Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Foolish and the Wise

Mat 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Mat 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mat 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
Mat 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mat 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Mat 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Mat 25:9 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.

All the virgins had lamps but five had no oil. The oil is the symbol for the Holy Spirit. I think of a flashlight with old batteries; once ready for use, but neglect resulted in a dead flashlight in the time of need. Have you checked your batteries? I assume all the virgins represented those who at one time professed faith in Jesus Christ. They were all awaiting his return, but all were not ready for him. Five of the virgins had neglected their relationship with God. They had not learned to maintain their spiritual lives. Perhaps they were always coming to the other five virgins for help. They did not look at the Bible for God's truth, they neglected to pray. Oh, they had lots of problems but they learned to just complain to the others to gain satisfaction. Well, the time came when the bridegroom came, Jesus had arrived. Those who always were leaning on others had been refused. I only have enough oil for my lamp; I cannot give to you what you needed to receive for yourself. In the end, each one was responsible for their own walk of faith, another person cannot save them, only Jesus saves and the evidence is the filling of the oil of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps these virgins were as the women that Paul spoke about? Lacking discernment they listened to false teachers and were unable to find truth.

2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2Ti 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2Ti 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Holy Father God, help us to know you and Jesus who died to give us eternal life. Fill me LORD with your Holy Spirit and guide me in all truth. Help each one who reads this to trust in Jesus for salvation and to be filled with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name I pray, amen

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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