Most believers have heard or read the parable of the 10 virgins, five wise and five foolish Matthew 25:1-13 but the story does not center around them. It’s the oil that is the center of the whole story and its outcome.
Without the oil the foolish would seem as wise as the rest. Without the oil the wise could not have been distinguished from the foolish. So what was this oil made of that made it scarce and valuable? If it’s the Holy Ghost why isn’t every Pentecostal wise, and why are there foolish charismatics? Among the tongue talkers some are wise and some are foolish. So what is this oil made of?
The oil is a very precious and expensive mixture of several hard to acquire ingredients.
These ingredients are born out a life of suffering and self denial. Let Me list them so you will know how to be wise as you wait for My return. The eight oil ingredients are as follows:
- One full measure of humility, displayed by those who rate themselves as insignificant.
- One measure of brokenness, displayed by mourning for the condition of the lost.
- One measure of patience, displayed by mild, meek, faith in hard times.
- Two measures of hunger for righteousness, displayed by a holy living, talking and thinking.
- A measure and a half of mercy, displayed by a heart of forgiveness no matter what what the offense.
- Two measures of purity, displayed by a nonjudgmental attitude, believing the best about everyone until proven otherwise.
- Two and a half measures of peace, displayed by the peace that is brought to every trouble spot.
- Three measures of persecution for the kingdom’s sake, displayed by undeserved attacks from every direction, Matthew 5:3-10 AMP.
Lastly and most importantly, pour in five full measures of liquid unconditional love, until all the rest of the ingredients are completely saturated.
You now have kingdom oil that will cause you to burn clean and bright until I return.
“Do not judge the foolish to harshly for running out of this precious oil. Anyone who is preoccupied with this worlds affairs will run out of it. It takes a whole hearted person, with their affections set on things above, to keep the oil mixed and full, so their lamp keeps burning. The last ingredient is the most important and is always the first to disappear when one becomes preoccupied, but without it the oil will not burn,” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.
“Be careful to note this: You can have all seven ingredients right and the oil still be worthless because it will never burn. However, let Me show you an easier way: if you have the last ingredient right, all the other seven will suddenly be in the mixture by themselves,” Matthew 22:37-40.
That’s why I say, the greatest of these is love! 1 Corinthians 13:13 AMP.
“If I come today will you be out looking for oil? I want your lamp burning bright today and everyday, I don’t want to shut you out!” Matthew 25:10-12.
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming,” Matthew 25:1-13.
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.|