Mat 24:32-42. 32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson … 42 Watch therefore,

Imperative: Mat 24:32-42. 32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: … 42 watch, therefore

Context: Mat 24:32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.

Mat 24:33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

Mat 24:34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place.

Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Mat 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Mat 24:37 As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man.

Mat 24:38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark,

Mat 24:39 and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man.

Mat 24:40 Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left.

Mat 24:41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left.

Mat 24:42 Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

Mat 24:32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson
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S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?
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?
What does this say to my context as a …
…. person?
… follower of Jesus? 
… to a church? 
… to a community – my neighbors?

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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