Mat 22:15-22. 19 Show me the money for the tax.” 21  “Render therefore to Caesar 

Imperative: Mat 22:15-22. 19 Show me the money for the tax.” 21  “Render therefore to Caesar 

Context: Mat 22:15 Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how to entangle him in his talk.

Mat 22:16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men.

Mat 22:17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”

Mat 22:18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites?

Mat 22:19 Show me the money for the tax.” And they brought him a coin.

Mat 22:20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?”

Mat 22:21 They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Mat 22:22 When they heard it, they marveled; and they left him and went away.

GREEK VERBS:    
Mat 22:19 Show me the money for the tax.”
19   1925 [e]
19   epideixate
19   ἐπιδείξατέ
19   Show
19   V-AMA-2P
1473 [e]
moi
μοι
me
PPro-D1S
3588 [e]
to
τὸ
the
Art-ANS
3546 [e]
nomisma
νόμισμα
coin
N-ANS
Mat 22:21  “Render therefore to Caesar
591 [e]
Apodote
Ἀπόδοτε
give
V-AMA-2P
3767 [e]
oun
οὖν
then
Conj
3588 [e]
ta
τὰ
the things
Art-ANP
2541 [e]
Kaisaros
Καίσαρος
of Ceasar
N-GMS
2541 [e]
Kaisari
Καίσαρι  ,
to Ceasar
N-DMS
Exegesis:
S.O.W. QUESTIONS
S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?
DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
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?


RESOURCES
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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