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The Church Persecuted and Scattered...
And Sha`ul was giving approval to his death. And on that day there was a great persecution against the assembly which was at Yerushalayim, and they were all scattered throughout the countries of Yehudah and Shomeron, except the emissaries.
And dedicated men buried Stephanos, and made great lamentation over him.
But Sha'ul was ravaging the assembly, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, putting them in prison.
Philip in Samaria...
Then those who had been scattered went everywhere bringing the Good News: the Word!
And going down to the city of Shomeron Philip proclaimed Messiah to them.
And the crowds with one mind heeded what Philip said, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
For unclean spirits came out of many who were possessed, crying with a loud voice, and many who were paralysed and lame were healed.
And there came to be great joy in that city.
Simon the Sorcerer...
Now there was a certain man called Shim`on, who formerly was practising magic in the city and astonishing the people of Shomeron, claiming to be someone great,
to whom they all were giving heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, 'This one is the power of Elohim, which is great.'
And they were giving heed to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.
And when they believed Philip as he brought the Good News about the reign of Elohim and the Name of Yahushua Messiah, both men and women were immersed.
And Shim'on himself also believed. And when he was immersed he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which took place.
And when the emissaries who were at Yerushalayim heard that Shomeron had received the Word of Elohim, they sent Kepha and Yohanan to them,
who, when they had come down, prayed for them to receive the Set-apart Spirit,
for He had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been immersed in the Name of the Master Yahushua.
(Topics: Baptism of the Holy Spirit)
Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Set-apart Spirit.
(Topics: Baptism of the Holy Spirit)
And Shim'on, seeing that through the laying on of the hands of the emissaries the Set-apart Spirit was given, he offered them money,
saying, 'Give me this authority too, so that anyone I lay hands on shall receive the Set-apart Spirit.'
But Kepha said to him, 'Let your silver perish with you, because you thought to buy the gift of Elohim through money!
'You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before Elohim.
'Repent therefore of this evil of yours, and plead with Elohim to forgive you the intention of your heart.
'For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by unrighteousness.'
But Shim'on answering, said, 'Plead with the Master for me, so that none of what you had said shall come upon me.'
Then after they had earnestly witnessed and spoken the Word of YHWH, they returned to Yerushalayim, bringing the Good News in many villages of the Shomeronites.
Philip and the Ethiopian...
But a messenger of YHWH spoke to Philip, saying, `Arise and go toward the south along the way which goes down from Yerushalayim to Azzah.` This is desert.
And he arose and went, and saw, a man of Kush, a eunuch of great authority under Kandake the sovereigness of the Kushites, who was in charge of all her treasury, and had come to Yerushalayim to worship,
and was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Yeshayahu.
And the Spirit said to Philip, 'Go near and join him in that chariot.'
And running up, Philip heard him reading the prophet Yeshayahu, and said, 'Do you know what you are reading?'
And he said, 'How am I able, unless someone guides me?' And he called Philip near, to come up and sit with him.
And the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this, 'He was led as a sheep to slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so He opened not His mouth.
'In His humiliation He was deprived of right-ruling. And who shall declare His generation? Because His life was taken from the earth.'
And the eunuch, answering Philip, said, 'I ask you, about whom does the prophet say this, about himself or about some other?'
And Philip opening his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, brought to him the Good News: Yahushua!
And as they were going on the way, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, 'Look, water! What hinders me from being immersed?'
And Philip said, 'If you believe with all your heart, it is permitted.' And he answering, said, 'I believe that Yahushua Messiah is the Son of Elohim.'
And he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he immersed him.
And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of YHWH caught Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went his way, rejoicing.
Philip, however, was found at Ashdod. And passing through, he brought the Good News in all the cities until he came to Caesarea.