Late for the Wedding by Daniel Rodgers

Late for the Wedding
Dan Rodgers
Matthew 25:1-13

HUMOR: A healthy, well-to-do man in his fifties was moving into a new condominium. He had parked his Mercedes out front and was taking items from the car into his new home. He noticed an older lady who also lived there, watching him with unusual interest as he came in and out. After several hours of this, the man walked over to her and said, "I see you have been watching me all morning. Is there something wrong?"

Not at all, she explained, you just look very much like my fourth husband. "Really," he said, "how many times have you been married?" "Well," she replied, looking at his Rolex, "Only three."1

TEXT: Matthew 25:1-13 (vs. 2)

INTRODUCTION:

Chapter 25, of the book of Matthew, gives us a very interesting parable. This parable is a story of 10 virgins--5 wise virgins, and 5 foolish virgins. There has been endless debate as to who these virgins represent:

a. Some feel this parable is about the church--the Bride of Christ, as she goes out to meet her Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus. They say this passage is about the rapture--the catching away of the saints. You will note in our text that these are "10 virgins," not "one." The Church is one body, comprised of all believers. Jesus is not a polygamist. He doesn't have 10 virgins. He is the Bridegroom; the Church is the Bride of Christ. Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 11:2, "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin [singular] to Christ."

b. Others say this speaks of the nation of Israel--that the 10 virgins are representative of the Jewish people during the Tribulation period. I tend to agree that this passage is about Israel. I think the context reveals the answer. Chapter 24 is the Olivet Discourse of our Lord. Here He answers the disciple's questions concerning the end-times. Please note their questions in (24:3).

Next, notice the chronology of ...


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