Mat 23:37-39. 38 Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate.

Imperative: Mat 23:37-39. 38 Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate.
Context: Mat 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!

Mat 23:38 Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate.

Mat 23:39 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

GREEK VERBS:    
Mat 23:38 Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate.
  3708 [e]
38   idou
38   ἰδοὺ  ,
38   Behold
38   V-AMA-2S
863 [e]
aphietai
ἀφίεται
is left
V-PIM/P-3S
4771 [e]
hymin
ὑμῖν
to you
PPro-D2P
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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