Mat 8:28-34. 32 And he said to (the demons), “Go.”

Imperative: Mat 8:32  And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters.

Context

Mat 8:28  And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way.

Mat 8:29  And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?”

Mat 8:30  Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them.

Mat 8:31  And the demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.”

Mat 8:32  And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters.

Mat 8:33  The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs.

Mat 8:34  And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.

GREEK VERBS:   
There are 3 “Behold” and the demons requesting to be sent into the herd of pigs.
V-PMA-2P = Verb – Tense: Present/Mood: Imperative/Voice: Active – Person: 2nd Person Plural
32 said to demons
5217 [e]
Hypagete
Ὑπάγετε  .
Go
V-AMA-2S = Verb – Tense: Aorist/Mood: Imperative/Voice: Active – Person: 2nd Person Singular
 
Command:

Mat 8:32 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine
Command text.

 

 

 

REFLECTION
Another indicator of the reality that Jesus is Lord this time over the demons.

 
 
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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