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Matthew 25:1-13

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Matthew 25:1-13

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  1. The Parable Of The Ten Virgins Matthew 25:1-13

  2. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 Setting • In Jerusalem during Jesus’ last week • Most likely, late Tuesday afternoon or early Tuesday evening • Jesus has finished His public ministry • His last words = a lament for Jerusalem’s destruction Mt 23:37-39

  3. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 Setting • In Jerusalem during Jesus’ last week • His comments in Mt 24-25 were spoken privately to the disciples

  4. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • Heaven’s kingdom can be compared to 10 virgins participating in a marriage • They are like modern-day “bridesmaids” • The 1st century wedding… • A betrothal period just as “binding” as the actual marriage Mt 1:18-19

  5. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • Heaven’s kingdom can be compared to 10 virgins participating in a marriage • The 1st century wedding… • The bridegroom would first rejoice with his friends when time to consummate the marriage Mt 9:15 Jn 3:29

  6. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • Heaven’s kingdom can be compared to 10 virgins participating in a marriage • The 1st century wedding… • Afterwards, the bridegroom would proceed to the bride’s house to get his wife and take her to the marriage feast

  7. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • Heaven’s kingdom can be compared to 10 virgins participating in a marriage • The 1st century wedding… • Some historians indicate ancient oriental weddings took place at night…thus, bride’s maidens (“virgins”) carried lamps

  8. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • Heaven’s kingdom can be compared to 10 virgins participating in a marriage • The 1st century wedding… • The maidens would light the way for the bridegroom to the bride’s house…also light the way to the marriage feast

  9. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • The 10 virgins are in 2 groups vv. 2-4 • Five are “foolish” Ù they have lamps, but no spare oil • Five are “wise” Ù they have lamps, but also spare oil (prudent)

  10. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • The bridegroom is delayed v. 5a • An “unplanned” occurrence • The 10 virgins become sleepy v. 5b • Unexpectedly, the shout… v. 6 “Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.”

  11. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • The virgins awake, trim their lamps v. 7 • The 5 “foolish” virgins now realize they do not have enough oil v. 8a IMPORTANT POINT • There will come a point in time when we see we have failed to prepare…but it’s too late!!

  12. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • The 5 “foolish” virgins’ solution…ask the 5 “wise” virgins for some oil v. 8b • A “failed solution” v. 9 • If the 5 “wise” virgins lent some of their oil, they would not have enough, either • The 5 “foolish” needed to buy their own

  13. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • Some have judged the 5 “wise” virgins as being “stingy” or “selfish” • Each one bears his own responsibility • The virgins’ “role” necessitated each one having enough oil • Some things in life cannot be “borrowed”

  14. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • Some things cannot be “borrowed” • Faith, character, obedience • Judgment will be individual2 Cor 5:10 • While faith does & should begin in our parents, it must eventually become our own 2 Tim 1:5

  15. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • Some things cannot be “borrowed” • Spiritual character traits need to be in each one of us “…an abound” • We all need to “…make our calling and election sure” 2 Pet 1:5-11

  16. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • The “inevitable truth” v. 10 • No matter the delay, the “bridegroom” will eventually come…unexpectedly • This is the point Jesus was making in His discourse re: Jerusalem’s destruction Mt 24:36-39, 42, 44

  17. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • The “finality” of the marriage feast is also emphasized v. 10 • While away buying what should have already been possessed, the 5 “foolish” virgins found the door “shut” (locked) • Only those who were “ready” got in

  18. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • The 5 “foolish” virgins return vv. 11-12 • They attempt to enter the marriage feast • Their request to enter is denied...the lord of the feast said “I do not know you” • A fearful reality…we only have 1 chance to get ready for eternity Heb 9:27

  19. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheParable • The final exhortation v. 13 • “Be on the alert, for you do not know the day nor the hour” • Preparation is necessary…the coming of the Lord will happen “…like a thief in the night” 2 Pet 3:10-18

  20. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheApplication • The 5 “foolish” virgins were guilty of the sin of presumption • They presumed the bridegroom would come by a certain time…the amount of oil they had reflected this thinking • They never considered he might delay

  21. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheApplication • The 5 “wise” virgins were just as unaware of the bridegroom’s delay • However, their preparations made them “ready” for whenever he arrived…no matter the delay

  22. The Ten Virgins Matt 25:1-13 TheLesson • Am I ready for Christ’s arrival? • Whenever He comes • One cannot neglect proper preparations • One cannot “borrow” what must be “bought” • One cannot recall lost opportunities