Matthew 25:1-13 by Pastor Don Moore

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Matthew 25:1-13 by Pastor Don Moore

These notes come from a Bible study was taught 7/1/11 by Pastor Don Moore. We covered Matthew 25:1-8 in this Bible study, the 7-13 the following week.

Matthew 25:1-13 is often used to beat up the sheep.

Jesus begins his teaching in Matthew 24 with speaking about the signs of the times and knowing that the end is at hand.  He speaks about the faithful servant and the evil servant.

Matthew 24:45-51 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?  Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.  Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.  But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’  and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards,  the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

This sets the context for Matthew 25 about the ten virgins, five wise/five foolish.  The important thing to remember in this story is that ALL ARE VIRGINS.  All are saints with the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  All are called.

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

All the virgins are called to go to the wedding feast of the Lamb which is being prepaid. We need to up our game to make sure we are prepared.  We are to judge ourselves in this, not try to determine who is and isn’t prepared. We need to figure out what we need to do in our lives to make sure we have oil in our lamps, that we are prepared. We need to look forward to being called and discern those areas that we need to work on in our lives.

To properly discern the meaning of a Scripture, we need to ask ourselves who is speaking and who is he talking to? In Matthew 25, Jesus is speaking and he is speaking about the spiritual Kingdom. He is talking to his disciples.

Matthew 25:1 Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

He was talking about the Spiritual Kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom.  But we are also told that the Kingdom of God is at hand, that we can reach out and touch it. Also, the Kingdom of God is within you.  We should experience the Kingdom of God on earth, not wait until we die.

A parable is a story, and this one is set in a factual spiritual setting and experience.

Notice the term SHALL BE LIKENED TO – that means it is also prophetic, futuristic.

So, for this parable, the Kingdom of God is in existence at the time of Jesus’ telling and is also in existence now and in the future.

At a future time this will happen.

The LAMPS – The virgins bring their lamps and come to wait on the Groom who is coming for His Bride. The virgins are not his Bride. The ones waiting for the Groom are the FRIENDS of the Bride.  The Bride is the Church and the saints in the Church.  The Groom is going to come with His friends, the inside core of relations He calls friends – angles, apostles, etc.  Remember, in Chapter 24 it says that Jesus is coming in the clouds to gather His Bride, to separate the sheep from the goats. He is taking a remnant of the elite. He is coming to get the elect that can’t be fooled.

Matthew 24:30-31 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The word, rapture, is not in the Bible. The early apostles did not use that term. It wasn’t used until the 1800’s.  Also Mary is not considered a co-redeemer with Christ until some false teachings came out in 1844.

What is called the rapture today was termed the blessed hope, the quickening, the snatching away.

The Wedding of Christ is in the spiritual realm.  The angels and apostles come in the clouds. During this quickening, blessed hope, Jesus’ feet do not touch the ground, He is in the clouds.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Matthew 24:29-31 Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Matthew 24:36-39  But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

When Jesus comes, everyone will know about it.

Matthew 24:40-44  Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

It doesn’t say what season, time, or hour.  Just that we must be ready. If the Gospel and prophecy doesn’t cause you to change your heart, how you are living and acting, how can you be called as a believer? When we repent we change. We are a living, breathing organism and we change – we don’t do the same old, same old.

Matthew 25, is for all saints, Messianic and those who are not Jewish

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”“ O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

The banquet table is ready and we are to come to the feast. Remember the parable where Jesus sends his servants out to the highways and byways to find guests for the feast because the invited guests found excuses not to attend.

Jesus is looking for virgins with no spot or blemish, who are ready and looking for Him. (Now we can only achieve this by the Blood of the Lamb, not in our own works or our own righteousness.)  We are to be prepared as the bride.

Matthew 25:2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

What is the difference between the wise and the foolish virgins?  PREPAREDNESS

Matthew 25:3-4 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

The oil is the Holy spirit.  When we are saved we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. In the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, we receive the power of the Holy Spirit. Many receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and then do nothing with it. They let their oil diminish. But Jesus is looking for those who will stir up the gifts and the Spirit within themselves and keep their oil fresh. We can be saved and not use our oil. We can serve God and not be filled with oil, but when we keep our oil levels high, and obey God, much can be done for the Kingdom. The work of the Holy Spirit and operating in the gifts of the Spirit advance the Kingdom. With oil in our lamps we light the world and Jesus wants us to be the light of the World. The gifts of the Spirit are not just for us, but to edify others, and to shine Jesus’ light into the World.

The lamp is our Christian walk. In the book of Revelation the Angel of the Church is called a Lampstand, to give light and direction to the Church.

The Light of Christ manifests in the Church to reflect Jesus Christ. We want to reflect what the Lord has called the Church to be, and reject what is not of the Lord.

In Revelation 2, Jesus tells the Church at Ephesus that they have lost their first love and were not doing what God has assigned them to do.

The Holy Spirit does signs and wonders. It flows in us and through us.  It helps us to do supernatural missionary work.

We are to be a spiritual lighthouse.  Our light is in earthen vessels.

2 Corinthians 4:7   But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.  

The Holy Spirit is the oil in our vessels. Our bodies and minds are the work of the Holy Spirit.

Believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit, and the enemy will recognize that. When we go into atmosphere of the world, our body should glow with the presence of the Lord. When we walk into a room that is dark, because of the presence of the Lord, the atmosphere should change.

Matthew 25:5  But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

The bridegroom was delayed.

2 Peter 3:11-13   Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

By what we do, we can hasten the coming of the Lord.

Notice that ALL slept – the wise and the foolish.

Matthew 25:6  “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’

Midnight is a dark time. He is not coming in the fullness of dawn. Things are going to be as bad as they get. The virgins are told to go out and meet the Lord.

ALL sleeping, the virgins, the Bride (Church).  Remember in the Garden when Jesus went to pray and the apostles slept. They could not watch one hour.

Jesus was weeping in the garden, knowing He had to go to the cross, but we didn’t wait with Him. Jesus set His face like flint to go to Jerusalem to die. He knew His purpose, to die the death to cover our sins. He knew He had to get to Jerusalem to do this, to go to the Cross. His grief was that His closest friends, who he lived with and ministered with, were all going to leave Him at this time of trial.

Jesus prophesied this.  Mark 14:27 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the  Shepherd,  and the sheep will be scattered.’ ”

Jesus watched his disciples disappear. He went to trial with no support. We want people to know that we know Jesus, not to deny Him.

Matthew 25:7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

To trim a lamp, you cut the wick so that the lamp burns the oil efficiently and produces the brightest light. If there is too much wick soot can cause the lamp to smoke. We want to cut away what prevents us from doing the Kingdom work the way God wants us to do it. We want our robes to be clean and white. To do this, we need to cut the excess, do a thorough self-exam, and only keep what lines up with God, His Word, and His plan for our lives.

Matthew 25:8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’

When we don’t work with the Holy Ghost, keep Him continually filling us, our lamps will go out.  Have we really kept refreshing ourselves in the Holy Ghost? If not we are being presumptuous about the Holy Ghost.

Pastor Don will continue this lesson in the next Bible study.

I hope this blesses you.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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