Mat 05:17 “Think not that I have come to abolish (no imperatives)

Imperative: No imperative verbs are present.
Context: 

Mat 05:17  “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Mat 5:18  For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.

Mat 5:19  Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven;
but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:20  For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Advocated behaviors, therefore, a command

GREEK VERBS:  No imperative verbs are present.
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?

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?
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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?
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CONTEXTUALIZING QUESTIONS What does this say to my context as a ……. person?… follower of Jesus? … to a church? … to a community – my neighbors?

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