Mat 12:38-45. 41, 42. and behold … and behold

Imperative: Mat 12:38-45. 41, 42. and behold … and behold

Context: Mat 12:38  Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”

Mat 12:39  But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Mat 12:40  For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Mat 12:41  The men of Nineveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

Mat 12:42  The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

Mat 12:43  “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest, but he finds none.

Mat 12:44  Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.


Mat 12:45  Then he goes and brings with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be also with this evil generation.”.

GREEK VERBS:   

GREEK VERBS
2532 [e]
kai
καὶ
and
Conj
3708 [e]
idou
ἰδοὺ  ,
behold
V-AMA-2S
4119 [e]
pleion
πλεῖον
greater
Adj-NNS-C
2495 [e]
Iōna
Ἰωνᾶ
than Jonah
N-GMS
5602 [e]
hōde
ὧδε  .
here
Adv
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;
of Solomon
N-GMS
2532 [e]
kai
καὶ
and
Conj
3708 [e]
idou
ἰδοὺ  ,
behold
V-AMA-2S
4119 [e]
pleion
πλεῖον
greater
Adj-NNS-C
4672 [e]
Solomōnos
Σολομῶνος
than Solomon
N-GMS
5602 [e]
hōde
ὧδε  .
here
Adv
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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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