the Time - Part 5
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V. 1 (Cont'd.)
At the end of the feast period, a close friend of the groom (the
best man) would take the hand of the bride and place it in the hand
of the groom, and the couple would for the first time be left alone
together. The marriage would be consummated and the couple would live
together in their new home from that time forward. It was this third
part of the marriage rite that Jesus used as the framework for this
** Remembering now that the Lord has been describing the signs of His
second coming, Jesus uses this parable to compare one's spiritual preparedness
for entrance into the kingdom of heaven with the preparedness of a certain
ten virgins who served as bridesmaids at a wedding. What did all ten of
these bridesmaids do in concert with each other?
They "went out to meet the bridegroom". As the little procession
came to the bride's home, they all went out to join it.
** What were they all carrying?
Their own "lamps". [lampas] - tightly wrapped cloths attached
to long poles. cf. John 18:3
V. 2 ** Well, so far so good, but what rather stark contrast can
been seen between the two groups of five virgins?
"...five of them were foolish, and five were prudent." This
is not merely a contrast between
air-heads and smart folk, it is far more serious than that, as we shall
V. 3 ** These ten bridesmaids represent professing Christians
who claim to love the prospect of Christ's appearing and who demonstrate
outward readiness for entrance into His kingdom. (cf. 2Timothy 4:8)
In their outward appearance the ten were indistinguishable. They were
all dressed appropriately and each had their own torch to carry in the
procession. What was the difference? What made the foolish one's so
"...they took no oil with them..." Their torches looked
exactly those of the others, but with no oil they had nothing with
which to make them burn. A torch without fuel was obviously worthless,
and a profession of faith in Jesus without a saving relationship to
Him is infinitely more worthless.
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