Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Keep Watch - You Don't Know the Day or Hour

Keep Watch - You Don't Know the Day or Hour

Today I was studying and meditating about being ready.  I was asking myself what the consequences were if I was ready or not.  Under a box titled "Prepared," I wrote "ready status and prepared."  As I was meditating on the results of "Not prepared" I heard clearly, "virgins without oil."

I opened up my Bible to Matthew 25 and the story of the ten virgins.  They were going out to meet the bridegroom. The five prudent virgins took extra oil with them and the five foolish did not.  The bridegroom was delayed and "all slept." 

Then in the middle of the night a cry was heard, "Behold the bridegroom! Go to meet him!"  All the virgins were raised and trimmed their lamps.  The foolish virgins asked the prudent to give them their oil saying, "our lamps are being quenched (Greek.)" But the prudent told them "there may not be enough for us both, go and buy oil for yourselves."

And while the five foolish virgins went to buy oil, the ready ones (Greek) went in with the bridegroom to the wedding festivities, and the door was shut.  When the foolish virgins finally came and wanted to enter, the bridegrooom said, "I do not know you."  The story ends with the words, "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or hour."


  • What is the meaning of "quenching our lamps" and how does it produce not being ready? The prudent virgins had extra oil with them. The Bible tells us to not "quench the Spirit" (1 Thess. 5:19) Jesus said "I am the light of the world; the one following me (continuously) will by no means walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (Jn. 8:12)
  • What affect has viewing this story from only a spiritual perspective had on the church?
  • Does the physical readiness of the church reveal its true spiritual condition?






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