Mat 25: 31-46. 34 ‘Come … inherit … 41  ‘Depart from me, 

Imperative: Mat 25: 31-46. 34 ‘Come … inherit … 41  ‘Depart from me, 
Context: Mat 25:31 “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.

Mat 25:32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,

Mat 25:33 and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.

Mat 25:34 Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;

Mat 25:35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

Mat 25:36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in person and you came to me.’

Mat 25:37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?

Mat 25:38 And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee?

Mat 25:39 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’

Mat 25:40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’

Mat 25:41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;

Mat 25:42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,

Mat 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’

Mat 25:44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’

Mat 25:45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’

Mat 25:46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

GREEK VERBS:    
34 ‘Come … inherit
1205 [e]
Deute
Δεῦτε  ,
Come
V-M-2P
2816 [e]
klēronomēsate
κληρονομήσατε
inherit
V-AMA-2P
41  ‘Depart from me,
4198 [e]
Poreuesthe
Πορεύεσθε
Depart
V-PMM/P-2P
575 [e]
ap’
ἀπ’
from
Prep
1473 [e]
emou
ἐμοῦ  ,
Me
PPro-G1S
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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