Thursday, March 31, 2022
The Story of the Virgins
25 1-5 “God’s kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. Five were silly and five were smart. The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil. The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps. The bridegroom didn’t show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep.
6 “In the middle of the night someone yelled out, ‘He’s here! The bridegroom’s here! Go out and greet him!’
7-8 “The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready. The silly virgins said to the smart ones, ‘Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil.’
9 “They answered, ‘There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.’
10 “They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked.
11 “Much later, the other virgins, the silly ones, showed up and knocked on the door, saying, ‘Master, we’re here. Let us in.’
12 “He answered, ‘Do I know you? I don’t think I know you.’
13 “So stay alert. You have no idea when he might arrive.
-Matthew 25:1-13 The Message
Parable of Ten Virgins
25 Verse 1: “Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.
Verse 1 study: Jesus told these parables because he wanted to clarify what it meant to be ready for his return and how to live until he comes. Matthew 25:1-13 is the parable of the ten virgins. We are responsible for our own spiritual condition. Matthew 25:14-30 is the parable about using the necessity of using what God has entrusted us. Matthew 25:31-46 is the parable of the sheep and goats. This parable stresses the importance of serving others in need. No parable by itself completely describes our preparation. The parables should paint one part of the whole picture.
This parable is about a wedding. On the wedding day, the bridegroom went to the bride’s house for the ceremony; then, the bride and groom would return to the groom’s house for a big feast with a crowd lasting a week.
The ten virgins were waiting to join in the procession, in which they hoped to take part in the wedding banquet. The groom came late, and while waiting, five of their lamps ran out of oil. When they went to get more, it was too late to join in the feast.
When Jesus returns to take his people to heaven, we must be ready. Spiritual preparation can’t be brought or borrowed at the last minute. Our relationship with God must be our own.
Verse 2: Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent.
Verse 3: For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take extra oil with them;
Verse 4: but the prudent ones took oil in flasks with their lamps.
Verse 5: Now while the groom was delaying, they all became drowsy and began to sleep.
Verse 6: But at midnight there finally was a shout: ‘Behold, the groom! Come out to meet him.’
Verse 7: Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
Verse 8: But the foolish virgins said to the prudent ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’
Verse 9: However, the prudent ones answered, ‘No, there most certainly would not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
Verse 10: But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the groom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.
Verse 11: Yet later, the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open up for us.’
Verse 12: But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’
Verse 13: Be on the alert then, because you do not know the day nor the hour.
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