Mat 21:18-22. 21   ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’

Imperative: Mat 21:18-22. 21   ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’

Context: 

Mat 21:18 In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry.

Mat 21:19 And seeing a fig tree by the wayside he went to it, and found nothing on it but leaves only. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.

“May no …” Command format? Curse? Greek

Mat 21:20 When the disciples saw it they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?”

Mat 21:21 And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and never doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will be done.

Mat 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

GREEK VERBS:    
Mat 21:21   ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’
142 [e]
Arthēti
Ἄρθητι
Be you taken away
V-AMP-2S
2532 [e]
kai
καὶ
and
Conj
906 [e]
blēthēti
βλήθητι
be you cast
V-AMP-2S
1519 [e]
eis
εἰς
into
Prep
3588 [e]
tēn
τὴν
the
Art-AFS
2281 [e]
thalassan
θάλασσαν  ,
sea
N-AFS
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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