Al's Views, Personal Thoughts

Be Watchful
10 August 2003

By Allan B. Colombo
May 20, 2002 Journal Entry

Reading Matthew 25, it talks of the Kingdom of God by correlating certain aspects of life to what is expected of us. It does this through the recitation of Jesus' own words concerning the bridegroom and the ten virgins.

When that day comes, the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins, who went to bring the bridegroom and his bride home, taking their lamps with them. Five of these were foolish, and five were wise; the five foolish, when they took their lamps, did ot provide themselves with oil, but those who were wise took oil in the vessels they carried, as well as the lamps. The bridegroom was long in coming, so that they all grew drowsy, and fell asleep. And at midnight they cry was raised, Behold, the bridegroom is on his way; go out to meet him. Thereupon all these virgins awoke, and fell to trimming their lamps; and now the foolish ones said to the wise, Share your oil with us, our lamps are burning low. But the wise ones answered, How if there is not enough for us and for you? Better that you should find your way to the merchants, and buy for yourselves. And so, while they were away buying it, the bridegroom came; those who stood ready escorted him to the wedding, and the door was shut. Afterwards those other virgins came, with the cry, Lord, Lord, open to us. And he answered, Believe me, I do not recognize you. Be on the watch, then; the day of it and the hour of it are unknown to you.
Matthew 25:1-13
New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
Translated by Ronald Knox
Sheed & Ward, 1954, New York

The summation of verses one through twelve is contained in verse thirteen:

"Watch, therefore, for ye know not the day or the hour whenin the Son of Man cometh." Matthew 25:13
King James version

The ten virgins are as you and I, the bridegroom as Jesus. The lamps are that which others see through watching us live our lives and the oil is the Word of God that fuels our lamps unto the world. In the end analysis, our lamps are either lit or they are dark. To keep them lit, in preparation for Christ's return, we need to fill our hearts and minds with His Word.

Perhaps another way to view this is by comparing the outward manifestation of our persons to those things we take in to our souls. We reflect what we consider the most. We, as members of the human race, see the things that go on around us as being entirely separate from God, Jesus, and what we read in the Bible. But are they really separated by anything whatsoever?

In closing, one last thought. Remember where Christ was tempted in the desert by Satan? The one temptation involved Satan taking Jesus to a high place where he showed Christ all the riches and power that Satan possessed on Earth. All Christ had to do to have a portion was to bow down to Satan. Don't think for one moment that the same offer was not made to mere men. Look at those who now have it and discern which ones that decided to take Satan up on his offer!

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