Matthew 9:9-13. 9, 13 “Follow me.” … learn what this means

Imperative: Mat 09:09 he said to him, “Follow me.” … Mat 9:13  Go and learn what this means,

Context

Mat 09:09  As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

Mat 9:10  And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.

Mat 9:11  And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

Mat 9:12  But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.

 

Mat 9:13  Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

 

 GREEK VERBS:   
 190 [e]Akolouthei
κολούθει
Follow
V-PMA-2S

1473 [e]
moi
μοι .
me
PPro-D1S

3129 [e]
mathete
μάθετε
learn
V-AMA-2P
Exegesis:

Mat 09:09  As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

Mat 9:10  And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.

Consequence of command: a community of sinners forms around those who follow Jesus, and Jesus is there in the midst of that social network.

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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