Failures of the Foolish
Text Matthew 25:1-13
Matt 25:13.. Watch therefore,
for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. KJV
The parable concerning the ten
virgins isn’t a new one to the church world. It has been preached upon many different times and many different ways.
I suppose that it is one of the most popular parables next to the parable concerning the prodigal son, as far a being preached.
This morning I simply want to deal with the failures of the five foolish virgins, for we know the wise made it. If
we see the failures then we can avoid the pitfall, and aid ourselves in right thinking and right planning as we live this
life for Christ.
We know that these particular individuals in this allegory are traveling together going to the same
place. It appears that they are doing the same things, traveling the same speed and finally end up in the same place waiting
for the blessed event.
Up to this point you can’t tell one bit of difference by looking at them or by analyzing
their conduct, or the way they dress or talk. They are all exactly the same in that context.
The Foolish and the wise
are exactly the same until they arrive at a particular point in time. It is only then, that we can tell the difference.
are conversing as they walk to meet the Bridegroom, but five of them had different attitudes and outlooks on the mission than
did the five wise. The depth of the difference in their methods of operation isn’t seen until the finality of the crisis
The Crisis Moment was the moment that should have been a great time of rejoicing, but because of the method
they used,and operating in the mentality they had, cost them everything that should have been theirs.
I. FAILURES IN
A. They Had To Sleep!
1. The closer it came to the time for the bridegroom to come the more sleepy
B. While they slept the darkness drained them of the very fuel they needed to keep their lights shining.
The call would come, all knew it would but the foolish refused to put forth any extra effort to make sure that no matter how
long they had to tarry, the would be alright and the light would be able to function even in the midnight hour!
FAILURES IN THEIR MINDSETS
A. To tired to travel
B. To foolish to ensure
C. To arrogant to care
D. To lost
to find their way
E. To ill-equipped to finish the journey
F. To cheap to make sure they had enough
G. To lazy to
put forth the effort to carry alittle extra just to be sure.
III. FAILURES IN THE COMPLETION OF THE JOURNEY
in a crisis situation and desperate to be able to go, but their unwillingness to do a little extra caught them in that moment
and now they will be left behind.
If a man or woman, boy or girl, will only due what they call just enough, they will
find themselves in a place of not having enough. FOR NONE CAN CALCULATE THE EXACT AMOUNT IT TAKES TO GET TO HEAVEN, JUST HOW
MUCH LOVE IS ENOUGH, HOW MUCH GIVING IS ENOUGH, HOW MUCH HOPE IS ENOUGH. You can’t calculate it.
A. They lost
it all gambling on what they thought was right, rather than making sure they had enough.
B. They thought they could
beg and get enough to finish, but it was required that they have their own oil.
C. They didn’t have time to make
it right and get their own oil.
1. Illustration: A farmer had caught a bird and put it in a cage. IT was the time of migration.
For about three weeks that bird was going crazy trying to migrate, but about the end of the third week, the bird stopped and
just settled down. The farmer let the bird go and it didn’t even try to fly away. There was a time when inside it was
being driven to go, but when it didn’t yield it lost the opportunity to save its life.
many today are letting some thing hold them back when God is tugging at their hearts so strongly?
That tugging won’t
always last, don’t take it for granted for it won’t always be there; pass it by and you might not feel it again
or pass it by and it may be like these five foolish virgins who woke up only to find they were left behind, as they had to
watch the others leave.
What if a backslider could see a Christian leave in the rapture but couldn’t join in
the blessed event? How much horror would that be?
It was to little to late; a person begging for help, when
there is no help to be given. They waited a day to long, an hour, a minute, yes, even one second to long and now there is
Five foolish who started this race and their lights were shining bright, but they allowed themselves
to be to confident in themselves.
• We have budgeted out enough to get the job done; we have it under control; we
will be fine, and with the power of choice being theirs, the journey was on.
But they made a major miscalculation,
the power of darkness alone would drain them more than they thought even while they were resting.
They awake only
to find that the darkness has required more of them than they expected. They have come this far just to be left behind. He
is a God of love he won’t leave me behind, yet the law was the law, and without the lamp burning you couldn’t
join in the marriage processional, and there would be no acceptions.
I cant believe he won’t make an acception
for me, I have come so far. One second to late, just not quite enough oil to complete the journey, now lost forever.