Does the Parable of The Ten Virgins (the Five Wise Virgins and the Five Foolish Virgins) trouble you?
Is this parable just another example that God has it in for some people because they just aren’t quite doing it right? Does The Ten Virgins illustrate that some go to hell?!
Have you ever considered that Jesus did not speak to His hearers without a parable? (Mk 4:34)
When Jesus was asked why He constantly used parables He said, in order that “seeing they might not see and hearing they might not understand.” (Mk 4:10-13)
Jesus, that’s not fair!
So, why did He do that?
The mystery of the kingdom is so radical and (dare I say) perverse, that parables were Jesus’ way of exposing and deconstructing our preconceived ideas, our notions, our world views, and our religious traditions.
Jesus knew that any understanding His hearers thought they had about God’s kingdom would be a misunderstanding. Here’s a good example – messiah meant to them a king on a big horse coming to conquer, certainly not God on a cross.
Check out the video and see if there are some things you had never thought needed pondering that just might begin to deal with misunderstanding or confusion about this parable:
- Parables require openness. To understand their hidden truths that just don’t fit our religious mindsets means we must have un-made-up minds!
- Isn’t it fascinating that Jesus used small things (e.g. leaven, mustard seed, a lost coin, weeds); unfair things (like equal payment for unequal hours worked); fun things (banquets and parties instead of serious hard work); and even the unlikely (unjust judge, serpent, sinner) to try and change our minds about His Kingdom?
- Have you ever considered that some of the parables have been misnamed? Wrong title automatically set us up to come to a conclusion and a point that is not the conclusion nor the point!