Sermon Bites 08/24/08

Being Ready In Delay
Matthew 25:1-13

OUTLINE:

I. THE PEOPLE BEING PREPARED FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (v. 1-4).

+ Virgins are seen as a symbol or type of purity.

+ The ten virgins representing a people who should be prepared for the coming of the bridegroom; however, only half of them are ready.

II. THEY ALL SLEPT DUE TO THE SUPPOSED LATE ARRIVAL OF THE BRIDEGROOM (v. 5).

+ We find the five foolish, and five wise virgins sleeping.

+ You would think that people who know the coming of the Bridegroom is near would be awake, alert, and waiting in anticipation for His appearing, but that does not seem to be the case here.

III. THE OIL OF THE WISE CANNOT BE SHARED WITH THE UNWISE (vv. 7-10)

+ The foolish virgins ask the wise to share their oil.

+ If this is reference to the nations of the world and Israel together, as the possible wedding party, then we need to conclude that only half the survivors will enter that Marriage Supper.

IV. THE PERIL OF BEING UNPREPARED (vv. 11-13).

+ Could it be that on that day of the “Marriage feast” there will be those survivors show up to say, “Let us in. We too believe. We too survived the tribulation – the time of Jacob’s trouble?”

+ Since we do not know the day, or the hour in which Jesus will come again; no matter how slow the approaching may seem to us; we must be ever vigilant to live, work, play, worship and praise in the name of the Lord.

+ “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

-Tim A. Blankenship

For more reading on this subject you may read the article at Fire and Hammer, “BEING READY IN DELAY”


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