Sunday: November 8, 2020
Matthew 25:1-2 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise”
Many people upon reading today’s text lean straight away to the ‘wise team of five’ because of their commendable foresight in taking extra oil on their journey. The foolish on the other hand are seen as those who took nothing else into account and so made no other contingency plans. However, in this discourse, I would draw on an important trait discernable from those described as ‘foolish’.
From the onset, they made an initial assumption that the bridegroom would be on time and for that, no extra oil would be required; that was their initial misjudgement. Consequently because of the delays, all ten fell asleep before the cry went out that the bridegroom was enroute. The five foolish ones then made efforts to remediate the initial flaw in their assessment and thus requested for oil from those who had spare. That was declined hence they went out to purchase some only to be locked out from the ceremony.
This may seem a sad conclusion, but one trait stands out when we look at the whole journey of ‘the foolish five’: “A DYNAMIC ASSESSMENT OF THE SITUATION”. They were constantly adapting and taking steps to correct their initial misjudgement. They may have been dubbed foolish, but they weren’t afraid to acknowledge their errors and make amends. Only that there was not enough time to completely rectify the situation and make it into the wedding.
So beloved, our lesson today is that we ought to keep learning from, and in every situation. We ought to develop dynamism in our risk assessments and be even more eager to acknowledge when we fall short. That way, we can begin efforts to remedy downward progression.