The next category of parables we will be looking at are the parables of Judgement and the Future. The first group of parables in this category are the parables about Christ’s return. Today we will be looking at the first parable in this group.
The parable of the ten bridesmaids can be found in Matthew 25:1-13. It reads;
“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’
7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’
9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’
12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’
13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.
This parables buttresses the fact that each of us is responsible for our individual spiritual condition.
The parable is about a wedding. On the wedding day the bridegroom went to the bride’s house for the ceremony; then the bride and groom, along with a great procession, returned to the groom’s house, where a feast too place, often lasting a full week.
These 10 bridesmaids were waiting to join the procession, and they hoped to take part in the marriage feast. But when the groom didn’t come at the expected time, five of them were out of oil. By the time they had purchased extra oil, it was too late to join the feast.
The 5 foolish bridesmaids were foolish because they didn’t take extra oil. Notice they took oil with them but what they had was not enough. We all are preparing for Christ’s return but the fire in some believers is gone.
When the bridegroom comes, will He find our fire burning? When He appears, or when our time on earth is up, will we have oil in our lamps?
I also saw this parable from another angle. Notice how the bridesmaids were sleeping? Sleeping represents tiredness and fatigue. There is a saying that we should make hay while the sun shine. Now that we are alive, strong and well, it’s important that we store up oils and keep extras in us. We need to be charged up in God’s word. This isn’t the time to be nonchalant because our strength isn’t guaranteed forever.
Let’s pray now that we can.
Let’s study our bibles now that we can.
Let’s do what God is laying on our hearts now that we can.
Let’s stay ready because no one knows when our time will be up.
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