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Summary: Most of us are too spiritual to think of eventualities in our planning thereby neglect taking precautions. The foolish five couldn’t go with the Groom because they refused to take precaution even when they saw others did. Wisdom is the principal thing!

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The story of the ten virgins in the book of Matthew 25:1-13 comes with a load of lessons and several sermons have been preached and are still being preached on it. Our focus today anyways is a critical look at the five that the Bible tagged “fool” among the ten virgins. What were foolish about them?

"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 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. 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. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." Matt 25:1-13

Facts about the Ten

• They were all believing Christians. This is clear from the fact that they all prepared to meet Christ. It is only Christians who have the hope of reigning with Christ at His return and at such, are preparing to meet with Him.

• They were all eager to meet Jesus.

• They were all righteous. The fact that they were referred to as virgins means that they were undefiled. And being undefiled implies that they were pure, holy and without blemish. They weren’t just Christians by word of mouth, they were practicing Christians who walked daily in the way of the Lord.

• They all backslid. The delay by the groom took a toll on all of them, both the wise and the foolish. They all became weary and went worldly.

• They all rededicated their lives to Christ. All of them woke up from their slumber when the arrival of the groom was announced and they trimmed their lamps, meaning that they picked up their faith from where they left it. This was where the line was drawn between the two categories and the foolishness of the foolish five came to bear.

The foolish five

• The five were tagged fool because they did not take extra oil with them as they set out to meet the Groom. Several things were wrong with this decision of theirs among which are the following:

• They had thought that ceteris paribus, the oil in their lamp would be enough to carry them till the arrival of the Groom. They did not envisage any eventuality and therefore considered it unnecessary to carry extra oil.

• They had assumed that everything having started rosy would end just rosy. They did not come to term with the fact that they had to work out their salvation with fear and trembling on a continuous basis (Phil 2:12).


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