Mat 12:30-37. 33 “Either make the tree good … or make the tree bad  

Imperative: Mat 12:30-37. 33 “Either make the tree good … or make the tree bad
Context: Mat 12:30 He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.

Mat 12:31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.

Mat 12:32 And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Mat 12:33 “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.

Mat 12:34 You brood of vipers! how can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Mat 12:35 The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.

Mat 12:36 I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter;

Mat 12:37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

GREEK VERBS: 

GREEK VERBS
 
 
33   Ἢ
33   Either
33   Conj
4160 [e]
poiēsate
ποιήσατε
make
V-AMA-2P
3588 [e]
to
τὸ
the
Art-ANS
1186 [e]
dendron
δένδρον
tree
N-ANS
2570 [e]
kalon
καλὸν
good
Adj-ANS
 
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kalon
καλόν  ,
good
Adj-AMS
2228 [e]
ē

or
Conj
4160 [e]
poiēsate
ποιήσατε
make
V-AMA-2P
3588 [e]
to
τὸ
the
Art-ANS
1186 [e]
dendron
δένδρον
tree
N-ANS
4550 [e]
sapron
σαπρὸν
bad
Adj-ANS
 
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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