Summary: In your relationship with God you can be thoughtful and cautious, or you can be heedless. We cant afford to be heedless in our walk with God!
1“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ 7Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Matthew 25:1-13 (NKJV)
Jesus taught many times in the new testament in what is called parables.
A parable is a similitude, or a symbolically fictitious narrative of common life conveying a moral.
They were much deeper than they appeared at first glance and convey real life morals and situations.
WHO DO THE VIRGINS REPRESENT?
The Greek word for virgins:Parthenos
Of unknown origin; a maiden; by implication an unmarried daughter:—
Implies and unmarried daughter. Also a man who has abstained/kept his chastity
But these are not just any unmarried daughters in society, but the represent the people of God, whether man or woman. They are also called the Bride of Christ.
9And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
24And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
The New Testament and prophecies in the Old speak of a Bride of Christ. That bride represents the unmarried daughter or the virgins, as they are called, in Matthew 25.
I want you to understand something, we are not married to Christ until the time of the wedding supper of the Lamb in Revelations 19.
7Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
9Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’”
I want you to notice 2 points from Revelations 19