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The Parable of the Ten Virgins

A Video Supplement for
Come, Follow Me Lesson 21:
“The Son of Man Shall Come”

 

 

Transcript

This video will consider the Parable of the Ten Virgins from Matthew 25:1-13:

1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Note first that this is the kingdom of God that is in this condition when the Lord comes, not the world. No one is particularly surprised if the world is in various sorts of commotion—for good or for ill, that’s expected—but here we have 5 out of 10 representative persons in the Church being unprepared for the coming of the Lord. How could such a thing happen, one might ask. 2 Nephi 28 describes one popular mechanism, beginning at verse 21:

2 Nephi 28:21 And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
22 And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.

So the children of the kingdom can be decoyed away by their own prosperity and innured by the easy life until, they go easily down to destruction because the easy life doesn’t always build the spiritual resilience that comes from having to rely on God more frequently. Doctrine and Covenants 45:56-57 gives us some hints about what differentiates the five wise virgins from their unwise companions.

56 And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins.
57 For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.”

Together these should serve as a warning to us that we need to gain our testimonies, that we need need to build our faith and lives of faithfulness in such a way that we truly take the Holy Spirit to be our guide. Finally, if we take the parable as being representative, we need to build our faith in such a way that we are prepared to weather opposition and greet the Lord at his coming even if others do not or even if others fall away. The JST, Mark 9:40-48 makes this point especially well:

40 Therefore, if thy hand offend thee, cut it off; or if thy brother offend thee and confess not and forsake not, he shall be cut off. It is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands, to go into hell.
41 For it is better for thee to enter into life without thy brother, than for thee and thy brother to be cast into hell; into the fire that never shall be quenched, where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
42 And again, if thy foot offend thee, cut it off; for he that is thy standard, by whom thou walkest, if he become a transgressor, he shall be cut off.
43 It is better for thee, to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell; into the fire that never shall be quenched.
44 Therefore, let every man stand or fall, by himself, and not for another; or not trusting another.
45 Seek unto my Father, and it shall be done in that very moment what ye shall ask, if ye ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive.
46 And if thine eye which seeth for thee, him that is appointed to watch over thee to show thee light, become a transgressor and offend thee, pluck him out.
47 It is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God, with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
48 For it is better that thyself should be saved, than to be cast into hell with thy brother, where their worm dieth not, and where the fire is not quenched.

Watch ye therefore, for ye know not the day or the hour.

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