The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’

Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Don't you love the stories that Jesus shares as he tries to explain future events to folks like us that have no clue what such events will be like? His stories always seem to speak of both future and current day events. In this story the Lord tells us of a group where half are prepared for God's coming and half are not. He uses the imagery of oil in the story and says that the wise had it and the foolish did not. It reminds me of the verses in Proverbs that speak of foolish people who do not believe in God.

Such are people yet today who reveal their foolishness by the way they live in ways that reveal a belief that the Lord will not return and they will not have to answer to God. Jesus teaches us in this passage that living in wisdom is a way that we prepare ourselves for his return. And being wise is not about our intellect or even our biblical smarts. Being wise is a heart condition that reveals itself in humility before God and man. Such are the people who are prepared, and preparing, for his coming.

I am arrogant Lord. Teach me humility that I might be ready for your coming.

1 comment:

  1. Matt 25 is one of my favorite chapters. All the virgins were asleep and all the virgins had some oil but the ones that had extra oil got in.

    Who are the virgins? What is the oil? And where is this marriage? The answers to these questions would cause an uproar of debate.


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