Oil In The Vessel (STORIES Part 11) by Jerry Vines

Stories/Told #11

OIL IN THE VESSEL
Matthew 25:1-13
Jerry
Vines
7/14/96

The important thing is to be sure that you have oil in the vessel. There was never a storyteller
like the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is indeed the Master Storyteller. Jesus could take something that was
commonly understood, an everyday affair, and could use it as illustration of spiritual truth. This is the
reason we say that a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. So, when the Lord tells His
stories He is using illustrations that His audience would understand, to apply them to spiritual truth and
teach spiritual lessons.
The chapter begins in verse 1 with the word, then. "Then" points back to the previous chapter.
It is always important in the stories of Jesus to get the overall context of what Jesus is talking about.
When you read Matthew 24 you will find that Jesus gives a sermon here about His own return. Jesus
came the first time 2000 years ago. The Bible says He is going to come the second time one of these
days. In Matthew 24 Jesus is talking about the truth of His return.
In Matthew 25 he gives some illustrations to explain what His coming is going to be like. In
verse 13 He wraps up this whole story when He says, "Watch, therefore, for you know not neither the
day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh." He is saying that we need to be ready for the return
of the Lord.
The primary application of the story Jesus told here is to the nation of Israel. Jesus is the
bridegroom. The bride, out of sight, represents the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. The ten virgins
represent the nation of Israel. There is a secondary application to all of us which is the application I
want to give in this message tonight. I want to talk to you about the importance of being alert and
aware and ready for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I. The SLEEPY RECEPTION.
We are looking in these opening verses at the ten virgins. Jesus said that five of them were wise
and five of them were foolish. You have to keep in mind some of the background of a wedding in
Oriental times. In an Oriental wedding the bridegroom with his friends would go to the house of his
bride. There he would get her and take her back to his house for the wedding celebration. These ten
virgins have some anticipation of the coming of the bridegroom.
In verse 1 it says, "They went forth to meet the bridegroom." I think there is a general
understanding, especially in the Bible belt, of the truth that Jesus Christ is going to come again. Even in
some of our liturgical churches where they recite every service, every Sunday morning, the Apostles
Creed. Every time they recite the Apostles C ...


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