Mat 20:17-28. 18 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem;

Imperative: Mat 20:17-28. 18 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem;
Context: Mat 20:17-28 And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them,

Mat 20:18 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death,

Mat 20:19 and deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”

Contrast with the previous

Mat 20:20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him, with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something.

Mat 20:21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Command that these two sons of mine may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.”

Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.”

Mat 20:23 He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

Mat 20:24 And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers.

Mat 20:25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.

Mat 20:26 It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant,

Mat 20:27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave;

Mat 20:28 even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

GREEK VERBS:   
Mat 20:18 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; (Jesus says this)
18   3708 [e]
18   Idou
18   Ἰδοὺ  ,
18   Behold
18   V-AMA-2S
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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