The Foolish Bridesmaids

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Jesus illustrates the Kingdom of Heaven with a story of ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom (v. 1). Five were foolish and took no oil for their lamps (vv. 2-3). The other five were wise and took extra oil for their lamps (v. 4). As they waited they all laid down to take a nap and at midnight there was a shout to come out and welcome Him (vv. 5-6). All the bridesmaids jumped up to prepare their lamps (v. 7). The five foolish ones asked the five wise ones if they could have some of their oil (v. 8). The wise ones said they did not have enough for everyone and suggested they go and buy some for themselves (v. 9).

While they were gone to buy oil the bridegroom came and those who were ready went in and the door was locked (v. 10). When the five foolish ones finally arrived they stood outside begging to get in but the bridegroom said, “I’m sorry but I don’t know you” (vv. 11-12). This suggests that not everyone that says “Lord, Lord” shall enter into the kingdom of heaven but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven (v. 13) (Matt. 7:21). Some people (like the Jehovah Witnesses) have claimed to know the time of Christ’s return in the air (Rapture), even though they cannot determine the day or hour, but all speculation is useless. The point is that we should continually watch for His coming. Not everyone that professes to be a Christian will enter heaven, for some really have not trusted Jesus Christ sincerely. There can be no salvation without the Word of God and the Spirit of God.


Today the church has known that Jesus is coming yet many have become unconcerned. We have lost our excitement about the soon - coming of the Lord.  (Acts 1:11) says Jesus is coming  and we are to be witnesses until He comes (Acts 1:8). Am I ready for Jesus to come today? Are there people that I should tell of His coming?

Matthew 25:1-13 (English Standard Version)

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