Mat 23:01-4. 3 so keep whatever they tell you, but not what they do

Imperative: Mat 23:01-4. 3 so keep whatever they tell you, but not what they do

Context: Mat 23:01 Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples,

Mat 23:2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat;

Mat 23:3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.

Mat 23:4 They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.

GREEK VERBS:    
Mat 23:3 so practice and observe (keep) whatever they tell you,
4160 [e]
poiēsate
ποιήσατε  ,
keep
V-AMA-2P
3 but not what they do
2532 [e]
kai
καὶ
also
Conj
5083 [e]
tēreite
τηρεῖτε  .
keep
V-PMA-2P
2596 [e]
kata
κατὰ
after
Prep
1161 [e]
de
δὲ
however
Conj
3588 [e]
ta
τὰ
the
Art-ANP
2041 [e]
erga
ἔργα
works
N-ANP
846 [e]
autōn
αὐτῶν  ,
of them
PPro-GM3P
3361 [e]

μὴ
not
Adv
4160 [e]
poieite
ποιεῖτε  .
do
V-PMA-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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