The Ten Virgins & The Talents
The Ultimate witnesses are seen on the Triumphal Entry
There was only 1 time during Jesus earthly ministry Jesus allowed Himself to be publicly worshipped, we celebrate the day known as Palm Sunday.
On this day Jesus was adhering to a calendar concerning the coming of the Anointed One given to the prophet Daniel By God’s messenger, the angel Gabriel, in 536 BC. Recorded in Daniel Ch 9.
Jesus’ followers went ahead of Him into Jerusalem with shouts of praise and worship to their King.
Once again, the religious leaders of the day demanded Jesus silence His followers for they understood this praise to be reserved for God alone and considered this an act of blasphemy.
Jesus replied that even if they were quiet the stones would cry out. For this was the day God had planned to reveal His Anointed One. God’s plan for eternity fulfilled on His divine timetable.
Most of the people present and the religious leaders of the day were not watching and waiting for the Christ.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem because they were not ready and this would mean destruction for Jerusalem .
So what is the application for us?
We can take comfort in knowing that God has a plan,
That the entire God Head is involved in perfectly executing that plan.
His plan is for the redemption of all mankind. Jesus says because of the Jewish unbelief the Gentiles receive the call of God.
We should be Alert, looking for and waiting for our Savior’s return.
Have you ever been to a family reunion and had to journey some distance to get there?
How did you feel? Were you excited to see your relatives? Were you anxious with anticipation?
When Our Lord returns, though we know Him now on some level, then, we will see Him face to face.
We will be united with believers from the ages. We will be reunited with family members we have not seen in some time.
The entire family of God will be gathered for the very first time.
How should we feel about this? How should we prepare?
In Mathew 25 our Lord answers the question about how we should prepare for His return.
The parable of the 10 virgins reminds us to be ready, waiting and filled with his Spirit.
The Parable of the Talents reminds us that we are to “Occupy” till he comes, that is, we are to be about our Fathers business of building the kingdom of God with the gifts He has given us.
Jesus tells these parables during the last week of His earthly ministry, that is, just after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem and before He was crucified on the cross for our sake.
Jesus had wept over Jerusalem as he entered the city and revealed that the city would be destroyed and the temple taken apart piece by piece. All this happened because the religious leaders were not waiting for their Messiah. God institutes the church age with a primary focus on the salvation of the nations (Gentiles).
His disciples asked him a series of questions concerning when these things would occur. Jesus provides a detailed answer concerning the things that would take place and signs that would mark His return. (Mark 13, Mt 24, Luke 21)
Today we will look at the parables He told as warnings to believers.
Bible Text : Mat 25
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6“At midnight (a time you do not expect) the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
To the church He is the bridegroom. To the kingdom of darkness he is an invader, a thief and a robber, stealing souls away to heaven.
1 Thes 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God
7“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9“ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.
Rev 3: HYPERLINK “http://biblehub.com/revelation/3-18.htm” 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed
Questions and Observations:
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
1 What time is Jesus referring to? Who or what do the 10 virgins represent? Who is the bridegroom (Eph5)?
Jesus is referring to the time of His return after all the things leading up to His return are completed.
The 10 Virgins represent the church and their lamps their spiritual condition at the time of Jesus return.
The Bridegroom of course is Jesus the head of the church, the husband of the bride.
2 What distinguished the foolish virgins (churches) from the wise? What is it that keeps the lamp of the church lit? What caused the complacency of some? What did they all have in common?
The foolish virgins did not have oil for their lamps.
It is the Spirit of Christ working in the churches to remain focused on the mission. (see Jesus admonition to the churches in Rev 2,3 – Jesus says if they do not repent He will take away their lamp stand)
Because Jesus has been a long time in coming many have lost focus, developed their own pet doctrines, strayed from the faith and given in to the culture.
At the time of His return all have the virgins have fallen asleep, the entire church has become lethargic.
6 In the Jewish wedding tradition the bridegroom comes for His bride when His Father has completed all the preparations for the feast. He comes unannounced and sometimes in the middle of the night, like a thief, he steals her away.
7 What caused all the virgins to awake? What will cause the church to wake up?
The cry went out, the sound of the watchman shouting. In the Old Testament this was the role of the Prophet sounding the alarm. Someone who diligently studies the scriptures to understand God’s ways and our failures.
8-9 According to verse 8 could the oil be transferred or loaned to others? Who is responsible for maintaining the lamp?
Each one is responsible for maintaining his lamp.
Mt 6: HYPERLINK “http://biblehub.com/matthew/6-22.htm” 22“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. HYPERLINK “http://biblehub.com/matthew/6-23.htm” 23“But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
.’10“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Parable of the Talents
Mt 25:14“For it (the kingdom of God) is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 “To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. 16“Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. 17“In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. 18“But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.
20“The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ 21“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
22“Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ 23“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
10 Who goes into the wedding Feast with the bridegroom?
The Virgins who are ready (the true church), waiting, looking, hoping and maintaining their lamp.
11 What happens to the other?
The bridegroom says I don’t know you.
Now is the time for maintaining our connection with the bridegroom, Jesus.
Parable of the Talents
14 Who is the man going on a Journey? To whom does He give gifts?
Jesus has left the earth and gone into heaven where he administers the grace of God in its various forms (gifts for service) to the church.
We are stewards of His grace, gifted to serve Him.
15-18 Is there a difference in the way we receive and use the gifts God bestows on believers?
Yes, some are diligent to develop the gift until it is fruitful for the kingdom
Others squander the gift or leave it idle and unproductive.
19 How long was the Master gone?
A long time, almost 2000 years have passed.
20-23 How would you describe the first two servants? How are they rewarded?
Faithful, productive, diligent, devoted
The Master is pleased with them and they receive His praise
Because they are responsible with few things they will be given many things to steward in the master’s name.
24“And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26“But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 ‘Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28‘ Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’
29“For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
30“Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
24-29 How would you describe the 3rd servant? What is his attitude toward the master? What is his reward?
The master calls him wicked and lazy
He sees the Master as harsh unloving, a task master.
His gift is taken from him
He is cast into outer darkness
This parable speaks about the believer’s responsibility to put to good use the good gifts that we receive from Our Lord. There is an expectation of us to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and exercise these gifts in order to be effective within the body of Christ and in our witness to the world. We are to overcome evil by doing good. We are to steal souls from the kingdom of darkness and help usher them into the kingdom of light. This is the Master’s business, have you joined in it?
We have a Savior who gave up all to come here to save us. He redeemed us, which means, He purchased us from the slave market of sin. Therefore we are not our own we were bought at a price and we belong to Him.
After ascending into heaven He poured out the Holy Spirit on all who accepted His free gift of salvation. The gifts of the spirit are used to build up the body and draw others to Christ
Eph 4 He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) 11And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ
It is the responsibility of each believer and the church corporately to grow in the grace and knowledge of God. To be good stewards of the grace He has given us and to extend that grace to others.
If we do this we demonstrate that we are indeed His children and that our sights are not set on earthly things but on the plan of our Father In Heaven.
As His children we look forward to Our Saviors return and the gathering together of the whole Body of Christ in a great reunion in His kingdom.
Peter says: 2 Peter 3
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation