The first of three parables that emphasize readiness
¶ Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which
took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Oriental lamp (The wick goes into the smaller hole)
Texts often include more than the verse indicated in the link code.
Greek, toteh, meaning "at that time." Here it is at the time of
the wicked servant of mt2448 whose
Lord (Christ) would come unexpectedly. This parable of the wedding and
those that follow relate to our preparation for His return to take us home
to heaven jn1401.
Ten virgins Unmarried young women who represent people with the light of truth. Ten may have been a convenient number for a set but consider ge1832. The next story is about ten talents.
Lamps They studied their Bibles ps119105.
Meet We infer that the wedding had been announced for a specific time. The women had a plan to meet the groom.
Bridegroom Simply, "groom"
Five of them All had accepted the invitation, were expecting the groom to come, had their lamps, and took a nap when he didn't show up as expected.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
These were not hypocrites. They had accepted truth but lacked the deep
personal experience in the Lord ez3331,
They took only the oil in their lamps.
Oil The Holy Spirit's gift is the oil that provides light ps119105, zc04. The light is the message of mercy ep0212.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him
tarried The groom lingered before coming. He didn't appear when
expected." See note for v5.
All slumbered and slept Even the wise ones tended to lose their zeal. The disciples who listened to this story mt2401 no doubt included the three who, a few days later, would fail to remain awake and pray with Jesus mr1437.
At midnight A time of great spiritual darkness is6001.
Cry God's final call to the lost world re1804.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
us of your oil The supply of oil represents character formation
under the influence of the Holy Spirit (light from the lamps) It cannot
be given to another ez1420.
Gone out Rather, "going out."
Buy for yourselves Before Jesus comes we may expect false teachers who will offer ways of salvation mt2411.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready
went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
that were ready They joined the groom. But the guests are not
the bride. See note on v10.
Door was shut What awesome words lu1324,5! The foolish five were not part of the marriage. Probation will soon close for humanity as it did at the time of the flood. ge0603.
I know you not A crushing disappointment! They found themselves strangers, not on the list of expected wedding guests. They lacked the solid character formation represented by the extra oil. They had begun to doubt. Their unpopular doctrines had embarrassed them and they gradually turned away. Now the door was shut. They were beyond the time of change is5506, he0604, mt1231, am0811f. Please understand. Those whose hearts still treasure the things of God are not in this category. The wise virgins had slept, too, but they had awakened and entered the place of marriage where God's final people are bonded to Him in a special sealing re0704.
|.13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.|| Watch
We are safe as we keep seeking the closeness to Christ through the true
gift of the Holy Spirit.
Wherein the Son of man cometh Notice that the critical time of readiness for the living righteous is at the coming of Christ mt2430f, is2509. It is thus not at the supposed rapture time. There will be no second chance!
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