His Last Days the Power of Faith Hope and Love Part 5
1. The Ten Virgins
Matthew 25: 1-13
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
This first parable is meant to clear up any questions about the time of the Lords return.
Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
To be unprepared would be a great insult
Much like those who carelessly avoided the Kings son’s wedding in chapter 22.
Half the group is prepared
The others are not
The essence of preparedness is the ability to wait until the time of return of the bridegroom.
Called to a late night vigil
They have to keep their lamps lit until He comes
Some prepared for the event by filling their flasks with oil
Others just had the oil in their lamps
They had to wait until midnight
They were running low and panic sets in
In the natural this happens at almost every wedding something goes wrong and everyone panics
They go to the other five who prepared and try to borrow but it is too late the time for borrowing is past this is too important of an event.
They leave to go shopping to try to find oil
While they are gone
The bridegroom returns and everyone processes into the extravagant feast
First century wedding could go for 7 days
The fact that the door is shut is more than a necessary plot twist for Jesus’s story
In those days a bride sometimes was stolen before the marriage was consummated.
No matter how hard they knock or how loudly they yell that door was not opening
The message simple and straight forward Be Alert!!! And echo of Matthew 24:42
2. The Talents
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
This second parable is meant to clear up any questions of the Masters character.
“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?
What faithfulness should or should not look like until the masters return
Among these three servants an enormous amount of money is divided amongst them approximately 2 million dollars to which the master refers to as a few things. He must have been extremely wealthy.
He knows his servants well and divides up the amount according to their abilities.
We know that the masters insight into his servants was dead on
The one he gave 5 made 5 more
The one who had 2 made 2 more
The one who had 1 buries it. He only returns 1 to the master.
He returns and calls for an accounting
Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.
His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.
Faithfulness equals stewardship
The second one is also rewarded
The third one is called to account. He gives an excuse that calls into question the masters character.
‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
So this is what he said.
Its not my fault you are to hard on people.
Your expectations of me are impossible to meet.
You expect to reap where you have not sown.
This a lie
This master had sown 2 million dollars
To the one with 5 he gave 1,250,000
To the one with 2 he gave 500,000
To the one with 1 he gave 250,000
He was afraid so he simply hid the money
The master says if you really thought that this was my character why didn’t you at least deposit in the bank where I would have at least earned some interest.
One of the things that we must see is the character of our master
He is good
He is merciful
He is gracious
He is kind
3. The Sheep and the Goats
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
The separation of the sheep and goats is the last of Jesus’s teaching in Matthew and it addresses the misunderstanding of Judgement.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Now with the cross looming he returns to his early teaching of what separates those who are true son’s and daughters and those who have indeed done things for him. Just like the 3rd servant in the previous parable.
When you did it to the least of these you did it to me
When you did it not to the least of these you did it not to me
Faith Hope and Love are seen in each of these parables
Faith to keep oil for our lamps even when it seem like the hour is late.
Faith to be faithful to be a good steward with what God puts in our hands.
Faith to do good to those to whom the Lord identifies with
Hope in the oil to burn bright until the bridegroom comes
Hope in our good master that he will do what He promises
Hope in a good God who loves His Sheep
Love of the bridegroom for his bride gives us the assurance that He will return.
Love is knowing the true heart of our master
Love is identifying Jesus in others