Keep awake therefore, for you do not know
neither the day nor the hour."
Matthew 25:1-13Throughout chapter 25 of Matthew, we will hear parables related to Christ's return. This Sunday we will hear the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids. What is the symbolism of each part of this parable?
The Bridegroom: Christ.
Ten Virgins: Professing Christians, but why ten? The number 10 is considered a complete and perfect number. In Jewish tradition, 10 was considered a complete congregation.
Lamp: The Bible or the symbol of our outward profession as Christians. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (Psalm 119:105).
Oil: Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Those who fell asleep: Complacency.
The cry at midnight: Alert to signify Jesus is on His way.
So, put together what does this parable teach us? We cannot borrow the Holy Spirit or purchase the Holy Spirit from another. Keeping the oil plentiful and our lamps burning is our daily calling. This always leads me to a childhood song:
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning
Give me oil in my lamp I pray
Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning
Keep me burning 'til the light of day
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal,
Costume Distribution and Dinner
Meet us in the Cathedral at 5:00 Wednesday, December, 20th to rehearse for the Christmas Pageant to be held at 4:00 on Christmas Eve. We will then go to Satterlee Hall to distribute costumes and enjoy fellowship and supper.