About Jesus Steve Sweetman
This Section - Chapter 25
verse 1 Jesus begins to share another parable and it is about the people
who will be living at the end of the age.
He beings by saying, “at that time”.
“At that time” refers to the time of the end as seen in the
parable concerns the
make the parable accurate with the reality of the parable, Jesus could not
say there is more than one groom since in reality He is the groom, and the
verses 2 and 3 Jesus says that five of these young women were wise while
the other five were foolish. They
all went out in the dark of the evening to meet the groom.
The darkness is significant. This represents the darkness of the
world around those living in the
of the darkness these virgins take their oil lamps with them.
This obviously is a wise thing to do, but the unwise thing that
five of them did was not take enough oil with them if for some reason the
groom did not meet them when they expected.
And this turned out to be the case.
Their expectations were wrong, as is often the case in Christian
circles over the years.
verse 5 we see that all ten virgins got drowsy while waiting and they fell
asleep. This typically is the
situation with humans in general. We
get tired and board of waiting and we fall asleep spiritually.
verse 6 we note that the call goes out to the virgins.
The groom is ready to meet them.
This is a clear reference to the return of Jesus and the trumpet
sound that will announce His return.
verses 7 through 10 we see all the virgins waking up, getting their lamps
ready to meet the groom in the dark. The
five foolish young women who did not bring enough oil asked the other five
to share their oil, but they refused.
They told the five foolish girls to go and by some oil, so they did
just that, but in the process they missed the bridegroom and they were
late for the banquet. They
were left outside.
verses 11 and 12 the five foolish women knocked on the door to the
banquet, asking to be let in. The
Bridegroom would not let these women in and told them that he never knew
parable is clearly a prediction of the church in the final days of this
age. Parts of the church will
be ready, while other parts will not be ready.
Those who lost the oil will not eat at the Marriage Feast of the
Lamb as seen in the book of Revelation.
my thinking that the “oil” represents the Holy Spirit as it often does
in the Bible.
The five foolish women did not have any oil at the end.
This tells me that part of the church, or you might say, part of
what once was church lost the
Holy Spirit. They forsook Him
along the way and fell asleep. Part
of what makes a person a true Christian is the fact that the Holy Spirit
lives in him. If for some
reason the Holy Spirit departs, then that person is no longer a true
Christian. This not only
applies to individual people but to the church as well.
section closes in verse 13 with Jesus saying that we need “to keep watch
because you don’t know the day or hour”.
Keeping watch means staying alert, and not forsaking the things of
the Spirit. Keep watch means
to keep an eye open for the signs of the times.
Some over the years have suggested such thinking and activity makes
one more heavenly minded and not being of any earthly good, but that’s
not so. Jesus specifically
tells us “to keep watch” for His return, and not give up while
14 begins with the word “again”, meaning that this parable of the
Kingdom is all about the end of the age.
15 begins the parable with a land owner going on a long journey.
He entrusts his servants with certain things.
in verse 15 we see that three servants got talents, or money for their
responsibility. One servant
got five talents, another two, and the last one.
The amount given to each servant depended on their ability to do
what was asked of them. This
is interesting. When thinking
of the meaning of this parable we should note that Jesus does not give us
all the same responsibility. And
the jobs He does give us “depends on our ability” to do the work,
suggesting that not everyone has the same God given abilities from birth.
verses 16 through 19 we see what these three servants did with the money
they were given. Both the servants who had five and two talents invested
their money and made a hundred fold return on their investment.
Yet the one with only one talent, who had the least ability simply
buried his money in the ground and did not receive any return on the money
given to him.
verses 19 through 23, after the master returns we see the servants with
the five and two talents come before the master.
The master was very happy. Both
men doubled the money they originally received.
He invited them into his presence to share in his happiness and
gave them even more responsibility.
verse 24 through 28 we see that man who had been given one talent come to
the master. He told the master
that he was afraid of him and didn’t want to lose his money so he hid it
in the ground. He returned the
one talent to the master and the master was not happy.
He called this servant “lazy and wicked”. It is interesting to
note that Jesus views laziness and wickedness in the same light.
The master took the one talent away from this servant and gave it
to the servant who had ten talents.
in verse 29 Jesus tells the moral of the parable.
He says that those who have, more will be given, but those who
don’t have, from them will be taken that which they have. On the surface
of things, this doesn’t sound very nice on the part of Jesus.
Why would he take away from the poor?
The fact of the matter is that this poor person was poor by choice.
He had a way out of his poverty by being given a talent, but he
chose to stay in his poverty by hiding his money.
