September 25, 2015
Last week we talked about the ten virgins in Matthew 25.
We dealt mostly with the five wise, their passion for the Bridegroom, and the
oil of anointing that fed the flame of their love. There's more, and
we'll come back to the five wise in a bit, but let's talk about the five
foolish and why they were rejected when they came back after trying to
"buy" more oil for their lamps. Here again is the parable as
Jesus shared it.
Matthew 25:1-12: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which
took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them
were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish
took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in
their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all
slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom
cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed
their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for
our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so;
lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell,
and buy for yourselves. 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
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open
to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you
not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour
wherein the Son of man cometh.
again, here is how the word in the Greek text defines the foolish virgins:
Greek word, moros, brings to
mind the English term, "moron," (and that IS where our English word
comes from) which if frequently used colloquially to refer to someone who lacks
intelligence, (e.g., an idiot) or someone who offends our sensibilities with
totally illogical behavior. In fact the true definition of moros is:thoughtless,
imprudent, without forethought or wisdom; empty, useless. J. H. Thayer
captures the real essence of how this word occurs in the Word like this: one who
thinks he can operate outside of God's wisdom; one who neglects and/or despises
the sozo offered.
is important to recognize that the foolish virgins were among those chosen for
consideration among the Bride. There was real potential in them.
They were beautiful to look upon. They showed passion. Their
appearance was chaste and their behavior to this point had been discreet and
prudent. So what happened?
Like so many believers today, they became entangled with the affairs of this
life. The Bridegroom delayed His coming. They got their focus on
their own care, their livelihood and the ongoing events of each day. I
believe that (and this is strictly an opinion) the Fear of Death overtook
them. Why do I say that? The oil necessary to keep their lamps lit,
their passion alive and burning, comes with a huge cost.
That cost comes in the form of what we know as crushing. The picture of
the oil in the Word -- both Old Testament and New Testament -- is an oil
derived by a crushing process. Great pressure is applied. The Greek
word for pressure is thlipsis. This is a
word which Paul uses often in his letters. In his letter to the
Colossians, Paul rejoices in the sufferings he is enduring, stating that there
was a necessity for him (and us, by analogy) to gain the anointing of the Lord
Jesus Christ by "filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions."
word, "afflictions," in the Greek text is, thlipsis. This is the
same word that Jesus used when He said, "These
things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the
world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer: I have overcome the
Acts 14:21-22, we are told: And when they had
preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium,
and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting
them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much
tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
again is the same picture. Get it? We MUST through much thlipsis enter into the
Kingdom of God! The ten virgins absolutely HAD TO keep their lamps lit
with that oil of anointing that comes through thlipsis.
kind of pressure costs! The five wise virgins paid dearly for the oil
that kept their lamps burning. They paid with false accusations against
them. They paid with their reputations being sullied by "the accuser
of the brethren." They paid with their lives being put in danger
from time to time. They paid with the betrayal of friends and would-be
believers who turned their back on them as being fanatics. Their devotion
to their betrothed Bridegroom was treated as "over the edge."
is one other thing that comes with paying the kind of price necessary for that
anointing oil: revelation! John opens up the book of Revelation by
declaring that it was "the Revelation of Jesus
We'll talk more about this momentarily, but with the price that the five wise
virgins paid, there came an ongoing and continuing revelation of their coming
The five foolish virgins simply could not endure that kind of thlipsis. They
succumbed to the Fear of Death and to the Fear of Man. When faced with
that kind of cost, when faced with the loss of friends and reputation, when
faced with their lives being endangered and being put under attack, the
crushing ceased. They stopped producing the oil necessary to keep the
flame of their passion alive.
again the definition of moros: thoughtless,
imprudent, without forethought or wisdom; empty, useless. The five
foolish virgins did not consider the costs, and did not weigh the benefits of
paying the cost. They were imprudent. They were without forethought
(4) We looked at this last week, and here
it is again. When the cry sounded, "Behold
the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet Him," the Greek text uses the
term, kosmeo, to describe the virgins
"trimming" their lamps. In fact, this term, kosmeo, literally
means: to put in proper order, to decorate (both literally and
figuratively), to garnish, to adorn.
five foolish virgins were in disarray and sudden panic. No oil. No
flame burning. They were in relative spiritual darkness. They had
no revelation of the coming Bridegroom. The only thing they were aware of
was that He was going to come. What He was coming for in a prepared
Bride-to-be was lost in their consciousness. They were literally without
the means to put themselves in proper order or to adorn themselves as a ready
(5) Here's the tragedy of this
picture. By having NOT paid the cost to have the oil that would keep
their flame alive, their actions demonstrated that they were empty and
useless. It defies any kind of reason or rational thinking that they
would have gone to the five wise virgins and said, "Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out." Duhhh ..... Riiiggghhhttt!!
