For years I’ve heard the parable of the ten virgins told with the majority of the time the women in the parable being depicted as five good and five evil. However, look at the story closely. Jesus tells of ten virgins. The only difference is that five are prepared and five foolish. All were invited to the meet the bridegroom and all go with the anticipation of going into the feast. Therefore, all ten could be seen as good people. So why are five considered foolish and not allowed to enter with the bridegroom?
Maybe we could interpret this parable in light of the parable of the sower and the seed. The foolish are those who hear the word and gladly receive it, but soon the worries of life and the lure of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. The foolish are those who use God’s grace as a crutch. “I’ll serve God on my terms, in my time and in my own way.” The first Commandment is clear; we shall have no other gods before the one true God. Anytime we place ourselves and our desires before God, we become our own god. Therefore, we are the foolish.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to place you above all else and may your word bear fruit for the kingdom. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Steven King, Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.