Just for Ladies – by Camille Stahl

Today’s Passage – Deuteronomy 12 – 14 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read –  2 Corinthians 9 – 13Proverbs 5Psalms 21 – 25

Scripture Memorization for March – 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 20

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Isaiah 40:31

Read a previous post from today’s reading – “Biblical Separation

Read the “0305 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read “The Best Advice I’ve Received as a Pastor” by Pastor Cary Schmidt

A Study of Women Of The Bible

The Parable Of The Ten Virgins

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 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. 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. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 25:1-13)

Although this is a parable, a fictional, there is much to learn from this passage.

Oil in the Bible represents the Holy Spirit. In order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, the Holy Spirit of God must live within you. The vessel is your heart. The Holy Spirit enters when we accept what Jesus did for us on the cross.

In the parable, we see there where those who were wise, they had oil, the others were foolish. They had what they needed for the present time, just to make a show, with no real intent to be ready for the bridegroom. They had a lamp in their hands for show, but nothing within for the long haul like the seed that fell on stony ground. They did not prepare or think of the time to come after-wards as the ant does, nor lay up for the time to come.

Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”  (1Titus 6:19)

The wise virgins took oil in their vessels. They were prepared to meet the bridegroom even if He was delayed. No one knew when He was coming; they just knew He was coming. They were ready.  They thought of their future.

Now lets take a closer look at this parable.

Both groups appear as followers of Christ. They both carried their lamps and they both saw the groom as ‘Lord’.  Both groups were invited to the wedding.

The wise and the foolish virgins slept. All awoke when the bridegroom arrived. Note: It’s not about working, because salvation is not a result of works but of being ready.

We know that it’s talking about salvation because the parable starts out by saying “Then shall the kingdom of heaven…” .

It may come as a surprise that the five wise virgins did not share their oil. We know that they could not share their oil because they would have run out. We can’t lose our salvation but on the other hand, others can only be saved by their own salvation. So when the foolish went to go and find it, the door was shut and it was too late.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27)

Later in Matthew 25:11 we see the foolish virgins say, “Lord, Lord open to us

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”    (Matthew 7:21-23)

Jesus is warning us that there will be people who look like Christians, who act like Christians, and talk like Christians, who are not Christians. We are never to assume that anyone is saved no matter how good they appear. But time is getting short. People are dying and going to hell. Their door is shut. We cannot give them our oil, but we must show them how to get their own. What they do with it is up to them as it was for the foolish virgins, but we are commanded to tell them. Those who don’t take the oil are refusing the warnings of God’s Word of salvation through Jesus Christ. They don’t think they need it. They believe they have plenty of time to get oil. It was this way in Noah’s day. The people had a false sense of security but they were warned, the door was shut and it was too late. Can you hear them scream, “Open the door! Why didn’t you tell me? NO PLEASE, OPEN THE DOOR!! DON’T LEAVE ME HERE!!”

There is still plenty of room at the table in family of God. Won’t you invite someone to come and dine with you? Someone invited you!

Thank You

1 John 5: 13


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  • Dawn Brodton says:

    This was Good! Thank the Lord for giving this devotion to you!

  • Geoffrey Browning says:

    I prefer to view the 5 virgins with the oil are those who have the holy spirit BECAUSE they obey the commandments and law. We obey the law and will of Yahweh as faith, not as under the law, because incidental thought of sin is just as guilty, but we know that we have the spirit because it is impossible to willfully sin, just as Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego refused to bow to the statue even though it meant their death.

    The five without the oil, profess to know God/Yahweh but in actions they deny him. They believe Yahshua/Jesus died for them, but they do not follow the commandments, like seventh day sabbath instead they disobey and observe the first day. Or they refuse to give up jobs that make them work after dark Friday and on Saturday, if they were with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego they would be looking up at them, pssss pssss get down and bow are you crazy, God is going to forgive you later, I plan to pray and ask for forgiveness just as soon as I stand up.

    I noticed in the end you said people are dying and going to hell. I was wondering if you meant to fiery hell or to the biblical grave. Hell and hades is defined as the grave in the bible, not a fiery furnace. The dead do NOT go to heaven or a fiery pit.

