

4.   Was Shaul’s blindness a form of “punishment” for his persecution or unbelief?  If not, what was the purpose of it?

5.   Who was Ananias, what do we know about him?

6.   Who was Judas, how did Shaul end up at his house; why was Ananias reluctant to go there, and how did Yeshua resolve his fear?

7.   What did Shaul begin immediately doing next, how could he be qualified to do it and what was the original reaction by the Jewish Community?

8.   How did Shaul escape from the plot on his life and how does he later describe this event?

9.   Before the plot how long exactly did Shaul remain in Damascus, where did he go next after his escape and why wouldn’t the disciples believe who he was?

10.                  Why did the disciples send Shaul out to Tarsus through Caesarea, what do we know about these cities that explains why this makes sense?

11.                  What do we know about Lydda, most likely why did Shimon Kefa go there and who was Aeneas, what do we know about him?

12.                  Who was Tabitha, what do we know about her, how was her healing comparable to the healing by previous men of God in the Scriptures; and who was Shimon the tanner, what do we know of him?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Acts 8 מעשי השליחים

1. What is one of the prime factors that leads up to Shaul’s violent campaign against the Messianic community, and what evidence of it do we see here in Acts 8?

2. What location was Shaul’s campaign primarily operating, and as a result how did it affect the Messianic community’s migration?

3. Who were the first “outsiders” to receive the Gospel message, and who was responsible for it and how was it a bridge to a later Apostle who would reach even greater multitudes of “Gentiles”?

4. Who were the Samaritans and how were they related to the Jews?

5. Who was Simon, what is significant of his title: “The Great Power of God”?

6. How did the Spiritual authority in Jerusalem respond to Phillip’s ministry in Samaria, and what does this say about connection between the 2 baptisms that are available to all believers?

7. Is it only the right of “Apostles” to lay hands to impart the Ruach, why couldn’t Phillip or other believers do this, and what is the reason why only Peter & John could do it?

8. What was the reason Simon’s request was “inappropriate”?

9. Why was Simon’s sin so grievous and did he or did he not truly repent?

10. What is significant about the “road” Phillip was told to go on, what do we know about it, and what water was the Eunuch baptized in?

11. Who was this Eunuch, what do we know about him, and what is the connection he has to ancient Cush? (give Biblical references)

12. What are the 2 ways in which Phillip was directed to do things by God?

13. What is significant about the passage the Eunuch was reading?

14. How is Phillip’s supernatural earthly transportation similar to other accounts in the Scriptures (give citations) and what was the city he “found himself in”, what do we know about it?

Iran test-fires 2 missiles marked with ‘Israel must be wiped out’

Iran test-fires 2 missiles marked with ‘Israel must be wiped out’

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Acts 7 מעשי השליחים

מעשי השליחים

Acts 7

1.   What were the false charges that were placed against Stephen and did he address them in his response in ch. 7?


2.   Stephen begins his response with the story of Avram’s flight from “Mesopotamia” – how is Stephen’s version slightly different from what is written in the Torah, what is the explanation for this?


3.   In vs. 6-7 Stephen lays great emphasis on Avram’s sojourn as a foreigners, how is this affine to what Hebrews says about the sojourning of “all believers”?


4.   Stephen mentions Joseph’s brother’s jealousy towards him, how does this foreshadow Yeshua and the Apostles, (give citations), and what is the problem with Stephen’s number of Jacob’s relatives when went down to Egypt?


5.   Why does Stephen mention the burial place of Abraham, what is the significance of that place, and who is buried there?

6.   What does Stephen mean when he says that Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians?


7.   How does Stephen know that Moses was about 40 when he went to visit his brethren Hebrew slaves?


8.   How could Stephen say that Moses expected and assumed that the Hebrews understood him to be their deliverer during the episode when he killed the Egyptian?  Where does he get this information?


9.   How did Stephen know that it had been 40 years passed when finally God revealed himself to Moses?

10.                  What “book of Prophets” does Stephen quote, what was the point he was making, and how does this quote also resemble what another great Prophet of Israel said about Israel turning to other gods?


11.                  Stephen begins to complete his dissertation by wrapping up to his main and central point – what is that point and to whom was it directed to?


12.                  How did Stephen actually die, how was his final words similar and in contrast to righteous men in the Bible before him?