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Matthew 25:1-13 The Bridegroom Cometh

Are you prepared?

Are you prepared?

We are still on the Mount of Olives with Jesus as He is teaching His disciples about the end times and His second coming. In the section we are looking at today, Jesus uses the parable of the ten virgins. This parable, on the surface is pretty simple; we don’t know the day or the hour Jesus will return, so always be watching and ready. But there are a couple of questions I want to ask.

Jesus starts off by focusing on the virgins, their lamps, and the journey they set off on. Jesus says there are ten of them and they all want the same thing; to meet the bridegroom. Was the bridegroom going to choose one of them to marry? Was he going to marry all of them? Were they like bridesmaids to the real bride? Were they collectively the bride as we, the church, are Jesus’ bride? I was reading about Jewish weddings on Wildolive.com. The author talks about the bridesmaids having to be ready to go with the bride, including having a lamp and oil for it at all times. I was also reading on Bible Hermeneutics Beta and they were addressing this question too. I don’t know if I have THE answer, but I’m going with that they were all brides for this bridegroom as we are all part of Jesus’ bride as believers. Read more »