The Ten Virgins
15 August 2021 AM – Matthew 25:1-13 – Parables21 – Scott Childs
Introduction: While patrolling the streets of his small town, Joe, a new police officer, gave a citation for every infraction he could find. When a car came rushing by, he immediately turned on his siren and lights and pulled over the driver. The young man jumped from his car and tried to explain his emergency, but the officer perceived the verbal initiative as a threat, so he handcuffed the man and hauled him off to jail. Every time the young man tried to speak, Officer Joe exercised his authority and insisted on silence. After making the arrest and feeling confident he had demonstrated the complete power of his badge, Officer Joe started an autocratic monologue with his prisoner. He smugly said, “Lucky for you, ‘fly boy,’ the chief is at his daughter’s wedding and will be in a good mood when he finally gets here to see you.” The prisoner replied, “I wouldn’t count on it. I’m the groom!”
Weddings are exciting events. In our parable today, Jesus spoke of the guests awaiting the arrival of the Bridegroom and His bride for their wedding banquet.
Transition: I want us to investigate four settings that ought to help us to understand the parable and to learn from it.
The Contextual Setting