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Redeeming the Time - Part 5

FIVE SINNERS            Page 5

V. 9 ** What response does that draw from the prudent ones?

"No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves."

** Was that a cruel or unusual response on behalf of the prudent group?

No, Just as one person cannot transfer his physical life to another person, neither can he or she share their spiritual life. Like physical life, spiritual life is a direct, individual gift from God and is nontransferable. cf. Romans 9:3-4

** If the oil in this parable is the reality of the light of the saving grace of God, who then is represented by the "dealers" in this verse?

It simply is speaking of the one true source of the oil or of securing salvation from its only source, God Himself. cf. Isaiah 55:1-3

V.10 ** What happened while the five foolish bridesmaids went out to "find" God?

The bridegroom [Jesus] came "and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast..." cf. Revelation 19:7-9

** We were made "ready" by the saving grace of God, but what happens after the redeemed entered the wedding feast?

"...the door was shut." A tragic moment in history!

V.11 ** Because all of the shops were closed now, it being after midnight, what do the five foolish [unsaved] virgins now ask of the Lord, while they are still lacking the oil?

"Lord, lord, open up for us." This speaks of the most frightening moment in all of time for the
superficial, hypocritical church goer. Here the person who has been looking on the outside as one who is prudent, meets the reality of their carnality through the utter lack of a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. cf. Matthew 7:21-23

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