There are exactly seven “single word commands”* given by Jesus in the Bible. That is, there are seven times when Jesus said, “COMMAND!”
- Jesus commanded the demons, “Go!” (Mt 8:32)
- He commanded Peter, “Come!” (and walk on water, Mt 14:29)
- He commanded His hearers, “Listen!” (to the Parable of the Sower, Mk 4:3)
- He commanded a little dead girl, “Arise!” (Mt 5:41)
- He also commanded a dead man, “Arise!” (Luke 7:14)
- He commanded his disciples after they saw him in His resurrected body the first time, “Rejoice!” (Mt 28:9)
- Jesus commands you and me, “Watch!” (Mt 13:37)
Sadly, one other place where this type of construction is used is with the crowd at Jesus’ sentencing. They commanded Pilate twice, “Let-Him-be-crucified!” (these four words in English are actually the single Greek word: Σταυρωθήτω, Mt 27:22,23)
This is so amazing to me!!
* Deeper geek explanation: The above are the 7 commands of Jesus where the only child in the dialogical frame is an imperative. My query was run on Logos 5 Lexham Syntactic Greek NT database.