The Core of The Fruit
King James Version (KJV). All scriptures are Courtesy of BibleGateway.com
The challenge here is to understand what is the main thrust or the desired effect of the parable. I will try to peel off any layers and get to the core.
25 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
This verse is not describing what the kingdom of heaven actually looks like. It is showing a similitude of how certain principles of the kingdom works. The word bridegroom tells me that a wedding principle is at work. It also speaks of the Lord Jesus as the bridegroom because He is the king of the kingdom of heaven. For this wedding the bridegroom has set up a time when he will meet with certain virgins. The basic principle of keeping appointments is at work here. The ten virgins, for their part, are aware of such a time but not the exact hour. They need to fulfil certain requirements in order to have a successful meeting with the bridegroom. They must take their lamps with them in order to fulfill a requirement of the bridegroom. The principle of responsibility must be in effect for success in the kingdom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
The ten virgins are divided into two groups, no more.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
This foolish group was breaking the principle of full responsibility for their own success. While they were careful to attempt to attend the wedding they were not careful to meet the just requirement of the bridegroom. The lamps without oil were positive proof that they were not ready for a successful meeting.
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
The wise group were fulfilling the responsibility principle and the proof was that they had enough oil for their lamps. Note that the oil was not only in the lamps but some were stored in separate vessels. The wise were careful enough to know the amount of oil that would last until the bridegroom arrives. That means that they understood the Holy Scriptures concerning the timing of the coming of the bridegroom.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Sleeping while waiting for the wedding may not be a bad idea if you have done all your preparations. The foolish slept when they should have been busy correcting their irresponsible ways and getting ready.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Seems like there was a watchman where the virgins were sleeping or someone was sent by the bridegroom to announce his arrival. Midnight in the parable does not mean that the actual arrival of Jesus will be at midnight or just after it. That time may be used only to set a time as the appointed time to show that in like manner there is an appointed time when the Lord Jesus will come.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
The alarm worked for all the virgins. They went into action and did what was an important next step to reach their goal.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
That next important step could not be completed by the foolish group. They did not only wake up from their sleep but also to the stark reality that all was not well with them. Their oil failed and so they were doomed to failure unless, they thought, the wise group will rescue them with their oil.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
There comes a time when wise people must refuse to allow foolish people to take away their success. The wise group placed the responsibility right back to the foolish group for their own supply of oil. The buying of oil tells me that the oil in this parable is not a similitude of the Holy Spirit. No one can buy the Holy Spirit.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
There is a time to buy and there is a time to meet the bridegroom. Do all the buying before the bridegroom arrives. The wise made it to the wedding because they fulfilled the just requirements of the bridegroom.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Notice that the wedding was going on when the foolish returned. They were able to purchase the oil. They thought that it would be well with them now that they have made corrections. One thing about the need for the lamps was not just for seeing where to go, because if it were so then how did the foolish group see to go and buy oil? They could just as easily go to meet the bridegroom without light from their lamps just as they were able to go to the sellers of oil without the light from their lamps. So the light from the lamps served a higher purpose. It was the proof of responsibility.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Now here is the amazing principle of the kingdom which is above the previous principles that I pointed out. Knowing the timing as closely as possible of the Lord’s return is important. Staying prepared and ready right up to His arrival, for those in the last generation who will be alive then, is wise and responsible. But, but and some more buts, if you are not saved by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ, the BRIDEGROOM, He will not say you have no lit lamp showing your faithful and responsible way of life first. He will say, “I know you not.” That means you violated the major principles of REPENTANCE and FAITH in the Lord Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. The foolish had some head knowledge about the bridegroom and his coming but they were not his own bride. The bridegroom has chosen his bride and he KNOWS her and she certainly KNOWS him.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
It is clear that even the day of the Lord’s return will not be known by His bride. That is why I said that the midnight used in the parable is only a similitude not the exact picture. Wise people can be prepared because they are careful to be alert and live right as much as they are able and to look for that day with enough knowledge about its closeness.
I have given as much as I can see at this time. If the Lord permits and there is more to give I may follow up later. Parables can be seen from other angles and be applied to life in other ways. I have tried to stay with the core message of the parable. I hope that I have been successful. If you are a member of Praize and would like to comment please feel free to do so. Give me some feedback that I may see anything that I have missed. I would appreciate your fair comment. Thanks for visiting Praize and receiving what the Lord has provided for you in order that you may be prepared to meet the bridegroom wisely.
It is certainly very clear from the last verse that the bridegroom is no other than the Son of man, another way of saying Jesus.
With Love and Peace to you.
About: I am an East Indian, native of Guyana. My adopted country is Canada. I am a sixty-six year old married man with three children and three grandchildren. I was made a new creation spiritually in Christ Jesus in October 1979. I serve my master as a prophet and pastor.Back to Blog | Add to Buddy List
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