Mat 07:21-29. 23 depart from me, you evildoers.’

Imperative: Mat 07:21-29. 23 depart from me, you evildoers.’
Context:  Mat 7:21 “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Imperative expectation from consequence       

Mat 7:22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’

Mat 7:23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’

Mat 7:24 “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;

Mat 7:25 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

Mat 7:26 And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;

Mat 7:27 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.”

Mat 7:28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching,

Mat 7:29 for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

IN OTHER WORDS HE ISSUED CLEAR COMMANDS

    

GREEK VERBS: V-PMA-2P = Verb – Tense: Present/Mood: Imperative/Voice: Active – Person: 2nd Person Plural
23
672 [e]
apochōreite
ἀποχωρεῖτε
depart you
V-PMA-2P
575 [e]
ap’
ἀπ’
from
Prep
1473 [e]
emou
ἐμοῦ  ,
me
PPro-G1S
3588 [e]
hoi
οἱ
those
Art-VMP
2038 [e]
ergazomenoi
ἐργαζόμενοι
working
V-PPM/P-VMP
3588 [e]
tēn
τὴν
 – 
Art-AFS
458 [e]
anomian
ἀνομίαν  .
lawlessness
N-AFS
V-AMA-2S = Verb – Tense: Aorist/Mood: Imperative/Voice: Active – Person: 2nd Person Singular
 
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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