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1 Scott Huckaby Behold, The Bridegroom Comes! (Matthew 25:6) Jewish Wedding Traditions and the… Part II

2 The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him! Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.

3 The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) 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. 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. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us! But he answered and said, Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you. Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

4 Who do the ten virgins represent? The ten virgins are those people in the world who profess to follow Christ. The kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1, NKJV)

5 What is the role of a bridesmaid? They are to prepare for being a bride. The kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1, NKJV)

6 Given that the role of a bridesmaid is to prepare for being a bride… What is the theme of this parable? Bridal preparation is the theme. Rick Warren: Our purpose is to prepare for eternity.

7 What are the virgins to do? They are to meet the Bridegroom to give honor to Him. The kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1, NKJV)

8 What should the virgins do until Thus in the meantime, they are to wait and watch for Him… Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass (Luke 21:36) The kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1, NKJV) He comes?

9 How is the return of Christ central to living righteously today? We should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:12-13, NKJV) Knowing Christs return is imminent motivates us to live a life honoring Him. If He is unlikely to return in our lifetime, we can put off getting our act together.

10 What is the purpose of the lamps that the virgins have? Just as the Bridegrooms procession will have lights, the bride adds to this light with her own to honor Him. In the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world (Phil 2:15, NKJV) The kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1, NKJV)

11 What differences were there between the ten virgins? Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. (Matthew 25:2-4, NKJV) Their character was that 5 were wise and 5 foolish.

12 What was the folly of the five foolish virgins? Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them. (Matthew 25:3, NKJV) They did not have oil for their lamps to honor the Bridegroom when He came. Their being ready to meet the Bridegroom was only for show; they were hypocrites. They did not consider what is to come.

13 What did the oil represent? the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. (Matthew 25:4, NKJV) The oil is the Holy Spirit… The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel… (Luke 4:18, NKJV)

14 If oil represents the Holy Spirit… What did the lamps represent? the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. (Matthew 25:4, NKJV) The lamps are our works… Unless our works are empowered by the Holy Spirit, they are worthless.

15 What was the wisdom of the wise virgins? the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. (Matthew 25:4, NKJV) They heeded the warning signs about their need for oil. They we prepared to meet the Bridegroom with the oil needed to be in the procession.

16 Why did the foolish virgins have a false sense of security? As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (Matthew 24:37, NKJV) They lived only for the moment and didnt think they would need the oil (Holy Spirit). They did not use abstract reasoning to see future consequences for todays actions.

17 What was the common fault of the wise and foolish virgins? while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. (Matthew 25:5, NKJV) They all slumbered and slept during the Bridegroom's delay.

18 What does the slumber and sleep represent? while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. (Matthew 25:5, NKJV) All the virgins got caught up in their present circumstances and forgot why they were there. when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:8) The foolish interpreted His delay as uncertainty that He would come.

19 What is significant about the Bridegroom coming at midnight? This is when we least look for Him and are most disposed to slumber. Midnight is when it is darkest; the Lords way is always just in time. at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' (Matthew 25:6, NKJV)

20 How do other biblical midnight events help us understand this? A time of judgment. God kills firstborn of Egypt, Exodus Ready for an epic journey. Israel eats unleavened bread of haste, Ex 12. It is the time of harvest and redemption. Boaz discovers Ruth at his feet, Ruth 3:8. It is the time of deliverance. Paul and Silas delivered from jail, Acts 16.

21 What does the cry accomplish? at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' (Matthew 25:6, NKJV) It awakens the virgins so they may go out to meet the Bridegroom.

22 Does this cry mean that something must precede the rapture? at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' (Matthew 25:6, NKJV) The cry initiates the rapture. The foolish virgins know it is taking place but are excluded due to lack of preparation.

23 all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. (Matthew 25:7-8, NKJV) If the foolish virgins had no oil, why did their lamps light at all? They had only residue since they went out at the same time; or they may have only claimed they were lit to look less foolish.

24 Why couldnt the wise virgins share their oil? The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 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.' (Matthew 25:8-9, NKJV) You need a full lamp to go the distance and that may only be obtained at the source of the oil.

25 Why couldnt the wise virgins share their oil? The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 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.' (Matthew 25:8-9, NKJV) You need a full lamp to go the distance and that may only be obtained at the source of the oil. your heavenly Father gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! (Luke 11:13) Genuine faith comes from God, not from Gods children!

26 What is significant of the foolish virgins not being able to buy oil? 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 (Matthew 25:10, NKJV) The time will come when it is too late to prepare for eternity. We all need to do our business with God in the light of the day. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work (John 9:4, NKJV)

27 When will it become apparent who the believers & nonbelievers are? 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 (Matthew 25:10, NKJV) When Jesus returns... Only those ready will be taken to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

28 Why did the foolish virgins think they could be at the wedding after missing the procession? Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' (Matthew 25:11, NKJV) They thought their intention to be part of the procession was good enough; they did not know the Bridegroom enough to realize that it is necessary to honor Him with our lives. Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father (Matthew 10:32, NKJV)

29 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' (Matthew 25:11, NKJV) The time will come for everyone when it is too late to enter into a relationship with Christ. So never put off being prepared for eternity. What is the significance of the door being shut? it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27)

30 Why didnt the bridegroom know the foolish virgins? he answered and said, Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you. (Matthew 25:12, NKJV) They did not know the bridegroom enough to be prepared for his surprise arrival.

31 What is the significance of the Groom saying I do not know you? But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' (Matthew 25:12, NKJV) Neglecting to have a true personal relationship with the Bridegroom, has consequences.

32 Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' (Matthew 7:21-23, NKJV) There will be many who profess the name of Christ and do great things in His name that will not spend eternity with Him because they did not have a genuine personal relationship with Him.

33 Does this parable make our salvation uncertain until Christ comes? he answered and said, Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you. (Matthew 25:12, NKJV) …having a form of godliness but denying its power. (2 Timothy 13:5, NKJV) No, it seeks to warn those with false assurance…

34 How should we apply not knowing when the Lord is coming? Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:13, NKJV) We need to be ready all the time; conduct our lives as if He could call us out the next second. we shall all be changed-- in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet (1 Cor 15:51-52, NKJV)


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