Mat 23:29-36. 32 Fill up, then, … 34 Behold

Imperative: Mat 23:29-36. 32 Fill up, then, … 34 Behold
Context: Mat 23:29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,

Mat 23:30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’

Mat 23:31 Thus you witness against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.

Mat 23:32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.

Mat 23:33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?

Mat 23:34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from town to town,

Mat 23:35 that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.

Mat 23:36 Truly, I say to you, all this will come upon this generation.

GREEK VERBS:    
32
4137 [e]
plērōsate
πληρώσατε
fill you up
V-AMA-2P
3588 [e]
to
τὸ
the
Art-ANS
3358 [e]
metron
μέτρον
measure
N-ANS
Mat 23:34 Therefore I send you prophets
3708 [e]
idou
ἰδοὺ  ,
behold
V-AMA-2S
1473 [e]
egō
ἐγὼ
I
PPro-N1S
649 [e]
apostellō
ἀποστέλλω
send
V-PIA-1S
4314 [e]
pros
πρὸς
to
Prep
4771 [e]
hymas
ὑμᾶς
you
PPro-A2P
4396 [e]
prophētas
προφήτας
prophets
N-AMP
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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