When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept.” vss. 3-5Matthew 25:1-8
First century Christians believed that Jesus was going to return to earth and complete the work that he had begun. As the years went by and that didn’t happen, it was simply assumed that he had been delayed, but that didn’t mean he wouldn’t eventually come. For that reason, Matthew concluded the teaching portion of his gospel by recounting three parables of Jesus that dealt with his delayed return. In the first, ten bridesmaids have been charged with the task of welcoming the bridegroom with lighted lamps. Five had brought extra oil, five had not! As they waited both the wise and the foolish fell asleep–there was nothing to distinguish one group from the other. We know that scene! Generally, it is not known whether we are wise or foolish–to the untrained eye all people look pretty much the same. It’s only when a crisis comes that our wisdom or foolishness is revealed. In that moment of need it becomes obvious that some have fuel reserves while others don’t. The result is panic and confusion for the foolish and calm acceptance for the wise. Blessed are those who have learned how to live prudently and who have accumulated spiritual treasure for themselves! They will be ready for anything!
Thought for the Day: Why is prudential living so difficult?