Mat 24:23-28. 23, 25, 26 Behold – four times

Imperative: Mat 24:23-28. 23, 25, 26 Behold – four times
Context: Mat 24:23 Then if any one says to you, ‘Lo, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.

Mat 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Mat 24:25 Lo, I have told you beforehand.

Mat 24:26 So, if they say to you, ‘Lo, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; if they say, ‘Lo, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.

Mat 24:27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man.

Mat 24:28 Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

GREEK VERBS:    
23 ‘Lo, here is the Christ!’
3708 [e]
Idou
Ἰδοὺ  ,
Behold
V-AMA-2S
5602 [e]
hōde
ὧδε
here [is]
Adv
3588 [e]
ho

the
Art-NMS
5547 [e]
Christos
Χριστός  ,
Christ
N-NMS
25, 26 Behold – three times
   3708 [e]
25   idou
25   ἰδοὺ  ,
25   Behold
25   V-AMA-2S
4302 [e]
proeirēka
προείρηκα
I have foretold [it]
V-RIA-1S
4771 [e]
hymin
ὑμῖν  .
to you
PPro-D2P
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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