This verse is at the end of the parable of the ten virgins.
The parable explains that of the ten virgins, five were wise.
The other five were foolish.
They all took their lamps and waited for the bridegroom.
But, the wise ones took oil in their vessels for their lamps.
While they were waiting for the bridegroom, they all slept.
At midnight, there was a cry made: Behold, the bridegroom cometh: go
ye out to meet him.
All of the virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones,
finding themselves unprepared at his arrival- asked the wise ones
for oil, because theirs had run out.
These wise women responded that no, they wouldn’t be able to share.
They wouldn’t have enough oil for themselves if they were to give theirs away.
The wise women suggested that the foolish ones go to a merchant and buy
what they needed.
While the foolish women were shopping for oil, the bridegroom opened the door.
Those that were ready went in with him to the marriage. The door was then shut,
not to be opened again.
The foolish women arrived too late. I can imagine them pounding on the door,
begging to be let in. They cried: “Lord, Lord, open to us.”
The bridegroom replied: “Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”
What a lesson this is in spiritual preparedness- in taking the time
to prepare for what is to come. And while we may not know the day or hour
that the Lord will arrive, the signs are here.
When that door is opened one day, may we be ready and welcomed by our Savior.
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