Mat 8:23-27 And when he got into the boat (No imperative)

No Imperative.

Context  

Mat 8:23  And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.

Mat 8:24  And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.

Mat 8:25  And they went and woke him, saying, “Save, Lord; we are perishing.”

Mat 8:26  And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Mat 8:27  And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

 

GREEK VERBS:   No imperative verbs spoken by Jesus are present.

Command:

Mat 8:26 … Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Command text.

REFLECTION 8.8.16
Another Insight in this chapter about what it means for Jesus to be Lord.
Jesus is also Lord over the wind and the weather, to protect his followers.
The disciples are surprised. They saw the miracles yet their surprise reveals that they saw him as limited. They did turn to him in time of need … but in Mark it’s more a complaint than a prayer. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” – Mark 4:38

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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