Mat 24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
Mat 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Mat 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Mat 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Mat 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Sweet thought/sentiment,,,,but where is your biblical evidence that oil (the real point of the symbolism) means "love"?Matthew 25:4
" but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps."
IMO, I will equate Lamp, with Light, with good deeds, with Love…
Thus, not only our dealing with people filled with Love, but to carry on for extra mile = Patience.
If we are teachers: patience to teach….
If we are students: to exert effort to listen.
If we are parent: it is easy to provide material things…. what is more loving is spending time with them..
I read somewhere that evil is equated with idleness… being lazy….rather than pride.
I tend to agree…. Love is an effort.
Psa 119:105 Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
I equate the LAMP with LIGHT with LOVESweet thought/sentiment,,,,but where is your biblical evidence that oil (the real point of the symbolism) means "love"?
I ask again....where in the Word is this equation of yours located? I can't find it.I equate the LAMP with LIGHT with LOVE
I think the oil symbolizes nothing (in the parable at least)
… it is the effort of the prudent that is being symbolized….
The reason i put it in red: because what the OP mentioned is lamp is filled only... there is a flask/vessel carried for the extra oil....
which one: OIL?I ask again....where in the Word is this equation of yours located? I can't find it.
I know what you are saying....But where is your Bible PROOF of this?which one: OIL?
i equate the LAMP with LIGHT, then GOOD DEEDS, then LOVE.
Well.....Can't recall any "loaded questions" from you, Stan.
Let's look at the results of the surrounding parables both in the 24 chapter and the one you mention in 25: 14~30 as well as the virgins waiting for the Bridegroom:
Servants, virgins....not unbeleivers....
Yes I do see the virgin status as VERY significant.Yes I see that, but it doesn't mean it represented ONLY believers. Maybe the first thing to establish is WHAT is the kingdom of heaven? We need to keep within the context of the Olivet discourses.
I don't know why Jesus used VIRGINS for the people in this parable, other than it was the common practice of the day to do so. I'm sure their virginal status is irrelevant. Maybe you see something I don't?
There may also be a significance to Rev 7 and 14 where the male virgins are called out to witness to Israel, by I digress.Yes I do see the virgin status as VERY significant.
First to the Jewish mind a young maiden, a virgin, is the highest example of pure love and undivided devotion. In the OT, a non-virgin man was no big deal, no laws were imposed against him in the Mosaic laws (that I am aware of) BUT the defiled non virgin woman is a symbol of all thinks evil, divisive and unfaithful (Jezebel, Delilah etc.)
Therefore, Christ I think is using this example of the pure undivided lovers of Christ's return very pointedly. However, he is also underlining that these very devoted "virgins" are some not so wise and some wise...I see this as pointing to His Church. The virgins point to His People in these last days.
So all we need to see is what the lamp and oil represent, then we can see the meaning of who was foolish and why.
Sorry I'm not sure what you mean by NOT a sexual matter. That is exactly what a virgin is. NO sexual activity.Yes there is a definite connection, but I do not see this as a sexual matter even there.
But...no comment on my last post?