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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

36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

25:1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (ESV)

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