Mat 6:1  “Beware of practicing your piety … do not let your left hand know

Imperative: Mat 6:1  “Beware of practicing your piety … do not let your left hand know
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Mat 6:1  “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

Mat 6:2  “Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

Mat 6:3  But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

Mat 6:4  so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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GREEK VERBS:   
V-PMA-2P = Verb – Tense: Present/Mood: Imperative/Voice: Active – Person: 2nd Person Plural
1
1   4337 [e]
1   Prosechete
1   Προσέχετε
1   Beware
1   V-PMA-2P
1161 [e]
de
δὲ
moreover
Conj
3588 [e]
tēn
τὴν
the
Art-AFS
1343 [e]
dikaiosynēn
δικαιοσύνην
righteousness
N-AFS
4771 [e]
hymōn
ὑμῶν
of you
PPro-G2P
V-AMA-2S = Verb – Tense: Aorist/Mood: Imperative/Voice: Active – Person: 2nd Person Singular
3
3361 [e]

μὴ
not
Adv
1097 [e]
gnōtō
γνώτω
let know
V-AMA-3S
3588 [e]


the
Art-NFS
710 [e]
aristera
ἀριστερά
left [hand]
Adj-NFS

 

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S.O.W. QUESTIONS
S. What does it say?
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O. What does it say that I need to obey?
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W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?
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DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What gets your attention?
What human needs or problems relate to the text?
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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?
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CONTEXTUALIZING QUESTIONS 
What does this say to my context as a …
…. person?
… follower of Jesus? 
… to a church? 
… to a community – my neighbors?
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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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