25:1 Then 1
shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps,
and a went forth to meet the bridegroom.
(1) We must desire strength from God's hand
which may serve us as a torch while we walk through this darkness, to bring us
to our desired end: otherwise, if we become slothful and negligent because we
are weary of our pains and travail, we shall be kept from entering the doors.
(a) The pomp of weddings was usually preferred to
be done at night, and that by young unmarried women.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all b
slumbered and slept.
(b) Their eyes being heavy with sleep.
25:142 For [the kingdom of heaven is] as a
man travelling into a far country, [who] called his own servants, and delivered
unto them his goods.
(2) Christ witnesses that there will be a long
time between his departure to his Father and his coming again to us, but yet
notwithstanding that, he will at that day take an account not only of the
rebellious and obstinate, how they have made use of that which they received
from him, but also of his household servants, who have because of slothfulness
not employed those gifts which he bestowed upon them.
25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another
two, and to another one; to every man according to his several c
ability; and straightway took his journey.
(c) According to the wisdom and skill in dealing
which was given to them.
His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast
been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: d
enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
(d) Come and receive the fruit of my goodness:
now the Lord's joy is doubled; see (John
15:11): that my joy may remain in you, and your joy be fulfilled.
Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the e
exchangers, and [then] at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
(e) Bankers who have their shops or tables set up
abroad, where they lend money at interest. Usury or loaning money at interest
is strictly forbidden by the Bible, (Exodus
23:19,20). Even a rate as low as one per cent interest was disallowed, (Nehemiah
5:11). This servant had already told two lies. First he said the master
was an austere or harsh man. This is a lie for the Lord is merciful and
gracious. Next he called his master a thief because he reaped where he did not
sow. Finally the master said to him sarcastically why did you not add insult
to injury and loan the money out at interest so you could call your master a
"usurer" too! If the servant had done this, his master would have
been responsible for his servant's actions and guilty of usury.
25:313 When the Son of man shall come in his
glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of
(3) A graphic setting forth of the everlasting
judgment which is to come.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye f
blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation
of the world:
(f) Blessed and happy, upon whom my Father has
most abundantly bestowed his benefits.