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The Parable of the 10 Virgins, part 1…

 The Parable of the 10 Virgins

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Mark 4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? KJV

Mark 4:13 Then He said to them: “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any of the parables? EBR

 The gospel accounts that contain this parable are Matthew 13, and Luke 8, and Mark 4; but Mark adds the above verse to his portion. Therefore we will need to observe the parable of the “soils” to be able to understand any of the parables. Let’s take take a look at how the Bible defines “parable,” to whom parables were taught, and when parables were first prepared:

 Parables are Things (Truths) Kept Hidden and were prophesied that the Lord would unveil them.

 Mt 13:34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable, 35 so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.”

 Parables used to Veil Truth

Jesus taught doctrine in parables. Mark 4:34 “But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.” The parables stimulated questions that he explained to those who had questions. Most were not interested in the meaning of the parables. By teaching in parables he was making sure that the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven would stay a mystery. Matthew 13:10-11 “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” Matthew 13:16 “But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.”

Proverbs 25:2“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”

The mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens are still being veiled. That mystery is the Word of God as found in the parable of the sower according to Luke 8:8-11, “And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 10. And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” The seed sown in Matthew 13, Mark 4; and Luke 8 is the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens and defined as the Word of God in Luke 8:11.

Obedience to the Word of God (Word of the Kingdom) bears Fruit

Luke 8:15 – “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it (obey it) and bring forth fruit with patience (endurance).

Parables Contain Mysteries Planned before the Foundation of the World

Mt 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

1Co 2:6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9 but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.

Eph 3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles– 2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; 3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 And by referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. 8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things; 10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

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