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Parable of the Ten Virgins

Matthew 24:36-25:13, Andrew Love, October 1, 2017

Sermon Notes:


  • Increasing tensions between USA and North Korea
    • Imagine what could happen
    • We live in an uncertain world
  • For the Christian - the world is not uncertain
    • God is upon His throne
    • We are told things will worsen
    • We are to be expecting the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ
    • The man of sin is coming
    • The world is not out of control
  • Matt 25: the Parable of the Ten Virgins
    • Jesus is in the middle of the Mount of Olives discourse
      • Starting at 24:3
      • Jesus speaks of a terrible tribulation
      • The coming of Jesus - 24:36-51
    • 25:1-13
      • The Parable focuses on the coming of the bridegroom
      • 5 wise and 5 foolish maid servants
      • 5 are prepared and 5 are unprepared
      • The bridegroom suddenly comes
      • Some are gathered into the wedding and the door shut, some are kept out of the wedding
      • Message in v13 - "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming."
  • Overview:
    • All is not equal
    • The Bridegroom is coming
    • There are two destinations

All is not equal

  • Jesus is giving an illustration - the 3rd stage of a Jewish wedding
    • 1st stage - a contractual arrangement between the two fathers
    • 2nd stage - a formal engagement
    • 3rd stage - the bridegroom prepares a place for his wife (over 1 year) and the collects her
      • Explanation
  • All is not equal
    • Initially, the bridesmaids look the same
      • Same dress, same function
    • 5 are wise, 5 are foolish
      • Something different about their characters
    • 5 are carefree, 5 are diligent
  • Jesus often provides a contrast in his teaching
    • Examples: The wise and foolish builder, the sheep and goats, the good and bad fish, the wheat and tares, the narrow and wide path
    • The bridesmaids - a picture of the church (not so much the world)
      • They are waiting for the coming of the bridegroom
      • Examples of those in the church
  • The passage is a call to examine yourself
    • Are you in the faith?
    • Not 50% who are saved and  50% who are not - not literal numbers
    • Consider the parable of the sower
    • cf 2 Tim 3:5 - there are those who appear outwardly as Christians, but are not
    • Last weeks sermon - not wearing the wedding garment (Christ's righteousnesses)
      • Rev 19 - the garment is Christ's righteousnesses and describes our sanctification
  • Let us examine ourselves [are you saved?]

The Bridegroom is coming

  • Consider the bridesmaids - 5 had their priorities right and 5 had their priorities wrong
    • What is the thing that really matters in our live?
    • Can we say 'for me to live is Christ'?
  • Jesus' coming will be sudden – 24:37-39
    • Examples
    • His coming may be any time of day - unexpected
  • The whole emphasis is be ready
    • 24:40-41 - One is taken and one is left
    • 24:42 - "Watch therefore, for you do know what hour your Lord is coming"
    • 24:43-44 – An unexpected hour
    • 25 - the emphasis is on 'doing' - are you living for Christ
  • Are you ready for the coming of Christ?

There are two destinations

  • Contrast between inside and outside
    • The 5 wise virgins belong to Christ
      • They shall be eternally safe and with the Lord
      • They shall be in His presence
      • The hope of the Christian
    • The 5 foolish virgins
      • Jesus does not recognise them - 25:12
      • It is too late to enter
      • cf Luke 13:22-30
    • What will keep you out of heaven?
  • There are no second chances
    • You must make the decision now
    • Those who are shut out are shut our because of their unbelief
  • God sometimes gives people second chances in life
    • We should not take our life for granted
    • Sometimes people mock Christianity - but God will not be mocked
    • Consider the example of Noah
  • There are only two destinations in life: heaven and hell
    • Which is it for you?

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Matthew 24:36-25:13

36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9But 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. 10And 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. 11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (KJV)

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