Scripture: Matthew 25:1-46

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Jesus Tells The Parable Of The Ten Bridemaids

Matthew 25:1-13 (KJV) Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.  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.  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.  And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.  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.

Questions:

1. To what was the kingdom of heaven compared (Matthew 25:1)?

2. Who were the foolish virgins and who were the wise virgins (Matthew 25:3)?

3. What happened when the bridegroom was ready for the virgins to meet him (Matthew 25:6-8)?

4. Who was prepared to go in with the bridegroom to the marriage (Matthew 25:10)?

5. What did the foolish virgins find when they returned (Matthew 25:10-11)?

Answers:

1. The kingdom of heaven was compared to ten virgins who took their lamps and went forth the meet the bridegroom.

2. The foolish virgins were the five who took their lamps with them but no oil.  The wise virgins were the five who took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

3. The wise virgins arose and trimmed the lamps but the foolish needed oil but had none.

4. The wise virgins were able to go in but the foolish virgins had to go purchase oil.

5. The foolish virgins found the door closed so they couldn’t enter.

Jesus Tells The Parable Of The Loaned Money

Matthew 25:14-30 (KJV) 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.  16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.  17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.  18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.  19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.  20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.  21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.  23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.  26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.  28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.  29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.  30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Questions:

1. To whom is the kingdom of heaven compared (Matthew 25:14a)?

2. Who was called and why (Matthew 25:14b)?

3. When the man returned home what had his servants done with what was entrusted to them (Matthew 25:19-25)?

4. What did the man say to the first and second servants (Matthew 25:21- 23)?

5. What did the man say and do to the servant who had hidden the talent he had been given (Matthew 25:26-28)?

Answers:

1. The kingdom of heaven is compared to a man traveling into a far country.

2. The man called his servants and entrusted to their care his goods.

3. The servant entrusted with 5 talents earned 5 more.  The servant entrusted with 2 talents earned 2 more.  The servant entrusted with 1 talent hid it in the earth.

4. The man told the first and second servants “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” 

5. The man called the third servant a wicked and slothful servant because he didn’t attempt to make any money for the man.  So the man took his talent and gave it to the one who had earned the most of the three.

Jesus Tells About The Final Judgment

Matthew 25:31-46 (KJV) 31 When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory:  32 And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.  34 Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me.  37 Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink?  38 When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee?  39 Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee?  40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.  41 Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not. 44 Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto Thee?  45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me.  46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Questions:

1. Who will be gathered before the Son of man, Jesus (Matthew 25:32a)?

2. What will the Son of man, Jesus, do (Matthew 25:32b-33)?

3. What will Jesus say to those on His right (Matthew 25:34)?

4. What does Jesus say will be His reason for answering as He does to those on His right (Matthew 25:35-40)?

5. What will Jesus say to those on His left (Matthew 25:41-45)?

6. Who will go away into everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46a)?

7. Who will go into life eternal (Matthew 25:46b)?

Answers:

1. All nations shall be gathered before the Son of man, Jesus.

2. Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats.  He will put the sheep on the right and the goats on the left.

3. Jesus will say to the sheep on His right, “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

4. Jesus will say to those on His right, For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me.  Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink?  When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee?  Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee?”

5. Jesus will say to those on His left. “Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not.  Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto Thee?  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me.”

6. The goats, those on the left, shall go away into everlasting punishment.

7. The sheep, those on the right, who are the righteous, will go into life eternal.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 25:12-13 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.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the verses above.  Matthew 25:12-13 isn’t just about attendees who were going to a wedding being ready, these verses are about us being ready when Jesus returned for us.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Jesus told the three parables in Matthew 25 to clarify further what it means to be ready for His return and how to live until He comes.  Every person is responsible for his or her own spiritual condition.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

When Jesus returns to take His people to heaven, we must be ready.  Spiritual preparation cannot be bought or borrowed at the last minute.  Our relationship with God must be our own.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick and those in prison (Matthew 25:34-40).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN. 

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I do all the Lord has called us to do.” <>< Dona