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There is the Greek word epitasso (epetaxen)[1] which appears 10 times and means to enjoin upon, order, command, charge. Jesus uses this word when He commanded His disciples to organize the people in small groups or companies networked together in ranks of fifty and ranks of a hundred.

The word "rank" is repeated several times in the original Greek text. It is from the Greek word prasia from a Hebrew idiom.[10] This has nothing to do with rank of authority like a military rank of authority but a reference to a way to network the different small groups of ten so that there can be a way to ensure that everyone is accounted for.

This pattern of tens, hundreds and thousands was used by Moses and Jethro and countless other nations throughout the ages. It was one of the most predominant forms of self government used throughout history. It was a voluntary system used by Early Israel, the Teutons, Saxons, Lumbards and many other societies. This simple pattern allowed them to provide a Daily ministration for the welfare of all early Christians through the practice Pure Religion which was the Corban of Christ which helped early Christians survive and thrive while the Imperial Cult of Rome declined and fell.

Each small group or "company" chose a leader[11] of their group who would keep them connected to nine other groups. In this way, small intimate groups were able to organize a large multitude of people without having to exercise authority one over the other.

There was going to be a need to know that there was proper division of the bread from house to house. Without that network the daily ministration, especially over the whole Roman Empire, as we see being done in Acts would be impossible. Each company of elders would pick one elder to gather together with nine men like himself to create a small group of ten men who could oversee a righteous distribution to a hundred.

  • Mark 6: 41 "And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed), and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all."

The “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" of Hebrews 10:25 was exemplified when the disciples were "commanded" by Jesus to make the people sit down in "ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties."[12]

The purpose of organizing in this fashion was more than two-fold. The apostles would receive and distribute (breaking) what people were willing to share as we see in:

Acts 2:46 And every day, they continued to gather together in the temple, breaking (klōntes | κλῶντες) bread from house to house, sharing their food with joy and simplicity of heart,
Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, when we had gathered to break (klasai | κλάσαι) bread, Paul addressed them, and since he intended to leave the next day, he continued his message until midnight.
1 Corinthians 10:16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break (klōmen | κλῶμεν), is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?
1 Corinthians 11:24 and after giving thanks, he broke (eklasen | ἔκλασεν) it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

We see this same pattern of Tens when the disciples were told to make the people sit down by fifties in a company in Luke 9:14.[13]

But this pattern of Tens was at essential at Pentecost when thousands upon thousands of Jewish citizens accepted Jesus as the Christ and king and upon their Baptism they were cast of the system of Corban that was making the word of God to none effect.

This organized gathering in Tens was to implement the welfare of The Congregation of the people, for the benefit of the people by the people's fervent charity freely provided through the hands of Jesus' disciples. The early Church practiced Pure Religion in a network of charity and hope that bound the people together in love. This righteous Corban of Christ would make the word of God to effect again.

The entire Christian conflict with Rome was rooted in the "union and discipline" of their network of Charity. The true Early Christian did not apply for benefits at the government temples of Rome nor did they take part in the Imperial Cult of Rome of social welfare provided through the Fathers of the earth who called themselves Benefactors but exercised authority one over the other.

