The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins in Matthew 25 has been on my heart a lot lately so I feel the need to write about it.
If you have never read it, I highly recommend that you do.
This parable compares the kingdom of Heaven to ten virgins awaiting a bridegroom.
Five of the virgins were wise and took their oil with their lamps while the other five took their lamps but no oil.
Then they all fell asleep waiting for the bridegroom.
At midnight a cry was heard and it was announced that the bridegroom was coming.
Naturally, the foolish virgins asked the five that were prepared for some of their oil, but the wise virgins didn’t budge. They told them to go buy their own.
While the five foolish virgins went to buy oil for their lamps, the bridegroom came and the wise virgins went in with him to the wedding and the doors were shut, locking out the unprepared virgins.
They begged for the door to be opened but the bridegroom answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.”
The Parable concludes by saying, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
The oil is symbolic for the Holy Spirit.
You might have thought it was selfish of the wise virgins to not share their oil, but we cannot take or borrow the Holy Spirit from those who possess it.
We have to give our lives over to Christ and be born again.
We will go to bed one night, just like these virgins, and be awoken to the announcement that He is coming.
At that point, we can’t go and buy the Holy Spirit in a hurry. We need to live our lives Christ-like and be disciples ALL THE TIME just in case tonight is the night He comes again.
The fact that all ten of the virgins fell asleep together shows us that there isn’t much difference between them. They’re all human, just some were prepared and some weren’t.
Sound like us.
Some of us believe and some don’t.
Tell me, is your lamp ready and filled with oil?
(photo credit Bernard Tuck)