Mat 14:1-12. At that time Herod the tetrarch heard (No imperative)

Imperative: Mat 14:1-12. At that time Herod the tetrarch heard (No imperative)
Context: Mat 14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus;

Mat 14:2 and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him.”

Mat 14:3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife;

Mat 14:4 because John said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

Mat 14:5 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet.

Mat 14:6 But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and pleased Herod,

Mat 14:7 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.

Mat 14:8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.”

Mat 14:9 And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given;

Mat 14:10 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison,

Mat 14:11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.

Mat 14:12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.

GREEK VERBS:    (No imperative)
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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