There are no imperatives spoken by Jesus in Matthew 1.
The chapter contains two sections:
Mat 01:01-17 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ
Mat 01:18-25 “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife …
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Context: Can we infer commands from this context? Use the questions below to consider this.
Specifically, is Joseph’s behavior a model for us to imitate?
20 But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit;
24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife …
S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?
What gets your attention?
What human needs or problems relate to the text?
What is it like to have that problem?
What other resources connect to this idea?
What is the solution suggested in the text, if there is one?
What would a camera see if the solution was implemented in my life, in my family’s life, or in my church or community?
What are the steps that I would take on Monday to implement that solution?
CONTEXTUALIZING QUESTIONS What does this say to my context as a ……. person?… follower of Jesus? … to a church? … to a community – my neighbors?
What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?
The photo of Il sogno di San Giuseppe by Antonio Ciseri is from Saint Joseph’s dreams
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