Mat 7:7-12. 7,12  “Ask; seek; knock; do so to them

Imperative: Mat 7:7-12. 7,12  “Ask; seek; knock; do so to them

Mat 7:7  “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Mat 7:12  So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

Context: 

Mat 07:07  “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Mat 7:8  For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Mat 7:9  Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?

Mat 7:10  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?

Mat 7:11  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Mat 7:12  So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

Mat 7:7  “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Mat 7:12  So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

 
GREEK VERBS:
V-PMA-2P = Verb – Tense: Present/Mood: Imperative/Voice: Active – Person: 2nd Person Plural
   154 [e]
7   Aiteite
7   Αἰτεῖτε  ,
7   Ask
7   V-PMA-2P
2212 [e]
zēteite
ζητεῖτε  ,
seek
2925 [e]
krouete
κρούετε  ,
knock
12
3779 [e]
houtōs
οὕτως
so
Adv
2532 [e]
kai
καὶ
also
Conj
4771 [e]
hymeis
ὑμεῖς
you
PPro-N2P
4160 [e]
poieite
ποιεῖτε
do
V-PMA-2P
846 [e]
autois
αὐτοῖς  .
to them
PPro-DM3P
V-AMA-2S = Verb – Tense: Aorist/Mood: Imperative/Voice: Active – Person: 2nd Person Singular
 
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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