After Jesus finishes His discourse on the end days in chapter 24, He says in Matthew 25:1, “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to…,” signifying that this parable is also about the end days. In the parable, the ten virgins represent the body of Christ; five were wise and five were foolish. It was only one action that determined if a virgin was wise or unwise; it was their foresight to get oil before the midnight call. All of them realized their need for oil when the call went out that the bridegroom was coming, but only half got the oil before the need became so apparent. We need to be cultivating an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit right now. The five wise virgins told the unwise virgins that they needed to go “buy for themselves;” we must all seek the Lord for ourselves. When can learn Bible truths through others and we can see an example of how we should live our lives in another person, but another person can’t cultivate an intimate relationship with God for you. Having “oil” in the end days won’t be nice; it will be mandatory. As you read this and the other two parables, let them bring clarity and foresight to your life.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan