Matthew 25:1-13 The Parable of the Ten Virgins “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Morello Hills Christian Church
Observation: Waiting. Waiting on the Lord. Waiting for the Lord. Can anyone be happy while waiting? Like these 10 virgins, I’m a “faller asleeper”– in fact, that place where I fall asleep (often on the couch during a movie, and sometimes when I sit to pray) is a “happy place” for me – a place where my mind settles into a peaceful state. I notice that all ten of these virgins fell asleep, but 5 prepared for it!
Action: Lord, give me rest and help me live in the discipline of preparation. Today (Thursday, March 20) the 17th day of Lent, I will fill my lamp with oil by memorizing a section of Scripture (I am thinking Isaiah 40:28-31(especially vs. 31), How about you?).