Translated from Spanish to English with Google translator.
In Matthew 25.1-13, Jesus uses a parable to explain who enter the Kingdom of Heaven. A parable is a fictional story with an educational purpose, designed on the basis of possible facts of everyday life and for that reason were stories that everyone could understand. Because they were stories of events that happened in real life, their interpretation must be textual.
In the case of this parable, the subject of marriage, in the East it was something very serious is touched. The same is arranged between families, usually with the consent of the two young men, although there were also marriage arrangements for interest. The "courtship" in Eastern societies did not exist.
Once the marriage was agreed, the husband retired to his land and began to prepare the house where his wife would take. His family helped when I had everything ready, including the party, then the husband started to look for his wife to "consummate" the marriage.
While the man was with the preparations, the wife could only hope. The coming of the young to be the wife was announced loudly by friends of the husband, so that all the people found out. Unmarried wife were friends of his entourage of Honor.
Jesus' parable starts from here: The husband comes to the neighborhood and the ten maidens friends wife took their oil lamps and went out to meet him.
Jesus explains: "2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil. 4 In contrast, the wise took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 And the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 A midnight there was a cry: "Here comes the groom! Come out to meet him! '7 Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. "9" have not replied,' because that will not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves. "10 And as they went to buy oil when the bridegroom arrived and the girls who were ready went in with him to the wedding. And the door closed. 11 And the others also came. "Mr! Mr! -suplicaban-. 'Open the door! "12" No, I do not know! "He replied.
13 "Therefore he added keep watch, because you know neither the day nor the hour.
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2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil. The "Foolish" lamps but took no fuel (oil), a lamp without oil, not simply useless, is like today carry a flashlight without batteries: No runs.
4 In contrast, the wise took oil in jars along with their lamps. The other five were considered this important detail and loaded their vessels.
5 And the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 A midnight there was a cry: "Here comes the groom! Come out to meet him "These verses are key: It shows that the group was well ahead of the news that was"! Day Wedding "(the signs of the times) and when the final moment came at midnight ( the time of the greatest darkness), all heard the warning.
7 Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. "9" have not replied,' because that will not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves. "Those who had taken into account the situation and had provided fuel prepared their lamps and lit instead Foolish realized later of their negligence, They did not have what it takes to light their own way nor the guests.
10 And while they went to buy oil when the bridegroom arrived and who were ready went in with him to the wedding. And the door closed. 11 And the others also came. "Mr! Mr! -suplicaban-. 'Open the door! "12" No, I do not know! "He replied.
13 "Therefore he added keep watch, because you know neither the day nor the hour. While the foolish went to get oil, all entered the house to celebrate the wedding and they were left out of the party.
The oil is what made the lamps give light, and therefore useful to ten maidens who carried them, whose mission was to light the way. Sensible fulfilled their mission, they were helpful and entered the wedding, while others were useless and did not enter.
The Word of God is that burning lamp that illuminates the foot of walking, so against a stone. The foolish virgins not only could not light their way, not that of others, without light they were unable to see in the dark of night: So blind is the one who does not know the Word of God, can not see or guide others to not stumble and fall, those who are well, although they are within the Church, will be outside the Kingdom.
Having been gathering for 30 or 40 years (have a lamp), it will not do any good without the oil, which is the practical knowledge of the Word of God. The Bridegroom is at the door, you still have time, do not stay outside.
Parable of the 10 virgins.
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