Matthew

Parable of The Ten Virgins

Intro

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (Mt 25:1–13)


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Mind

  • What does this parable teach us about wisdom?


  • Why didn’t the bridegroom know the foolish virgins?

  • what do these things mean? What does it look like for us to be prepared and wise? What does it look like for us to waste our opportunity to live for God?


Motive

  • Why do we remain prepared as we wait for the Groom’s return?

10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (Mt 25:10–13)


Memory Verse

“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. (Lk 12:48)


Mission

Check out what Colossians 4 says about being faithful as we wait.

2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.

5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Col 4:2–6)


Worship


Prayer

Ask God to give you endurance in your waiting today. As you prepare the lamps that you have been entrusted with today, ask God to give you delight in the daily work of faithful worship.


Further Study

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

Intro

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Mt 12:33–37)

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Mind

  • What is Jesus frustrated about?

  • According to Jesus, how can we tell the true nature of what’s inside a person?


Motive

  • Look at the text again. Where do our words come from?

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Mt 12:33–37)

  • Where do the good things that we do come from? What do you think Jesus means when he says we bring forth good deeds from our treasure?


Memory Verse

“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mt 12:34).


Mission

36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Mt 12:33–37)


How about you? Will the words that you use prove that you are a child of God, or will they bring you judgement?

If judgement, turn from your sin. Confess and repent - God has paid the cost for you through his son, Jesus.


How can we live our lives bearing the good fruit that is within us? Let’s strive to speak the words of Jesus in the ways of Jesus and so prove to be his disciples.

Worship

Prayer

Ask God to purify your heart and help you to bear good fruit that shows his good work inside you.

Further Study

  • Ligon Duncan Sermon (Click on the photo)







The Sower And The Seeds

Intro

The Parable of the Sower

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear” (Matthew 13:1-9).


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Mind

  • According to the parable, what is needed to produce a healthy crop?



  • According to Jesus’ explanation in verses 18-23 below, what do the different soils represent?

“Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”


Motive

  • Look at Jesus’ explanation of the parable below and pick out the reasons why some grow strong and some do not. Pay attention to the motives and emotions.

“Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”


Memory Verse

23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty” (Matthew 13:23).

Mission

God is the one who creates the good soil for growth. If he has prepared your heart to trust him - to not be choked by the cares of the world or snatched away by a predator, then bear the fruit of obedience and trust. The seed is God’s word, and to bear fruit we must understand it. This week, make it your prayer that God would create good soil in your heart. Seek not only to have regular times of reading God’s word, but pause and pay attention to what it is saying.

Be like a poet. Poets aren’t simply people who can write well, they are people who feel well and put it into words. They pause to look at something until it burns in their mind and heart. Be like a poet this week who looks at God’s word until it comes alive. Wrestle with the hard things of God - seek and you will find.


Worship


Prayer

Ask God to create good soil in your heart. Ask him to take out any thorns (idols) so that you can be fruitful.

Further Study

  • John MacArthur Sermon