Matthew 25:2-4. “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 in their vessels with their lamps.”
We had a picnic once, some years ago. We had the hot dogs, the long forks for roasting the dogs over a fire, the newspaper to use as kindling. We even had the wood.The only thing we didn’t have, because each thought the other had packed it, was the box of matches. We were only partially prepared. Fortunately for us, there were kind people at the park who gave us some matches so we could light our fire.
One aspect of this parable is its comparison to the beginning of this Christian age, in which people stood separated from the world, and in great anticipation of the soon return of the Lord Jesus. If…
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