sermonette: Do You Have Enough Oil?
Another Look at the Parable of the Ten Virgins
David C. Grabbe
Given 24-Jul-10; Sermon #1003s; 18 minutes
David Grabbe, citing the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in Matthew 25, focuses on the symbolic significance of oil, usually assumed to be God's Holy Spirit. Oil symbolizes health, wealth, fruitfulness, abundance, vitality, and the good life. For people in the Middle East, oil had the value of gold. Oil played a major role in the transforming of Jacob from a scoundrel to a patriarch. Oil constitutes a symbol of spiritual preparation in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. We are admonished to enter into a covenantal relationship with God Almighty, spending our lives in fellowshipping with Him, attaining riches which can never accrue from worldly pursuits. We must invest time getting to know Him, putting ourselves in alignment with a spiritual life. We cannot wait until the Bridegroom returns before we actively build a relationship with God. Spiritual richness accrues because we are actively seeking Him, spending our time and life in this endeavor.
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