Jesus tells the parable of the ten bridesmaids, and the parable of the talents. He describes the Final Judgment.
VERSE 1. “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom.
ten virgins. This is an allegory about being ready for the return of Jesus Christ in glory at the End of Time.
who took their lamps. The goal is to have your lamp with you.
VERSE 2. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
took no oil with them. These foolish ones were unprepared. They had no supply of oil.
the wise took oil. The wise ones were prepared. They not only brought their lamps, but also brought flasks of oil with them.
their vessels. Their flasks of oil would allow them to keep their lamps lit after their lamps ran out. That way, their lamps could keep shining.
their lamps. The term “lamps” in this verse can be interpreted to mean the “light” of your good works:
Isaiah 49:6. Indeed, he says, “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel. I will also give you as a light to the nations, that you may be my salvation to the end of the earth.”
Isaiah 60:1. Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the LORD’s glory has risen on you.
Isaiah 60:2. For truly, the earth will be dark, and the peoples veiled in blackest night; but the Lord will be shining on you, and his glory will be seen among you. (BBE translation)
Isaiah 62:1. For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, Until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch. (NAB translation)
Matthew 5:16. Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 25:4. but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
1 Thessalonians 1:7. so that you became an example to all who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia.
the bridegroom delayed. The return of Jesus Christ is delayed. But it can still happen at any moment, and we need to be always ready.
VERSE 6. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!’
VERSE 7. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
VERSE 8. 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, ‘What if there isn’t enough for us and you? You go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
What if there isn’t enough for us and you? Good works cannot be loaned out to other people.
go rather to those who sell, and buy. They are to buy their good works from someone else. This suggests a works-mentaility. It is as foolish as trying to earn one’s eternal salvation. This phrase brings to mind the Catholic leaders who sold indulgences to people who did not know better.
VERSE 10. While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut.
the marriage feast. This is a metaphor for the kingdom of heaven.
The door was shut. Jesus spoke of this in Luke chapter 13:
Luke 13:25. When once the master of the house has risen up, and has shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ then he will answer and tell you, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
Lord, Lord. This is a proper title for the Lord Jesus Christ. Nonetheless, merely mouthing them does not prove inward convictions or a change of heart.
Matthew 7:21. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
VERSE 12. But he answered, ‘Most certainly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
VERSE 13. Watch therefore, for you don’t know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Mark 13:32. But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Summary: This parable is an allegory about being responsible during the period before the triumphant return of Jesus Christ in glory at the End of Time.
VERSE 14. “For it is like a man, going into another country, who called his own servants, and entrusted his goods to them.
going into another country. The man went on a journey. He will be temporarily absent. After Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, he has been temporarily absent from us these 2,000 years.
VERSE 15. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey.
talents. In this context, a “talent” is money.
VERSE 16. Immediately he who received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.
traded with them. This suggests a willingness to take risks. It might represent people who go to foreign countries to evangelize.
he who received the five talents went. A goal for money is to invest it. We invest it in the kingdom of God. We do that by giving it away. Giving our money to the cause of Jesus Christ is called “tithing.” It is also called “stewardship.”
made another five talents. As we give away our money to the kingdom of God, we might be privileged to see it yield fruit. Lives might be touched, hearts converted, destinies changed. We pray that believers invest greatly in the kingdom of God. We pray that God multiply our investing in his kingdom.
VERSE 17. In the same way, he also who got the two gained another two.
VERSE 18. But he who received the one talent went away and dug in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
VERSE 19. “Now after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reconciled accounts with them.
after a long time. This suggests the return of the Lord Jesus Christ will be delayed a long time.
VERSE 20. He who received the five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents. Behold, I have gained another five talents in addition to them.’
VERSE 21. “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
Enter into the joy of your lord. This suggests entering the kingdom.
VERSE 22. “He also who got the two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents. Behold, I have gained another two talents in addition to them.’
VERSE 23. “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
VERSE 24. “He also who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you didn’t sow, and gathering where you didn’t scatter.
VERSE 25. I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.’
VERSE 26. “But his lord answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant. You knew that I reap where I didn’t sow, and gather where I didn’t scatter.
VERSE 27. You ought therefore to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back my own with interest.
VERSE 28. Take away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.
VERSE 29. For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have abundance, but from him who doesn’t have, even that which he has will be taken away.
Hebrews 6:8. but if it bears thorns and thistles, it is rejected and near being cursed, whose end is to be burned.
VERSE 30. Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
VERSE 31. “But 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.
when the Son of Man comes. This is the moment when Jesus Christ returns in glory at the End of Time. Some believers call that the Parousia.
all the holy angels with him. This is a magnificent moment:
Deuteronomy 33:2. The LORD came from Sinai, and rose from Seir to them. He shone from Mount Paran. He came from the ten thousands of holy ones. At his right hand was a fiery law for them.
Zechariah 14:5. You shall flee by the valley of my mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azel; yes, you shall flee, just like you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. The LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with you.
Daniel 7:10. A fiery stream issued and came out from before him. Thousands of thousands ministered to him. Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The judgment was set. The books were opened.
Matthew 25:31. But 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.
2 Thessalonians 1:7. and to give relief to you who are afflicted with us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire,
VERSE 32. Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
all the nations. The Greek word for “nations” is ἔθνη (“ethnē”). It means groups of almost any kind, but especially “peoples” or “nations.”
separates the sheep from the goats. The prophet Ezekiel foresaw this moment:
Ezekiel 34:17. As for you, O my flock, thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, the rams and the male goats.
right hand. The Bible often mentions “the right hand” of God. That is a position of power and honor. We believe it refers to Jesus Christ. More verses about the right hand.
VERSE 34. Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
the King. This refers to Jesus Christ.
VERSE 35. for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in.
I was hungry:
Sirach 11:34. Receive a stranger into your house, and he will distract you with brawls, And estrange you from your own.
Isaiah 58:6. “Isn’t this the fast that I have chosen: to release the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?
Matthew 9:13. But you go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Matthew 25:35. for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in.
3 John 1:5. Beloved, you do a faithful work in whatever you accomplish for those who are brothers and strangers.
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.’
Sirach 7:35. Be not slow to visit a sick man; For by such things you will gain love.
VERSE 37. “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink?
the righteous. Those who innocently go about extending compassion to other people.
VERSE 38. When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you?
VERSE 39. When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’
VERSE 40. “The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
the least of these my brothers. Jesus refers to these unfortunate people as his brothers. Why does he call them his brothers?
They are Christian believers? They are fellow human beings? They do the will of God the Father?
Matthew 12:50. For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.
VERSE 41. Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels;
the eternal fire:
Matthew 25:41. Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels;
Revelation 19:20. The beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who worked the signs in his sight, with which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.
Revelation 20:14. Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
Revelation 21:8. But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.
VERSE 42. for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink;
VERSE 43. I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
VERSE 44 “Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a str.anger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?’
VERSE 45. “Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you didn’t do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’
Proverbs 17:5. Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker. He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.
VERSE 46. These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
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