"Let us piggy-back on your anointing. Allow us to skate by without
having paid the price."
answer of the five wise was careful and judicious: Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to
them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Why of course!
The irony in this statement is inescapable!
what it cost them to have their oil. That oil was not available in the
marketplace! It wasn't something one could go and spend money for and get
across the counter. It was tantamount to Simon the Sorcerer's request to
Peter. Remember? Acts 8 gives us the following picture.
Acts 8:5-24: Then Philip went
down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the
people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were
possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were
lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city. But there
was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used
sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some
great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest,
saying, This man is the great power of God.
And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had
bewitched them with sorceries. But when they believed Philip preaching the
things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were
baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when
he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles
and signs which were done.
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria
had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who,
when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the
Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid
they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands
the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me
also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy
Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with
thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with
money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is
not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness,
and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart
may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of
bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then answered
Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things
which ye have spoken come upon me.
see the picture, don't you? Simon, whose first stage is that of one who
is by nature, and by occupation a deceiver and manipulator, is faced for the
first time in his life with the real. We are told that he "believes
and is baptized." There's just one problem. Simon may have
accepted Jesus Christ as the long-awaited Messiah, and goes through water
baptism, but the transformation of his character has not yet been changed.
sees what happens to people when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. He
sees that an instant transformation occurs when Peter lays hands on
people. What Simon fails to understand because he is so caught up in the
past ways of his sorcery is that the gift of the Holy Spirit comes by yielding
to Holy Spirit. The gift of Holy Spirit is NOT a commodity one can
buy or sell. You CAN buy it, but NOT with money. You buy it with
your surrender to Holy Spirit -- no matter the cost.
Simon pulls a "foolish virgin" stunt and thinks he can buy the Holy
Spirit. Riiiggghhhttt!! What Simon failed
to realize is that the presence of God in Peter's life had cost him
everything! There was no amount of money that could take the place of
what Peter had paid in terms of his reputation, his persecution, having his
life under continual threat, having been jailed for being a representative of
the Lord Jesus Christ, having lost friends, his occupation, etc., etc., etc.
is it with some folks that they think God is for sale to the highest
bidder? How do people come to the conclusion that the "gifts"
of Holy Spirit are for sale? The gift comes at the discretion of the
giver -- NOT the receiver!
this instance -- and we return to the picture of the five foolish virgins --
the response of the five wise virgins to "go
ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves," has multiple
facets. One might say that their response was a bit tongue-in-cheek since
there was no way that oil was going to be purchased in the marketplace.
On the other hand, it also signified that a place was still available to them
in the Kingdom. The Bridegroom's response to them was this, "I know you not."
are two words in the Greek text that clearly delineate what the Lord was
saying. The first -- and this is the word Jesus used -- is the
word, eido. The second word is, optanomai. The
word, eido, indicates that He didn't have
intimate knowledge of them -- that there was no ongoing personal relationship
between the five foolish and Himself. The second word -- and this is NOT
the word that Jesus uses -- is the word, optanomai, and it denotes the
ability to see visibly, to see with one's eyes, to perceive by the seeing with
the eye. You get the difference, I'm sure. There's a huge
difference between simply seeing someone, and recognizing someone you see
because you know them personally and have a real relationship together.
may have taken this discussion down a bit of a rabbit trail, but my objective
has been to make clear that a person can "get saved." They can
be baptized in water. They can have their "fire insurance"
taken care of, but that in no way denotes having a real, personal relationship
-- an intimate, love relationship -- with the Lord Jesus Christ. In the
natural realm, relationships are tested. Folks stick with each other
through the good and the bad. They become inseparably linked together.
Jesus was making clear through the telling of this parable was that He has a
people who are inseparably linked to Him in a love relationship. They are
folks who have paid the price of relationship. Their walk with God has
been tested. They have responded -- not reacted -- to every test and
trial positively. Their love for the Lord has only grown throughout the
is a people -- a bridal company -- who are continually being filled with Holy
Spirit because they continually give out that which is given. Their flame
of passion burns brightly. No one who sees or knows them has any doubt
where they stand. These are a people ready for the Glory of the Lord to
there's more next week.
I remind those of you
in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes place on Mondays at 7:00
PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). As of Monday, September 14th, our call-in
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At the same time, in
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