God’s Life-Giving Word of Wisdom
Matthew 25:1-13: In chapter 25, Jesus teaches about the Kingdom of heaven by means of three parables known as parables of judgment, and his teachings focus on how to be ready for God’s coming kingdom. The chapter is a continuation of the eschatological discourse begun in Matthew 24:36-51. In today’s reading, Jesus uses a parable about five wise and five foolish young women and the importance of being ready for Jesus’s glorious return.
And Jesus concluded, “Watch out, then, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
The Parable of the Ten Young Women
1 “At that time the Kingdom of heaven will be like this. Once there were ten young women who took their oil lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and the other five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any extra oil with them, 4while the wise ones took containers full of oil for their lamps. 5The bridegroom was late in coming, so they began to nod and fall asleep.
6“It was already midnight when the cry rang out, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come and meet him!’ 7The ten young women woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8Then the foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Let us have some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 9‘No, indeed,’ the wise ones answered, ‘there is not enough for you and for us. Go to the store and buy some for yourselves.’ 10So the foolish ones went off to buy some oil; and while they were gone, the bridegroom arrived. The five who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was closed.
11 “Later the others arrived. ‘Sir, sir! Let us in!’ they cried out. 12‘Certainly not! I don't know you,’ the bridegroom answered.”
13And Jesus concluded, “Watch out, then, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Verses 1-13 highlight the need for watchfulness and readiness. Who is the bridegroom? Describe the actions of the five wise and five foolish young women. What were the consequences of the actions of the foolish women? While Jesus says that we do not know the day or the hour of his return, he admonishes us to be watchful and ready. How are you preparing for Jesus’s return?
Lord Jesus, may your Kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven. As I await your coming, help me to be a good and faithful steward of your blessings, and help me to be ready to welcome and receive you. Amen.
Those planning their weddings
Matthew 25:14-30: Jesus uses a parable about three servants to teach about the Kingdom of heaven.