Parable of the Ten virgins
Again Jesus stresses what it means to be ready for His return. Every person is responsible for their own spiritual condition.
Verse 1 – “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Verse 2 – “Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
The wise virgins were prepared. The foolish had neglected, put off preparing for the bridegroom, Christ.
Verse 3 – “Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,
Verse 4 – “but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
We can’t wait till the last-minute to start trusting and believing in Christ. We can’t get what it takes a life time to learn in the last five minutes of your life. Now, in the same sense, what is taking place here is the church, the body of believers, are waiting on Christ’s return, which is our Bridegroom. Some will be ready to meet Him, and some won’t.
Verse 5 – “But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
Verse 6 – “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!”
The trumpet will sound. All those who have watched and prayed and longed for His coming will be ready.
Verse 7 – “Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
They removed the burned part of the linen torch, so that it would burn clear, then dip again in oil to make it last. This strikingly represents the conduct of people who are not ready for death. They begin to make ready; they ask for the aid of others, because they lived for themselves their whole life.
Verse 8 – “And the foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
Verse 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.’
Verse 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.
There were those who were prepared and waiting and entered into the marriage. These are those who had repented, not with just lip-service, and truly believed on the Lord Jesus, who lived a holy life. When all believers are with Christ, the door, so to speak, will be shut. There are no second chances after death, contrary to what some believe.
Verse 11 – “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’
Verse 12 – “But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
This is applied to those professing Christians, that only profess religion. They only went through the motions, with no real relationship with the Son.
Verse 13 – “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Many, even professing Christians will be engaged in the affairs of the world, thoughtless about eternity, not interested in living their lives to represent the kingdom. They will profess to know God, but in works and good deeds, deny Him. Some will begin, like the foolish virgins, begin to prepare too late.
Parables of the Talents
Verse 14 – “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.
This man getting ready to go away for a while, entrusted all his possessions to his servants, apostles, Christian ministers, professing Christians.
Verse 15 – “And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.
He gave, according to each one’s ability to handle what was given. That way if they failed, no one could say they were overwhelmed. Failure could only come through laziness or hatred toward the master. These talents represent any kind of resource we are given. The issue is not how much we have, but will we use what we have to the best of our ability.
Verse 16 – “Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.
Verse 17 – “And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.
Verse 18 – “But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.
Any situation and talent is honorable, and may be useful, where God has place us. God gives us the ability to do what He has called us to do. some people think they can do nothing for the kingdom because they don’t have the same talents, gifts or abilities as others, so they do nothing. It is more of a humble heart, that is required to do good. A humble Christian, by their life, example, and conversation, may often do more than those in elevated possessions.
Verse 19 – “After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
The will be judged according to our works-deeds, whether good or bad.
Verse 20 – ” So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.
Have you improved your abilities; have you developed your gifts; have you given time and money to further the kingdom or help others?
Verse 21 – “His lord said to him, “Well done good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
Doing what needs to be done, out of our love for Christ, will motivate us in whatever needs to be accomplished.
Verse 22 – “He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.
Verse 23 – “His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
Verse 24 – “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
No one will be excused for neglecting their duty of what is required of a follower of Christ. Some people think of God like this man did – “a hard man.” They think He is always judging and making standards and rules that no one can follow. They don’t know the goodness and kindness side of the Father.
Verse 25 – “And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.”
This is the impression of God to sinners. They think He is cruel, hard, and unjust. But the truth is people, themselves are stingy, self-centered, and thoughtless of others.
Verse 26 – “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
God will not only judge people for doing wrong, but not doing what is right when they know to do so. Look what James 4:17 says: Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. Let that sink in, the next time you have the ability and resources to help someone and you ignore it.
Verse 27 – ‘Therefore you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received by my own with interest.
Verse 28 – “Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
Verse 29 – “for to everyone who has more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
To those who are faithful to the kingdom, devoting time, talent, resources, and abilities, more will be given – rewarded. To those who have no intention of giving time, talent, resources, and abilities, to the work of the kingdom, even what they have will be taken away.
Verse 30 – ‘And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
If this servant who did nothing to advance or multiply what the master had given was cast into outer darkness, what do you think is going to happen to those who abuse their talents, destroy by drunkenness, and lust, and squander what God has given them?
Judgment of the Gentiles
Verse 31 – “When the son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
Verse 32 – “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
Verse 33 – “And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on His left.
The sheep are the righteous and the goats are the unbelievers. This will be horrifying moment for all those who thought God and His word was a bunch of poppy-cock! And there will also be those who thought they were saved, but God saw their heart, and they realized they had been so wrong.
Verse 34 – “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Christ doesn’t force anyone to believe or follow Him. We all have a free will to choose which side we will stand on at the Judgment!
Verse 35 – “For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
By showing kindness to the poor, the needy, and the sick, people show that they possess God’s Spirit, for Jesus did it while on earth. They show they have the right Spirit to enter heaven.
Verse 36 – ‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Verse 37 – “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
Verse 38 – ‘When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
Verse 39 – ‘Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
Verse 40 – “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Humble and compassionate treatment of Jesus followers, shows acceptance of the gospel that they proclaim. They practiced what they believe.
Verse 41 – “Then He will also say to those on the left hand. Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
Verse 42 – ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;
Verse 43 – ‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
Verse 44 – “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’
Verse 45 – “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the last of these, you did not do it to Me.’
Verse 46 – “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Now that we have finished chapters 24 and 25 in Matthew, is there any question who goes to heaven and who goes to eternal punishment? You must be born-again and this will be “a transformed heart – spirit.” The journey doesn’t stop there. We continue to trust, believe, and do the Father’s will. We learn what the Father’s will is by reading and studying His precious word. Our goal should be to make sure our names are written in the “Lambs Book of Life!” Our actions and behavior does matter. Jesus just showed us that they do by the parables He gave us. He is always watching how we treat and what we say to others. Sow sparingly and you will reap sparingly. (2 Corinthians 9:6)