Mat 26:47-56. 52 “Put your sword back

Imperative: Mat 26:47-56. 52 “Put your sword back
Context: Mat 26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.

Mat 26:48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him.”

Mat 26:49 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Hail, Master!” And he kissed him.

Mat 26:50 Jesus said to him, “Friend, why are you here?” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.

Mat 26:51 And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

Mat 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.

Mat 26:53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?

Mat 26:54 But how then should the scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”

Mat 26:55 At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me.

Mat 26:56 But all this has taken place, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.

GREEK VERBS:    
52 “Put your sword back
654 [e]
Apostrepson
Ἀπόστρεψον
Return
V-AMA-2S
3588 [e]
tēn
τὴν
the
Art-AFS
3162 [e]
machairan
μάχαιράν
sword
N-AFS
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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