I want to start by reading the book of Matthew ch 25.
In this chapter of the book of Matthew, Jesus told different parables starting with the parable of the ten virgins of which five of them were ready and prepared to meet the bridegroom, while the other five were unprepared, and when the groom came the five virgins who were prepared went with him while those five who were not prepared were left behind.
Jesus called the five who were prepared the wise virgins and the other unprepared five, foolish.
The wise virgins took their lamps with oil in their vessels while the foolish virgins took their lamps but no oil with them.
While waiting for the groom, they all fell asleep and at midnight there was a cry that the bridegroom had arrived and the ten virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The Bible recorded that the five foolish virgins asked the five wise virgins to give them some of their oil.
What intrigues me in this parable is the answer given by the five wise virgins, they said,
Verse; 9: “Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves”.
Someone might say, the wise virgins were mean, why didn’t they share their oil. That’s where the greater wisdom is manifested, not only that they took enough oil but their refusal to share at this crucial moment because it would have resulted in all of them not having enough at the long run.
How do you measure the amount of oil to pour into their vessels?
We are on a heavenly race, we are to help one another while the training/preparation is going on, we encourage one another, we advise one another, we motivate one another, but a time will come when everyone will have to face their individual race, make their own decisions, how to proceed, depending and relying absolutely on the power of God almighty and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
It’s like studying for an examination, you may have study partner or group but on the day of the actual exam, you are on your own. You go into that exam with confidence having prepared well or you go in nervous expecting the worst depending on how much effort you put into it.
In all things we depend absolutely on almighty God through His Son Jesus Christ.
Verse; 10: “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut”
When the foolish virgins returned, the door was already closed and they said, “Lord, Lord, open to us”.
What was the bridegroom’s response? “Verily I say unto you, I know you not”
In verse 13,, we are told to watch because we don’t know what day or hour the Son of man, Jesus Christ will come.
Let’s watch and pray my brothers and sisters because we don’t know when Jesus will return for His Bride the church. May none of us be left behind in Jesus mighty name.
God bless you.
To be continued.
I have meditated on this parable a lot this year, but I never closely noticed that detail that you expound on here. I am grateful to read this 🙂 I know it’s going to stay with me.
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Thanks for your comment. Yes as we study the Word, the Holy Spirit gives us understanding. As you read it, you may gain some more understanding that I didn’t get while reading. That’s the way God and the Holy Spirit deals with each of us. Remain blessed.