Walking in Truth Devotional Update
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” Matthew 25:1-4.
James Freeman said in his book Manners & Customs of the Bible: “On the occasion of a marriage the bridegroom, attended by his friends, went to the house of the bride, and brought her with her friends in joyful procession to his own house. The virgins mentioned in the text were probably some of the friends of the bride.”
Parables are powerful “word-pictures” that are meant to be taken seriously. Jesus is warning that we will not know when He is coming to take His saints home with Him. Therefore, we must always be ready.
The virgins knew that the bridegroom was coming for his bride, but they did not know the precise moment when he would come. There are several such warning parables presented. The disciples wanted to know when Jesus would be coming and Jesus had told them Matt. 24, verse 36, “Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven nor the Son, but my Father only.” He repeated it in verse 42, “Watch, therefore, for you know not what hour your Lord doth come.” He repeated it in verse 44, “Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man comes.” He repeated it in verse 50 where He says, “In an hour that he is not aware of.” The He gave this parable and concluded the parable by saying, “You know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man comes.”
This parable teaches us the suddenness and the unexpectedness of the coming of our Lord which emphasizes the necessity of each Christian being prepared for His coming whenever His coming shall take place.
When Jesus comes, He will judge all mankind Matt. 25:31-46. He will punish those who never accepted Him as their Lord and Savior and those who did become Christians but were not careful to prepare by living righteously. They show outward marks of watching for the coming of the bridegroom; they show outward marks of readiness; and show outward marks of commitment to Jesus Christ. They’re part of the believing community. They’re gathered as bridesmaids, as it were, ready to be received and enter the marriage celebration. We could say that the five foolish virgins were not distinguishable outwardly from the five wise virgins. However, they were inwardly very different. The Lord reads our character and marks our place. The Lord knows them that are His and them that are not His in every local church.
These unprepared virgins failed in not having enough oil and attempted to borrow from the five wise virgins. We cannot provide for others in the matter of Christian living, and service to the Lord. Each person must make the necessary preparations by living righteously and fulfilling their service to the Lord.
If the call came to you right now to go with the Lord would you be ready? Are you making the necessary preparations required by our Lord?
By Guy Roberson
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