Oct. 25- Ch. 25

The Parable of the Ten Virgins.  Jewish weddings, in the time of Jesus, often included a procession of the bridegroom to the bride’s home.  The attendants, often virgin bridesmaids (virgins probably getting a glimpse of what their own wedding will be like), carried torches to bring light and honor to the bridegroom as he traveled to meet his bride.  Often the attendants would have to wait for hours as the families haggled over the dowry for the bride.

The foolish virgins were not chastised so much for their torches going out.  Rather, because their torches went out, they brought dishonor to the bridegroom.

The meaning of the parable for us is to not bring disgrace on Christ with our unpreparedness.  As Peter said, “15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15)

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3 Responses to Oct. 25- Ch. 25

  1. Shannon Hastings says:

    This was just some idle thoughts I had on vs 18 (regarding the talents and the man given just one talent) I have recently been reading much on giving. What if the man with the one talent had given the money to the needy? On the masters return he replied I know you are a generous and caring man. I saw children who were hungry and elderly window in great need. I gave to help those in need. I found myself wondering what the response would be then. Just idle thoughts I know there is not an answer here in scripture.

  2. Larry Martin says:

    Shannon I had not thought of the parable in that way. We all have been given talents. As I understand it we are to use those talents in bringing growth in God’s kingdom and bring glory to God. Does giving of our talents bring interest to God. I believe so. I believe the response would be the same as it was to the sheep in an earlier chapter when Jesus said you fed me when I was hungry, you cared for me when I was ill, you visited me when I was in prison, you gave of your self and possessions.

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