Coming to the end now, look at what happens next, verses 11 & 12:
“Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”
Look again at verse 10:
“And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”
The foolish demanded the oil of their sisters, but what do we see instead?
Verses 9 – 10 read:
“But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Verse 8 continues, “And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.”
What a terrible position to be in?! The time had come, and they weren’t ready!
Look back now at verses 6 & 7 in our text in Matthew:
“And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.”
The Hour of His Return is Unknown to us, you see.
We read in 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 5 that we, the children of the light, know that the Lord will come like a thief in the night, and that we are to remain watchful and sober. We are to remain aware of the circumstances around us
Even though the hour of His coming will be unknown, we can be sensitive to the season we find ourselves in, being watchful and being ready!
We have a beautiful promise given to us in John Chapter 14. There Jesus tells us this:
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
I love this little passage for a number of reasons, but I want to tell you something that awes me about it:
Look at the next few verses there, 2 – 4:
“And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.”
Moving on, we find the parable continuing…
“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.”