Mat 15:29-39. The Feeding of the Four Thousand (No imperative)

Imperative: Mat 15:29-39. The Feeding of the Four Thousand (No imperative spoken by Jesus)
Context: Mat 15:29 And Jesus went on from there and passed along the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain, and sat down there.

Mat 15:30 And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them,

Mat 15:31 so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

Mat 15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

Mat 15:33 And the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get bread enough in the desert to feed so great a crowd?”

Mat 15:34 And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”

Mat 15:35 And commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground,

Mat 15:36 he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

Mat 15:37 And they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.

Mat 15:38 Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.

Mat 15:39 And sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.

 

GREEK VERBS:    (No imperative)
Exegesis:

Mat 15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

Announcing what he wants is a command. Not an imperative.

Mat 15:39 And sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.

Always on the move

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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