“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten young bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and the other five were foolish. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but didn’t bring oil for them. 4 But the wise ones took their lamps and also brought containers of oil. 5 “When the groom was late in coming, they all became drowsy and went to sleep. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Look, the groom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 “Then all those bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 But the foolish bridesmaids said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps have gone out.’ 9 “But the wise bridesmaids replied, ‘No, because if we share with you, there won’t be enough for our lamps and yours. We have a better idea. You go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 But while they were gone to buy oil, the groom came. Those who were ready went with him into the wedding. Then the door was shut. 11 “Later the other bridesmaids came and said, ‘Lord, lord, open the door for us.’ 12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore, keep alert, because you don’t know the day or the hour. (Matthew 25:1-13, CEB)
This reminds me of the scout motto, Be Prepared. We never know what will happen so we need to be ready at all times for all things. Now it isn’t always possible to have everything we need. But what can we do to be ready for anything that might come?
The interesting parts of this text are that the wise one have oil, but now enough to share, and when the foolish ones get back, the doors are shut and the groom doesn’t know them, but wouldn’t the groom have known there were 10 bridesmaids and not just 5? Were the wise bridesmaids trying to get a bigger share by not sharing and then telling the groom there are no more bridesmaids? So many things about this text are just interesting and unknown.
What we can for sure say is, we do not know when the groom/Jesus is coming, so we need to be aware of our conditions and be prepared.