Seven commands of Jesus tell amazing story

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.

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Author: Shawn Nelson

Shawn Nelson is the President of Geeky Christian, a ministry which seeks to use technology to evangelize the lost and provide free material for Christian growth. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from San Diego Christian College and an MDiv from Veritas International University where he is currently a Doctor of Ministry student. He is married with two children. He is also the author of several free books and others on Amazon.

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