Oil in My Lamp
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In the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus used imagery that was familiar to His disciples - the Eastern custom of a wedding. In that tradition, the groom would go forth from his house with some of the wedding party. Along the way they would pick up various participants, and finally they would arrive at the father of the bride's home. It is here where he would pick up his bride and then return to his home for a wedding feast. In Jesus' story, the bridegroom was delayed and all the bridesmaids slept. Then, at the deepest, darkest hour of the night, the cry was heard, "The bridegroom is coming! Go out to meet him!"
Five girls had the extra oil that was needed to light the way to the bridegroom's house. The five foolish girls begged those with oil to share theirs, but their request was denied. This may seem selfish, but it emphasized the point that we cannot be responsible for someone else's salvation - nor can someone be responsible for ours. Paul says in Philippians 2:12, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." We, individually, must be ready for the return of Christ. We must take responsibility for being ready.
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From Hope for a Helpless Planet by Chris Holland , pp. 59, 62.
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