I’m going to continue into Matthew, chapter 25, and when we go into it, we can see Jesus is still speaking to His disciples, and He hasn’t stopped. I am reiterating because someone thought He was speaking to the scribes and Pharisees, but this is still continued from verse 3 of chapter 24 where the disciples asked Jesus to tell them what would be the sign of His coming and of the end of the world.
He’s giving comparisons to the kingdom of heaven, and they’re all so good! But I have to comment that this next one is a little contrary to a Scripture that says if our neighbor asks us for something and we have it, we should give it. How often has the devil tricked us into thinking we have to give and give and give because of Matthew 5:42? I know a woman trapped me with this one, and for two years she asked and I gave, until the Lord released me through prayer and the police! She got a little belligerent when I told her enough was enough. It’s Matthew 5:42 “42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”
In the following teaching of the women with the lamps and oil, Jesus teaches us to look out for ourselves! In short, Matthew 25, verses 1-7 Jesus likens the Kingdom of God to ten virgins (five foolish, and five wise) who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Notice there were not ten bridegrooms but only one, and the wise women brought oil for their lamps, and the foolish women did not.
“8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”
I’m seeing from this that it’s okay to take care of ourselves enough that we will be preserved and prepared for our Lord and His coming, and not give so much that we’re not preserved or prepared, because even though we do want to help others, we’re responsible for ourselves! There ain’t nobody that can get us into heaven ‘cept ourselves, and it’s a one-on-one relationship; no one can intervene. And I’m talking about our relationship with Christ Jesus. Yes, He’s our Mediator, but He won’t intercede for us if we don’t know Him. He’ll say “I know you not.”
He continues speaking to His disciples about talents. The talents He’s speaking of can easily be compared to the luxuries, blessings, money, land, possessions and even family we’ve been given in this lifetime, which are all treasures, if you will, by comparison. What are you doing with what (or who) God has given you? Are you making sure your children and grandchildren are learning of God’s infinite mercy, love and forgiveness, by teaching them to love and trust Him? Are you sharing what you have with those less fortunate?
“14 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.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.” Matthew 25:14-15
Well, it’s lengthy, so I’ll explain that the one who had only one talent hid his, and the other two invested theirs, so when the master returned from his long journey he settled up with them. To the two who had made good returns on their investments he gave great responsibilities for doing so well with what he’d given them, but the one who buried his talent, well, the master punished him by taking it away from him.
“30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25:30
So Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like these things He has used for comparison. We’ll be rewarded (judged) by what we’ve done with what we have.