The Parable Of Ten
Bridesmaids As Told By Christ
Bible Study Lesson of
Bible lesson today takes us to the parable of
the 10 bridesmaids.
A wedding is a festive
occasion - a time of celebration of two people
making a lifelong commitment to each other. How
does this relate to Christianity?
Jesus explains in Matthew how
we are like the brides maids and He is like the
Comes - Be Ready
kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten
virgins, who took their lamps and went out to
meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish,
and five were prudent.
For when the foolish took
their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the
prudent took oil in flasks along with their
Now while the bridegroom
was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to
But at midnight there was
a shout, Behold, the bridegroom! Come out
to meet him.
Then all those virgins
rose and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish said to the
prudent, Give us some of your oil, for our
lamps are going out.
But the prudent answered,
No, there will not be enough for us and
you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some
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 shut.
Later the other virgins
also came, saying, Lord, lord, open up for
But he answered,
Truly I say to you, I do not know
Be on the alert then, for
you do not know the day nor the hour." -
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. They 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 always important
that we know why.
All ten virgins brought their
lamps but only five brought enough oil to
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
The story goes on to say that
the groom came while they were gone and the door to
the celebration 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." - the scariest line in the
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn
more about the love and life-changing experience of
Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
Read Today's Verses
American Standard Bible
King James Version
Baptist Bible verses about Christ and the
ten bridesmaids are from New American Standard
Bible & New King James Version - Lessons from
Life Application Study Bible: NIV - Passage above
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