Why the Wise Virgins had Lamp Oil
Jan 20, 2020
When I read the Parable of the Ten Virgins for the first time, I remember having so many questions. I puzzled over why five of the virgins were wise and five were foolish. And why did the wise ones have lamp oil in their lamps and the foolish did not?
On February 1, 2019, I heard the Holy Spirit say “YOUR WORD IS A LAMP TO MY FEET AND A LIGHT TO MY PATH.” I found this scripture in Psalm 119:105 spoken by the servant Nun to the Lord. So I wondered if the oil in the virgin’s lamps was the Word of God that they had read, understood and stored away in their hearts.
Then on 6/17/2019 I saw a vision of pinpoints of light in otherwise total darkness. I had a knowing that the Lord was showing me the wise virgins and their lamps. Then I had a sudden understanding in the spirit that the reason five of them were wise was because the wise ones TRUSTED IN THE LORD WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS. But the five who were foolish, LEANED ON THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING.
As soon as I received this understanding, I reread the parable to see if what I had just heard lined up with scripture. Please note verses 8 and 9.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go out to meet im.7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.10And 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. 11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.13Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man comes.
The foolish virgins inquired of the wise virgins (man) instead of the Lord in their time of need. The foolish virgins did not trust in the Lord enough to know that He would provide whatever they needed but instead leaned on their own understanding.
Another revelation I received along these same lines came when I read John 13:21-26:
When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. 23Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. 25He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? 26Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
What amazed me about this scripture was verse 23 “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.” I thought about how much trust and intimacy there would have to be for that disciple to actually lean on Jesus physically.
But the most fascinating thing about this verse was that Simon Peter did not ask Jesus directly what he wanted to know but asked the disciple who was closest to Jesus to ask Him. He was not leaning on or trusting Jesus enough to ask him directly but instead turned to the one closest to Him for answers. (He trusted in man). That verse showed me that the Lord wants us to lean on Him for everything. He wants us to trust Him with all our heart.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Jer 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.6For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
Jer 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
IS 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: 2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt [your] confusion.
Song of Soloman 8:5 Who [is] this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth [that] bare thee.Why_the_Wise_Virgins_had_Lamp_Oil