The three imperatives

The three imperatives

"So I say to you: ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." ( Luke, 11:9 )

Ask, seek, and knock.

These three imperatives of the recommendations of Jesus were not pronounced without a special significance.

In the entangled struggles and debts in the terrestrial experience, it is crucial that the individual learns to ask for the paths of liberation from old conventional suffocating chains, sterile preconceptions, and empty old habits. It is necessary to forcefully and decisively desire to come out of that dark brush in which the majority of individuals lose sight of the eternal interests.

Immediately thereafter, it is imperative to seek.

The procurement consists of selective efforts. The field is replete with inferior attractions, some of which are full of brilliant suggestions. It is indispensable to locate the dignified sanctifying action. Many seek dangerous mirages somewhat like that of the butterfly that becomes fascinated with the brightness of a fire. They approach from afar, and get close to the flames, which consumes the blessing of their body.

It is imperative to learn to seek out legitimate goodness.

Once the sanctifying path is established, the moment has arrived to knock on the door of edification; but, without hammering methodically and without the chisel of good will, it is extremely difficult to transforn the resources of the corporeal life into luminous works of divine art, when looking ahead to spiritual happiness and eternal love.

It will matter little to pray without direction, to procure without examination, and to act without an elevated objective.

Let us plead with the Father for our liberation from primitive animalism. Let us seek the sublime spirituality and work to localize ourselves within it, in order to become converted into faithful instruments of the Divine Will.

Ask, Seek, and Knock!... This trilogy of Jesus enfolds a special significance for the students of the Gospel in all epochs.

Our daily bread - Emmanuel - Francisco C Xavier.

Pirke Avot 1:19 (Wisdom/Sayings/Ethics of the Fathers)

Rabban Shime'on ben Gamliel said, On three things the world stands; on Judgment, and on Truth, and on Peace.


Only developing the subject a bit further.

While Judgment, Truth and Peace are things to build the world upon, in my opinion it is Love that keeps things together.

On another approach, Ask, Seek and Knock are verbs, actions that need to be performed. Perhaps to find those basis?

What do you think?

I can see the psychology of using verb actions rather than nouns in an approach. Judaism doesn't speak so much about love as about fulfiling commandments with loving-kindness and repairing the world with joy- but its in the same vein.

Matthew 22:"37: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy
soul, and with all thy mind.
38: This is the first and great commandment.
39: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself.
40: On these two commandments hang all the law and the
prophets." These are the two great imperatives, within
these two is the would be the third which is found in
Romans 10:"9: That if thou shalt confess with thy
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart
that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
10: For with the heart man believeth unto
righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made
unto salvation."



I´m sorry, but I know many "christians" that with the mouth confess the Lord Jesus, but with their actions they act the opposite.

Donna Troy,

Unfortunately, I know people like that as well. What
is the solution? I believe that through prayer,
meditation, studying (especially the Bible), and
working at controlling our thoughts and actions we can
be more Christ like. None of us will ever be perfect
but it is a goal to work towards. Confessing Christ
and acting like the devil drags us all down.


How have you been furey? You've been in my prayers.

Jesus knew his Tanach! Deut 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

In the Talmud, its often associated with Rabbi Akiva (who was murdered by the Romans in 72CE).