Yes, he had the least ability to make more money, but he was given
a bit of money to make some kind of improvement on his situation but he
chose not to do this.
verse 30 the master in the parable tells other servants to throw this lazy
servant out into outer darkness. This
tells me that Jesus has offered salvation to everyone, but if some do not
choose to do anything with this
salvation, but only bury it and forget about it, they’ll be thrown into
is not about hoarding. It’s
about giving and investing for the sake of the
In verse 31 we see a
prophetic truth that is often repeated throughout the New Testament.
Jesus says that He will return to this earth in all of His heavenly
glory with His angels. Angels
will return with Jesus. We
don’t know if these angels will stay on the earth or just accompany
Jesus upon His return and then go back to heaven.
This verse specifically
says that Jesus will set up His heavenly throne.
It is a heavenly throne but this throne is not in heaven.
It’s on earth, and to be specific, it's in
In verse 32 we see the
first thing that Jesus will do from His throne and that will be to
separate all the people on the earth, as a shepherd separates sheep from
goats. On one side of Jesus will be true believers while on the other side
will be unbelievers.
Note the word
"nations" in this verse. The
Greek word translated as "nations" in the NIV can also be
translated as Gentiles. The
context should determine how you translate it.
Futurists believe that the nations spoken of here are the Gentile
nations, which does not include
I'm not totally sure of that at the moment.
I'm not totally sure of that at the moment.
In verse 33 Jesus
specifically says that the believers will be on His right side, while the
unbelievers will be on His left side.
In verse 34 Jesus looks
to the believers on His right side and invites them into the
Jesus says that His
Kingdom was in the mind of God at creation.
This tells me that preparation for the
Verses 35 and 36 tell us
why those on the right side of King Jesus were allowed into His Kingdom.
It was because when Jesus was hungry and thirsty these people fed
Him and gave Him drink. When
He was a stranger, they took Him in. When
Jesus was in need of clothes, they clothed Him.
When He was sick they looked after Him, and when He was in prison
they visited Him.
In verses 37 and 38 the
righteous people on Jesus’ right side asked when they did such things,
because in reality, they did none of these things to Jesus.
This might well be our response to these words as well.
In verse 40 Jesus calls
Himself King here, as He has been doing all along in this section.
This reinforces the truth that there is a new kingdom on earth that
has replaced all the old kingdoms of men, and Jesus is the King.
Jesus answers these
people’s question by saying that when they did these things “to the
least of these my brothers, that they actually were doing these things to
Him as well. We need to ask,
who are the brothers mentioned here?
Some say they are fellow Christians, something I used to believe.
I now don't see it that way.
If the word
"nations" in verse 31 applies to "Gentiles", and sense
Jesus was a Jew, it make sense that Jesus' brothers here are Jews, not
Gentile Christians. Therefore,
the product of these saved Gentiles faith was that they supported Israel. If this is so, this is a
direct reference to the Abrahamic Covenant that states that whoever
The question needs to be
asked at this point, “is the entrance into the
is simply stating a fact here and that is those who will be on His right
side have cared for Israelis, among many other things the people would
have done as well.
In verses 41 through 43
we see Jesus turning to those on His left side.
He tells them to leave and go into “eternal fire” that has been
prepared for the devil and his followers.
The reason why these people end up in the fire is because they did
not do the good works that the other people did.
The reason why they did not support the Jews is because they
weren’t Christians. They had
no faith or trust in Jesus. They
failed to understand the Abrahamic Covenant that also stated that he who
will be cursed. Thus this is the main reason why they end up in the Lake
We need to note something
Another thing we should
note about the Lake
In verse 44 we see those
on Jesus’ left ask when did they ever see Jesus hungry or thirsty, or in
need of clothes. We do see
these people calling Jesus Lord at this point.
Thus what Paul says in Phil. 2:10 and 11 is fulfilled.
Everyone will confess that Jesus is Lord at this point in history.
Everyone will acknowledge Jesus for who He is.
Jesus answers in verse 45
that these unbelievers failed to help Him, when they failed to help His
brothers in Christ, meaning His Jewish brothers.
Once again, they failed to help Israelis as the Abrahamic Covenant
commands us. They had no real
faith in Jesus.
This chapter ends with
verse 46 where Jesus states the fate of both the believer and the
unbeliever. Those who
believe will enter into life eternal.
They will live on the New Earth forever.
Those who do not believe will be living in the Lake
One very important thing we need to
learn about this portion of Scripture is the fact that Christians need to
understand the place of Israelis in the prophetic history of God.
Israelis have not been replaced by the church as has been taught
over the last two thousand years. Therefore,
as Jesus says here, we need to do the best we can in supporting Israelis,
even in their present apostasy.