Summary of passage: In the parable of the Ten Virgins, Jesus tells the story of 10 young virgin women who grabbed lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five were prepared by bringing extra oil and five weren’t. The five who didn’t bring extra oil went back to town to buy more and while they were gone, the bridegroom arrived. They went into the wedding banquet with him. The late-comers, the 5 who went back to town, were not allowed in because the door had already been barred shut.
Jesus tells his disciples another parable. A master decides to go on a journey so he calls his servants and gives each some property to them. One servant receives 5 talents, another 2, and another just 1. The man who had received the 5 talents went out and put his talents to work so that he gained 5 more. The one who received 2 talents went out and gained 2 more as well. But the man who had only received 1 talent went off and buried his under a tree.
The master returned and settled accounts with his servants. Because the one with 5 talents had doubled his, the master praised him and put him in charge of many more things. The same with the man who had doubled his 2 talents. The one who had received the 1 talent was chastised by the master. He had his talent stripped from him and given to the man with 10 talents now.
Everyone who has more will be given more. Those who do not have will have even what they have taken from them and be thrown into the darkness.
The Son of Man will separate all the nations gathered before him. Those on the right will inherit the kingdom of heaven and eternal life that has been prepared for them since the creation of the world because they took care of Jesus through taking care of others (his sheep). Those on his left will go to Hell and eternal punishment for they did nothing for him nor others.
13a) The meaning of the Greek word is “age-long”. There has been debate on whether this means at some point the “age” will come to an end and the damned will have another chance at redemption. But to believe this, then you must believe that the righteous “age” will also have an end. Hence, most scholars agree that heaven and hell are ever-lasting, forever, and without end and once in, you cannot leave.
b) Matthew 25:10: It will be a banquet/party
Matthew 25: 21, 23: You will share your master’s (Lord’s) happiness or joy.
Matthew 25:34: You will share in the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world–your inheritance and your blessing.
c) Matthew 25:12: Jesus will not know you in Hell.
Matthew 25:30: Hell is dark with weeping and gnashing of teeth and you will be worthless
Matthew 25:41: The cursed will be departed from God into eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
14a) Personal Question. My answer: [Note: I think the Sheep and Goats is NOT a parable. It’s a description of Jesus’ Second coming and the judgment that will happen at that time. Hence, it is not teaching us anything per se, especially in a clouded way. Hence, the question should either say two parables or just say in this chapter.]
They are all relating the importance of being prepared for Jesus’ second coming. Being prepared physically, spiritually, with works, and with talents for His kingdom. They are all emphasizing how it could be any time. The groom comes at an unexpected time. The master returns unannounced. Jesus divides when he returns which we don’t know. The importance of individuality here where it focuses on people themselves being prepared. In other words, don’t worry about what others are doing; worry about what you are doing.
b) Personal Question. My answer: I loved how the kingdom has been prepared for me since the creation of the world. To think I’m that special to God that He made a place just for me so long ago and He provided Jesus so I could be there. It’s overwhelming to think about and definitely praise-worthy. It is encouraging to know I have work to do. It is encouraging to know my talents are my own and I have a unique commission in this life to fulfill it. Furthermore, if I do even the littlest of things, even if insignificant to me, for others, it is doing it for Jesus. Powerful stuff!
Conclusions: I liked how all the verses we looked up was in this chapter and not elsewhere in the Bible. A nice break. I haven’t said this much this year but this is the first lesson I can remember all year that we’ve had a “review” day and studied the chapter as a whole on Day 5. A filler day, but an important one to reflect on lessons learned.
Only 3 more chapters to go in the Book of Matthew. Can you believe it?!