The Parable Of Ten
Bridesmaids As Told By Christ
the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten
virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet
2 "Five of them
were foolish, and five were prudent.
3 "For when the
foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with
4 but the prudent
took oil in flasks along with their lamps.
5 "Now while the
bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and
began to sleep.
6 "But at midnight
there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come
out to meet him.'
7 "Then all those
virgins rose and trimmed their lamps.
8 "The foolish said
to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our
lamps are going out.'
9 "But the prudent
answered, 'No, there will not be enough for us and
you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for
10 "And while they
were going away to make the purchase, the
bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in
with him to the wedding feast; and the door was
11 "Later the other
virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, lord, open up for
12 "But he
answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.'
13 "Be on the alert
then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.
is the Word of the Lord ... It is meant to change
the way that we think, and the way that we live.
by Bob Pardue
Are We Ready
With Our Lamps?
- Weddings were major
events during Jesus' time just as they are
today. However, the Jewish tradition at that
time was a far cry from the ceremony we see
- The groom would go to the
bride's home on the day of the wedding and there
would be a huge celebration and feast. But,
unlike today's event, the celebration would many
times last up to a full week!
- The ten virgins were
similar to today's bridesmaids and were allowed
to take part in this festive occasion. I'm not
exactly sure of the meaning of the lamps, maybe
just to give enough light for the celebrating
couple to sustain them for the week-long event.
It's not really important that we know
- All ten virgins brought
their lamps but only five brought enough oil to
- So, when the unprepared
foolish five ran out of oil, they had to "go to
town" so to speak to purchase more. In other
words, they weren't prepared.
- The story goes on to say
that the groom came while they were gone and the
door was shut.
- This was a great
disappointment to the five girls who were not
- The question is, are we
prepared? Christ could return at any time and no
one knows the day or the hour.
- The best we can do is to
live our lives as if He is returning today and
make sure we don't have to go out for oil or
have Him say; "I do not know you."
- Love in
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commitment to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
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More Verses for Better
Jesus Says To Remain
This is a continuation of
warning the disciples
(and us) to be ready when He returns. You'll hear
this sprinkled throughout the ministry of Jesus and
again in Revelation about the end times.
Baptist Bible verses about Christ and the
ten bridesmaids are from New American Standard