Matthew 13:18-23. 18 “Hear then the parable of the sower… “

Imperative: Matthew 13:18-23. 18 “Hear then the parable of the sower… ”
Context: Mat 13:18  “Hear then the parable of the sower.

Mat 13:19  When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path.

Mat 13:20  As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

Mat 13:21  yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.

Mat 13:22  As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

Mat 13:23  As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

GREEK VERBS:   
18   4771 [e]
18   Hymeis
18   Ὑμεῖς
18   You
18   PPro-N2P
3767 [e]
oun
οὖν
therefore
Conj
191 [e]
akousate
ἀκούσατε
hear
V-AMA-2P
3588 [e]
tēn
τὴν
the
Art-AFS
3850 [e]
parabolēn
παραβολὴν
parable
N-AFS
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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