The Intersection Blog offers regular musings from General Presbyter Jackie Taylor, with perspectives on faith, worship and the living as a Christian in the 21st century.
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.Matt. 25, 1-5
It’s all about context. Rev. Dr. Diane Moffitt, Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency shared this scripture on a visit to Colombia. For us, this is a story of being wise and foolish. To them however, this was a story of five selfish women. “Why didn’t the five share their oil with the others?” one woman exclaimed. “Then everyone would have what they need!”
Are we wise? Are we selfish? Are we sharing? Should we?