Context: Mat 15:1 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
Mat 15:2 “Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.”
Mat 15:3 He answered them, “And why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
A response to their question but an implied command
Mat 15:4 For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die.’
Mat 15:5 But you say, ‘If any one tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is given to God, he need not honor his father.’
Mat 15:6 So, for the sake of your tradition, you have made void the word of God.
Mat 15:7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
Mat 15:8 ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;
Mat 15:9 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'”
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?
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