Mat 24:15-22. 15  (let the reader understand),  16 flee 18  not turn back 20 Pray that

Imperative: Mat 24:15-22. 15  (let the reader understand),  16 flee 18  not turn back 20 Pray that
Context: Mat 24:15 “So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),

Mat 24:16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains;

Mat 24:17 let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house;

Mat 24:18 and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle.

Mat 24:19 And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days!

Mat 24:20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath.

Mat 24:21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.

Mat 24:22 And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

GREEK VERBS:   
15
3539 [e]
noeitō
νοείτω  ,
let him understand
V-PMA-3S
16
5343 [e]
pheugetōsan
φευγέτωσαν
let them flee
V-PMA-3P
18
3361 [e]

μὴ
Neither
Adv
1994 [e]
epistrepsatō
ἐπιστρεψάτω
let him return
V-AMA-3S
3694 [e]
opisō
ὀπίσω
back
Adv
20
20   4336 [e]
20   proseuchesthe
20   προσεύχεσθε
20   pray
20   V-PMM/P-2P
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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