Parables Project – The Wise Virgins – A 21st Century Retelling

Jesus was fond of using parables to teach principles, to help others to understand and apply the Law of Love, and to illustrate what they need to grasp as believers. But this teaching and ministerial device is just as useful today as it was 2,000 years ago.

Following is a contemporary parable, submitted by a member of Youth Apostles. It is suitable for use or adaptation in ministry.

The Wise Virgins – A 21st Century Retelling

Matthew 25:1-13
Bible Version

Jesus told his disciples this parable:

“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’

While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.

Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

Matthew 25:1-13
Contemporary Update

Jesus told his disciples this parable:

“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten college students preparing for final exams.  Five of them were foolish and five were wise.  The foolish ones spent reading day partying, playing video games, and running around with their friends, while the wise ones studied.  At the end of the day all were tired and fell asleep.

At 9am their cell phone alarms squawked and they were all suddenly awake: it was time for the exam!  The wise ones awoke well rested and prepared and went to the exam with clear minds.  The foolish ones awoke in a fog.  When they realized they were not ready for the exam they begged the wise ones, “Let us cheat off of you.  We’re all friends – no one will find out.  Help us out!”  But the wise ones replied, “No, we cannot jeopardize our college educations by letting you cheat off of us.  Go and cram in the library and come back before the exam ends and try to pass by your own work.”

While they went off to cram the Professor came into the classroom and locked the door.  The wise students were in the room and prepared for the exam.

Later the other students returned from their desperate cram session in the Library and knocked on the door saying, “Open the door so we can take the exam!  Let us in!  It’s not fair!”  The Professor replied, “Who are you?  Why weren’t you prepared to take the exam?”

Therefore, be prepared!  Don’t waste your time with foolish activities.  Study, do your homework; you only have one chance to pass the final exam.

Submitted by Chip Snyder

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