Mat 11:16-19. “But to what shall I compare this generation? (No imperative)

Imperative: Mat 11:16-19. “But to what shall I compare this generation? (No imperative)

Context: Mat 11:16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates,

Mat 11:17 ‘We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’

Mat 11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’;

Mat 11:19 the Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

 

GREEK VERBS:   No imperatives spoken by Jesus as commands.
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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