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Prevailing Voice Daily 23rd July

Jul 23, 2019

23rd July
Text: Matthew 25:1-13KJV

1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
9 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.

Our scriptural text above is a parable of Jesus about the kingdom of heaven. A parable of five wise virgins and five foolish virgins. The fact that they were virgins is clearly a figurative expression that they were pure and without blemish, it means they had preserved themselves and had not defiled their bodies in readiness for the coming of the bridegroom. Secondly they all waited patiently for the bridegroom, they were expectant and waited, even though they slept off, yet they waited for the bridegroom. However, despite that they were virgins, despite that they waited patiently for the bridegroom, Jesus classified five of them as foolish virgins, why?
A few things we can deduce from the story about the foolish virgins which must have contributed for them being called foolish virgins are:
* They were careless: The foolish virgins could be said to be careless to have not taken extra oil with them when they saw the rest five doing so. They knew the importance of the oil in their lamb to their meeting the bridegroom, they knew they had to wait until they see their Lord and their lamb must keep burning till he comes but were careless not to have taken extra oil with them. Like the foolish virgins many today are careless with their spiritual lives as bride waiting for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
* They took his grace for granted: It was grace that kept them pure, without blemish, it was grace that they were chosen as the bride, but they took it for granted possibly thinking they could always go and buy oil when the one in their lamp is exhausted, they never thought they could dose off only to wake up at the sound of the arrival of their husband. They took the grace for granted, that since they had gone that far in preserving themselves undefiled for the bridegroom that nothing else could stop them from meeting the bridegroom even when they had no extra oil.
Beloved, do not take God’s grace for granted just as the scripture says, take heed less ye fall and take heed unto thyself that no man take thy crown. Do not be careless with your walk with God and always be ready because your Lord will come like a thief in the night when no one expects. God bless you
* Father, let me not be like the foolish virgins in Jesus Name
Jeremiah 8, 2 Timothy 4.
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