Family Bible Study:
‘“Here is what the kingdom of heaven will be like at that time. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. Five of them were foolish. Five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but didn’t take any olive oil with them. The wise ones took oil in jars along with their lamps. The groom did not come for a long time. So the bridesmaids all grew tired and fell asleep. “At midnight someone cried out, ‘Here’s the groom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the bridesmaids woke up and got their lamps ready. The foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil. Our lamps are going out.’ “ ‘No,’ they replied. ‘There may not be enough for all of us. Instead, go to those who sell oil. Buy some for yourselves.’ “So they went to buy the oil. But while they were on their way, the groom arrived. The bridesmaids who were ready went in with him to the wedding dinner. Then the door was shut. “Later, the other bridesmaids also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. I don’t know you.’ “So keep watch. You do not know the day or the hour that the groom will come. ‘ Matthew 25:1-13 https://my.bible.com/bible/110/MAT.25.1-13
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SAY: Did you know that weddings in Jesus’ day lasted a lot longer than today? They were like a giant party. Part of the celebration was the Groom going to finalize his bridal dowry (the money he would pay for her – it’s a funny way of doing it to us) for His new wife with her parents. He would go off and they would haggle (negotiate). While he did that, everyone else was supposed to wait and be ready, because at some point, there would be someone who would come and tell them the groom is coming. When this happened, they were supposed to be ready with their lamps lit and make a parade to where the wedding would be held. Sounds fun, doesn’t it!
In the story Jesus told today, there were two types of bridesmaids. Tell me what was different about the two groups?
Why didn’t the other bridesmaids give some of their oil? (PARENTS NOTE: They had only brought enough for themselves to get in – this can be hard for kids because we teach them to be kind and share. Explain to them that the foolish bridesmaids made a big mistake and if the others had helped them, it would have kept them from getting into the wedding too. Jesus’ whole point is that you can’t rely on someone else to get you in, it is about YOU being ready.)
Someday Jesus is going to return too – He’s like that groom, off preparing for us someday, what do you think we can do to keep “oil” in our lamps and stay ready for Him? (PARENTS NOTE: Help your kids think through things that help them build their relationship with Jesus. Prayer, share Jesus with others, study the bible, memorize bible verses, serve at church, etc. Jesus’ big point though, is that He will say to them, “I don’t know you,” what Jesus cares about more than anything is “knowing” you, having an intimate, loving, real relationship with you.)