The Lamps of the Ten Bridesmaids
Jesus used short stories, known as parables, to teach spiritual truths and about the Kingdom of God.
This one is about the ten bridesmaids and their lamps.
In this parable five of the bridesmaids were wise, but five were foolish. The wise ones set aside sufficient extra oil to last until the belated bridegroom arrived, but the foolish ones did not. The bridegroom delayed his coming and the foolish bridesmaids ran out of oil and were unable to be part of the welcoming party.
Jesus was saying we need to prepare ourselves here on earth so that we will not miss out on the Heavenly Wedding Feast.
The Ten bridesmaids represents ourselves who need to get ready for the second coming of the heavenly Bridegroom. Oil is used in scripture to represent the Holy Spirit and we need to be filled with Him in abundance in our lives so that we will remain in tune with God.
Jesus taught numerous parables, sayings, and warnings spread over four to six days before His crucifixion. See Matthew 21:23-25:46.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
1 "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 "At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'
7 "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.'
9 "'No,' they replied, ';there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.'
10 "But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 "Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!'
12 "But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.'
13 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not
know the day or the hour.
read about the other parables Jesus taught at this time Mathew 24-25, Luke 19:11-27
These lamps, which were used for lighting, burnt a mixture of oils.
For special occasions perfumes could be added to the oil mixtrue.
The Eastern lamps looked much different from our western lamps that we have today.