Oil In Our Vessels

September 11, 2010 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Of all the parables the Savior taught, the parable of the ten virgins has always bothered me. I always thought that the five who wouldn’t share their oil were selfish. Recently, it occurred to me that perhaps they wanted to share, but their oil was something that couldn’t be shared.

In the culture of the Savior’s time, a wedding was a huge occasion. The guests waited for the bridegroom to come attend the wedding feast. Along his path were the guests. He was able to identify them, since they would have their lamps lit and waiting for him. Those that were prepared would meet and follow him into the wedding feast.

This parable starts with ten virgins who are anxiously awaiting the bridegroom to go to the wedding feast. They all have their lamps and they are waiting (Matthew 25:1). Five were wise and brought oil for their lamps(Matthew 25:4).The other five were foolish and did not bring oil with them(Matthew 25:3). When the bridegroom came, the five who were wise had oil in their lamps and they were lit and were able to enter the wedding (Matthew 25:7-10). Those who didn’t have oil were left rushing to get oil for their lamps. Since they weren’t ready when the bridegroom passed by, they weren’t allowed into the wedding feast(Matthew 25:8-9, 11-12).

As with all parables this one has symbolism and can directly relate to our lives. We are all the virgins. Some of us are wise and some are foolish. Those who happen to be wise have been preparing for the bridegroom, or the Savior, for years to come. We have been collecting oil in our vessels. Every time we do a good work or follow the Savior we add oil to our vessel.

Then there are those of us who are foolish. We are experts are procrastinating. We continual put off helping some one else, or repenting of our sins. When such acts as this occur we are not adding oil, we are, drop by drop, taking it away. There is not a lot of time left to add oil. Whether it be when the Savior comes again or when we meet Him, we do not know when. We are to be prepared.

The question is: Are we continually adding to our vessel so we won’t have to say “give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out”? (Matthew 25:8)

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