  1. 2004 ~ἐπιτάσσω~ epitasso \@ep-ee-tas’-so\@ from 1909 and 5021; ; v AV-command 8, charge 1, enjoin 1; 10
    1) to enjoin upon, order, command, charge
    The Greek word epitasso translated command appear 10 times but only a few times in the Bible in reference to Jesus. He commanded unclean spirits in Mark 1:27, Luke 4:36, Mark 9:25 and in Luke 8:31. We also see Him command the wind in Luke 8:25.
    While Jesus uses the word in Luke 14:22 in a parable of a master commanding his servants to gather people for the wedding feast the only time Jesus commanded people was his disciples in Mark 6:39 to make all sit down by companies.
    In Mark 6:27 we see the king sent an executioner, and commanded John the Baptist's head to be brought and Acts 23:2 The high priest Ananias commanded men to smite Jesus on the mouth.
    It is very clear the word epitasso is not an invitation, a suggestion, advise, statement
    The word "commandments" is not the same and it is usually the Greek word entole which means more a precept or a statement like the word we see in the Old Testament for Commandments.
    also Philemon 1:8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin <2004> thee that which is convenient,
  2. Mark 6:39
    • Westcott and Hort 1881
    καὶ ἐπέταξεν αὐτοῖς ἀνακλιθῆναι πάντας συμπόσια συμπόσια ἐπὶ τῷ χλωρῷ χόρτῳ.
    And he commanded them to make sit down all by companies by companies upon the green grass.
    kai epetaxen autois anaklinai pantas symposia symposia epi chlōrō chortō.
    καὶ ἐπέταξεν αὐτοῖς ἀνακλιθῆναι πάντας συμπόσια συμπόσια ἐπὶ τῷ χλωρῷ χόρτῳ.
    And he commanded them to make sit down all by companies by companies upon the green grass.
  3. Matthew 15:35 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
  4. The word companies is repeated twice in the original text.
    4849 ~συμπόσιον~ sumposion \@soom-pos’-ee-on\@ from a derivative of the alternate of 4844; ; n n AV-company 1, not tr. 1; Repeated twice in Mark 6:39
    1) a drinking party, entertainment
    1a) of the party itself, the guests
    1b) rows of guests
    "The symposium (or symposion) was an important part of ancient Greek culture from the 7th century BCE and was a party held in a private home where Greek males gathered to drink, eat and sing together. Various topics were also discussed such as philosophy, politics, poetry and the issues of the day."
    " The equivalent of a Greek symposium in Roman society is the Latin convivium."
    Plato in his "Laws" endorses the benefits of the symposium as a means to test and promote virtue in citizens.
    This word sumposion is derived in part from the word pino which means "figuratively, to receive into the soul what serves to refresh strengthen, nourish it unto life eternal"
  5. Green from the Greek word chloros can mean yellowish pale because it is not the primary word for green.
  6. Is the green grass like the green pastures of Psalms 23:2 "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters." The word pasture is na’ah meaning a habitation or abode in the sense of "beautiful" and "befitting". Green in Hebrew is deshe from dasha meaning cause to sprout or come forth.
  7. Mark 6:40
    Westcott and Hort 1881
    καὶ ἀνέπεσαν πρασιαὶ πρασιαὶ κατὰ ἑκατὸν καὶ κατὰ πεντήκοντα.
    And they sat down in ranks, in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
    kai anepesan prasiai prasiai kata hekaton kai kata pentēkonta.
    καὶ ἀνέπεσαν πρασιαὶ πρασιαὶ κατὰ ἑκατὸν καὶ κατὰ πεντήκοντα.
    And they sat down in ranks, in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
  8. ranks is also repeated twice in original text and is from the word prasia which as a Hebrew idiom i.e. they reclined in ranks or divisions, so that several ranks formed, as it were separate plots.
  9. 10 x 10=100 and 100 x 50=5000 men or husbands which were present(Mark 6:44 )
  10. 4237 ~πρασιά~ prasia \@pras-ee-ah’\@ perhaps from prason (a leek, and so an onion-patch); ; n f AV-in ranks 1, not tr. 1; 2
    1) a plot of ground, a garden bed
    2) Hebrew idiom i.e. they reclined in ranks or divisions, so that several ranks formed, as it were separate plots
  11. 1588 ~ἐκλεκτός~ eklektos \@ek-lek-tos’\@ from 1586; TDNT-4:181,505; {See TDNT 431} adj AV-elect 16, chosen 7; 23
    1) picked out, chosen
    1a) chosen by God,
    1a1) to obtain salvation through Christ
    1a1a) Christians are called "chosen or elect" of God
    1a2) the Messiah is called "elect," as appointed by God to the most exalted office conceivable
    1a3) choice, select, i.e. the best of its kind or class, excellence preeminent: applied to certain individual Christians
  12. John 6:10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
    Luke 9:15 "And they did so, and made them all sit down."
  13. Luke 9:14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.