by Dr. Ed Young

#967 May 2, 1993 - 11:00 a.m.
(transcribed from tape)
Matthew 25:1-13
Our scripture today is taken from Matthew, chapter number 25. If you didn't bring
your Bible out in this rainy, rainy weather you'll find one in the pew rack in front of
you disguised as a hymnal. Hope you'll open it with me to Matthew, chapter number
25. I tell everybody when it rains like this to sleep in in the morning. But evidently
you didn't practice that today. So we're all here, those of us who came. So open
your Bible as we look at one of the great parables in all the scripture. In fact, as we
read along, just think how this could have been written any better. You can't tell this
story any better than the story of the Ten Virgins. It's succinct. It's dramatic. And
somehow it has stayed in the minds and the hearts of Christians down through the
ages as much as almost any of other parables of our Lord. Matthew 25, verse 1,
"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins which took their
lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise and
five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with
them. But the wise took oil with their vessels in their lamps. While the
bridegroom tarried they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a
service worship when Jo Beth and I plan to go. I hear it's a tremendous presentation.
Perhaps you saw the movie. Or perhaps some even had the privilege of seeing it on
Broadway. I guess it was 20 plus years ago, and I happened to be in New York one
afternoon and went by and simply went up and bought a ticket and walked in and saw
Fidler On The Roof with its original cast. I just fell uphill. And it was fabulous!
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. The part that stood out in my mind was when the lead
began asking questions why do we do this? Why do we do that? Why do we do
something else? And the answer kept coming back: trad ...

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