The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Jesus said, “Likewise, you should always be prepared, because you do not know when the Son of Man will come” (Eyewitness Matthew 25:13).

Eyewitness: p. 212
In your Bible: Matthew 25:1-13

At Jewish weddings in biblical times, the bridegroom drew the attention. Jesus pointed to his appearance as the striking moment and reason for joy in this parable. For the western mindset, this parable can be difficult to understand. However, if we view it from the Jewish mindset in the village setting, it becomes clearer. Bible scholars help put this into perspective for us too.**


1. The wait for the bridegroom goes on for days and nights – many get tired waiting.
2. Prior to the bridegroom appearing (usually during the night), no one is allowed in the street without a lighted lamp.
3. When the bridegroom approaches, someone goes ahead of him shouting: “Behold! The bridegroom is coming!”
4. Once the bridegroom enters the wedding tent is closed, no one else may enter.

When we understand the customs in this parable, we can more readily grasp its meaning. The wedding celebration represents the end times, when Jesus returns for his bride.


* The wedding feast – celebration of Jesus’ return is a certainty to come.
* The announcement has already been made by prophets.
* Many believe in Jesus the Christ and many do not!
* Once Jesus returns, the door of acceptance will be closed for Gentiles.
* Your oil of salvation is all you need… prepared.

Application: No one but God knows when the bridegroom will return. Believers must be ready and prepared. No one can borrow or purchase a relationship with God. A believer must have it personally.

Prayer: Father, thank you for reminding us to be wise, be prepared, and be ready for the joy of Jesus’ return. Glory.

** Matthew Henry Commentary in One Volume, Matthew Henry, Regency Reference Library, Zonderdan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1960, pp. 1332-1332.
The Daily Bible Study, The Gospel of Matthew Vol 2 Revised Edition, William Barclay, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1975, pp. 318-321.

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