Recently while in prayer and considering the current state of the world we live in, I felt led to revisit the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. The How To: Series is designed to provide simple but effective biblical keys to show How To live and walk spiritually with God. We hope you will find this series a blessing and share it with those you feel may benefit from it.
Todays Scripture Reference
“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. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming
"The Parable of The Wise and Foolish Virgins"
Biblical Foundations to Help Us Understand
(Ephesians 5:25-27) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
(Ephesians 5:31-32) “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
*It is widely accepted that Jesus Christ is identified in scripture as the Bridegroom, while the Church is seen as His Bride. The spiritual union when the Body of Christ (Church) and Jesus the Head of the Body are reunited at the marriage supper of the lamb will be glorious.
(Matthew 22:30) For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven
* Another point it is important to understand is that in Heaven there are no sexual relationships or marriages apart from the spiritual union between Christ and the Church
Points To Ponder From The Parable
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom
(2 Corinthians 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new
(Isaiah 1:18) “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
All those who receive the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ are cleansed from their sins in the sight of God and have their inner (spiritual) life renewed and transformed through the working of the Holy Spirit. This cleansing and renewal qualifies every believer to be considered as a pure and holy virgin in the sight of God.
This renewal and transformation is only available to believers in Christ, leaving all unbelievers outside the blessing and covenant of God with the church. However even within the ranks of those considered virgins(believers) there was a difference, five of them were considered wise and five of them were considered foolish.
"But while the bridegroom was delayed,"
(Acts 1:6-7) Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority
(Ephesians 1:13-14) In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory
(John 14:2) In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you
It was customary in ancient Jewish culture for the betrothal and the marriage to be separate events. At the betrothal a bridal dowry was often paid and received between the families as a binding contract, and then the Bridegroom would travel back to his village and begin to build a home for his Bride.
The Bride did not know the exact day when their home would be complete and the Bridegroom return, so she was told to watch and be prepared for the return of her husband. Keeping oil in her lamp and having reserve oil enabled her to respond immediately even if it was night when her beloved returned for her.
The church has been waiting for the return of our beloved Saviour and Lord for 2,000 years and many believe that the day of His return is nearly upon us.
(2 Peter 3:8-9) But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance
They All Slept
"they all slumbered and slept."
(Psalm 127:2) It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.
(1 Thessalonians 5:6-7) Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night
It should be noted that both the wise and the foolish virgins slept, but the way they slept were completely different. We all need physical sleep to help us maintain our health, but going to sleep knowing that you are ready and prepared for the next day is much different than being careless and just hoping that it will somehow all work out.
The Wise and the 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"
(Galatians 6:9) And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart
The wise virgins continued daily to be diligent to ensure that their supplies were renewed and that even if they dozed they could awaken fully prepared to go out and meet the Bridegroom. This diligence showed how seriously they took their responsibilities to prepare and the honour and respect they had for the Bridegroom.
The foolish virgins may have started off ready but over time their diligence waned as the Bridegroom was delayed and their preparations became inadequate, their oil supplies ran low and were not renewed. The foolish virgins haphazard attitude showed considerable carelessness and a lack of respect for the bridegroom and their future together as a married couple.
The Midnight Cry
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!"
(Matthew 24:42-44) Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect
(Amos 3:7) Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets
Down throughout history God has always had individuals prepared, whom He has called and empowered to deliver His prophetic word to His people. The midnight cry is a prophetic call that all of God's people need to be ready for, we must be ready spiritually for the return of our Saviour.
Lamps Going Out
And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
(Matthew 6:11) Give us this day our daily bread
The foolish virgins careless attitude and lack of diligence was now bearing consequences and those consequences arrived at the worst possible time for them. At the crucial time, when they needed it the most, the light they required to go out to the Bridegroom was beginning to fade.
The spiritual oil that all believers require only comes through seeking God daily with all your heart. Just as the Manna that fell in the wilderness in the days of Moses only lasted for 24 hours before it needed to be renewed, so our spiritual lives need a daily refreshing in the presence of God.
Oil Can't be Shared
But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
(John 1:12) But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name
A wise man once said "God has no GRANDCHILDREN" He only has children!