Sunday, April 9, 2017
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
Here it is Palm Sunday, and here I am in Kenya. Hopefully this will post on my blog as scheduled. I never know with technology.
Before I left for Kenya, I made sure my ducks were in a row, paying the bills for the next month, making sure Hubby knew where the important papers were. I wanted to be ready for anything.
This parable, one of the last which Jesus shared with His followers, reminds us to always be ready. I know when I will return home from Kenya, but no one knows the day or the hour of when Jesus will return.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25, New International Version)
25 “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.”