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What's Oil Going For Now?

   ... 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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Comment balloon 8 commentsBARBARA RIES • June 22 2008 08:05AM

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Good morning Barbara, loved your post. It reminded me that I affect my fate with my level (or lack) of being prepared. I have been quite remiss in a lot of things lately, but I am hoping to make up for it. There is so much to do, and we all have the same 24 hours, so I can't keep thinking the excuse of "too little time" is acceptable. I guess when life makes you tired, you skip a few things, not realizing a small lack of action may result in big consequences. 

Thank you for the lesson (on point as always). I will buzz you sometime later on today. Wishing you the best with your open house. Your little sister in Christ. Love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hi Carol: You are a gem and I am most certainly blessed wby your encouragement -- less one forget your humor!  Great pics of the kids too -- they are darling!  ... as with all, they grow up and then comes the day when you drop them off at college and no longer are your sharpened pencils needed! But listen, God's not looking for perfection -- that day comes in eternity.  He looks at the heart who pursues Him and for that, He is most certainly glad! Barbara :) 

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Barbara -- I think that's why I love the fact that its all about the relationship with the Father and not the religion with man. I know God has a sense of humor-- he made me! Besides, the good book says He laughs at his enemies. I can't wait for Evil to get its butt kicked. Jesus ROCKS! Looking forward to the day when He RULES! XOXO C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Carol: So true. Man's humility is the key to relationship with God. When I learned I can do nothing and that I am nothing without the Lord, I was able to see myself much differently. And in that relationship even His humor is revealed on a level much unlike one would imagine.  He doesn't mind showing His funny side, I'm sure!  Thanks for the post. Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Oh yes, Barbara -- we need to prepare for the celebration that is certain to come, as well as prepare for a certain death that is to come.  Basic preparation tip (not from my Girl Scout Manual, and directed at those who might happen upon this comment and need to hear this); admit we are sinners ,  believe Jesus is the Son of God and accept Him as our Lord and personal savior, and confess our sins and ask for forgiveness...NOW! 

God bless you, Barbara!

Posted by Terry Rasner-Yacenda, "Dreams Realty" (Broker,Owner - Dreams Realty) over 10 years ago

Terry:  Preach it sister!!... and a big H A L L E L U J A H goes out to you! MWAH! Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Barbara -- I love the artwork.  Dr. John wears a workout shirt to the gym on Sundays (he goes before church) that reads: Jesus: that is my final answer!  Ours, too, huh?

Posted by Terry Rasner-Yacenda, "Dreams Realty" (Broker,Owner - Dreams Realty) over 10 years ago

Terry: Love it! I remember my gym days -- I wore "witness-wear" and found it it amazing how many believers are hidding behind bulging muscles and tanned physiques.  Then I thought of 'humility' vs the pride of man.  The former being the secret of redemption, the latter being the fall of man. 

Keep posting the good news of Jesus Christ dear sister. God bless you and yours and have an awesome evening!  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

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