The Ten Virgins
Matthew 24:36 “Of that day and hour no one knows.
42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
44 Be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
25:1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps [torches] and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their torches and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their torches.
5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their torches. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our torches are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know [oida] you.’
13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
John 18:3 Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
Revelation 8:10 A great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.
Romans 6:23 The gift of God is eternal life.
Revelation 22:17 Take the water of life without cost.
Luke 14:26 Be my disciple…28 count the cost.
Matthew 7:23 ‘I never knew [ginosko] you; depart from Me.’
I John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
Matthew 6:20 Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.
QUESTIONS FOR LIFE
1.Was there anything that surprised you in today’s message about the ten virgins? If so, what was it?
2. What did you sense Jesus was saying to you personally in today’s story about the ten virgins?
3. In what way does the story of the ten virgins affect your view of:
The future kingdom
Your use of time
Your use of money