Imperative: Mat 26:36-46. 36 “Sit here 38 remain here, and watch 39 let this cup pass 41 Watch and pray 42 thy will be done.” 45, 46 Behold 46 Rise,
Context: Mat 26:36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go yonder and pray.”
Mat 26:37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
Mat 26:38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”
Mat 26:39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
Mat 26:40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour?
Mat 26:41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Mat 26:42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, thy will be done.”
Mat 26:43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
Mat 26:44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.
Mat 26:45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Mat 26:46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
36 “Sit here
38 remain here, and watch with me.”
39 let this cup pass
41 Watch and pray
42 thy will be done.”
45, 46 Behold
46 ἐγείρεσθε ,
46 Rise up
let us go
S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?
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?
What does this say to my context as a …
… follower of Jesus?
… to a church?
… to a community – my neighbors?
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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