Mat 12:22-29 Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought (No imperative)  

Imperative: Mat 12:22-29 Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought (No imperative)
Context: Mat 12:22 Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw.

Mat 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?”

Mat 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.”

Mat 12:25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand;

Mat 12:26 and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?

Mat 12:27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.

Mat 12:28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Mat 12:29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.

GREEK VERBS:    (No imperative)
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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