... certainly made me think of Matthew 25:1-13 - and the parable of the wise and foolish virgins.
In v2 it talks about the virgins themselves - 5 wise and 5 foolish. Growing up I thought all virgins were well, smart if not wise. More on that later. Anyway, v3 tells us that the foolish virgins actually took no oil with them. Not quite a good thing. In v4 it speaks of the wise ladies who took oil in their vessels then in v5 when the bridegroom was delayed they all fell asleep! Now, I've never fallen asleep waiting on someone especially a bridegroom, good grief ... but they must have been tired regardless.
When they woke up they all trimmed their lamps v7 but what the heck? The foolish virgins needed oil so they asked for some v8, only to be denied their request v9. Now you may ask, "What does any woman do when she runs out of something?" She goes out and BUYS it, of course v10. But in the midst of their unpreparedness, they missed out completely on the prize -- both the bridegroom and the wedding! So much for Girl Scout training. The last verse, v11 I love; the virgins plea with the Lord to open the door and let them in. God's reply,"I DO NOT KNOW YOU" Wow! That's intense and extremely meaningful.
In Matthew 25:1-13 Jesus teaches the necessity of preparedness for His return. He compares His second coming to a joyful wedding procession in which the unprepared cannot participate.
25:4 - The wisdom of the five virgins consists in their taking a supply of oil in vessels, in addition to the oil already in their lamps. Thereby, they are prepared for the unexpected delay of the bridegroom (v15).
25:5 - There is an implicit association of the bridegroom with Christ as well as the bridegroom's delay, that is, the delay or *Parousia, which is the arrival and presence of Jesus.
25:9 - The lack of benevolence on the part of the five wise virgins is part of the parable proper, and need not be pressed into allegorical significance.
25:12 - The message is "TOO LATE!!"
25:13 - The point of the parable is in view of the *Parousia's delay (the arrival and presence of Jesus), be prepared and watch since you know neither the day nor the hour.
** Live in expectation of the Master's return! The Lord challenges us to watch, to be constantly and eagerly waiting for His return. Therefore, our duty is two-fold:
1) to prepare ourselves for His coming so that the Lord will receive a BRIDE without spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:27) and...
2) to "do business" until He returns so that the Kingdom of God is preserved and extended on the earth (Luke 19:11-27).
*parousia - noun (Christian theology) the reappearance of Jesus as judge for the Last Judgment [syn: Second Coming]
Just as one prepares for a special event that is meaningful and life changing like a couple's first child, buying a new home, your son's college graduation, or sipping a tall latte on a deserted island somewhere in the Pacific ...
... (sorry, I got sidetracked) ... so too, should believers be prepared for the celebration that is to come. Hallelujah, what a glorious day that will be!
GBY! Barbara :)
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