    I get frustrated every time a preacher or TV program say “he/she is with the Lord and pat them on the back. Maybe a person on TV or someone you know thinks their dad/mother is with Jesus/Yahshua.

    This is pagan oriented theology; dying and going to heaven like the egyptians or sun god worshipers. The Bible teaches those who follow him the dead go to the grave and sleep and wait for the resurrection. If you die and go to heaven and receive you new body, WHY would you need resurrecting! THINK ABOUT IT!!!

    WHERE DO THE DEAD GO?

    From the Old Testament to the New Testament, Yahweh’s BIBLE tells us over and over that when we die, we go to the grave and SLEEP, and await the resurrection.
    The death of Lazarus is clear, we go to sleep.

    Lazarus Sleeps
    John 11:11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “OUR FRIEND LAZARUS SLEEPS, but I go that I may wake him up.” (sleeps, NOT in heaven)
    12. Then His disciples said, “messiah, if he sleeps he will get well.” 13. However, Yahshua spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
    14. Then Yahshua said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.
    21. Now Martha said to Yahshua, “messiah, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22. But even now I know that whatever You ask of Yahweh, Yahweh will give You.”
    23. Yahshua said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
    24. Martha said to Him, “I KNOW THAT HE WILL RISE AGAIN IN THE RESURRECTION AT THE LAST DAY.”

    Deuteronomy 31:14 And Yahweh said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die:…16 And Yahweh said unto Moses, Behold, THOU SHALT SLEEP with thy fathers;

    2 Samuel 7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and THOU SHALT SLEEP WITH THY FATHERS, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

    Job 7:21 And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for NOW SHALL I SLEEP IN THE DUST; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.

    Job 14:10. But man dies, and waste away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and WHERE IS HE?
    11. As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and dries up:
    12. so man lies down, AND RISES NOT: TILL THE HEAVENS BE NO MORE, THEY SHALL NOT AWAKE, NOR BE RAISED OUT OF THEIR SLEEP.
    13. O that THOU WOULD HIDE ME IN THE GRAVE, that thou would keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, THAT THOU WOULD APPOINT ME A SET TIME (resurrection day), and remember me!
    14. If a man die, shall he live again? ALL THE DAYS OF MY APPOINTED TIME WILL I WAIT, TILL MY CHANGE COME.
    Psalms 4:8 I WILL BOTH LAY ME DOWN IN PEACE, AND SLEEP: for thou, Yahweh, only make me dwell in safety.

    Psalm 6:4-5 4. Return, Yahweh, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. 5. FOR IN DEATH THERE IS NO REMEMBRANCE OF THEE: IN THE GRAVE WHO SHALL GIVE THEE THANKS?

    Psalms 13:3 Consider and hear me, O Yahweh my Elohim: lighten mine eyes, LEST I SLEEP THE SLEEP OF DEATH;

    Psalm 115:17 The dead do not praise Yahweh, nor do any who go down into silence.
    (There in the grave NOT in heaven praising Yahweh.)

    Psalm 146:4 WHEN HIS BREATH DEPARTS, HE RETURNS TO THE EARTH; on that very day his plans perish.

    Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they will die, BUT THE DEAD KNOW NOTHING, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.

    Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, 10 5. For the living know that they shall die: BUT THE DEAD KNOW NOT ANY THING, NEITHER HAVE THEY ANY MORE A REWARD; FOR THE MEMORY OF THEM IS FORGOTTEN.
    6. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more apportion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
    10. What so ever thy hand finds to do, do it with thy might; FOR THERE IS NO WORK, NOR DEVICE, NOR KNOWLEDGE, NOR WISDOM, IN THE GRAVE, WHITHER THOU GOES.

    Isaiah 29:10 For Yahweh hath poured out upon you THE SPIRIT OF DEEP SLEEP, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.

    Jeremiah 51:39 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice, AND SLEEP A PERPETUAL SLEEP, AND NOT WAKE, saith Yahweh.

    Jeremiah 51:57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: AND THEY SHALL SLEEP A PERPETUAL SLEEP, AND NOT WAKE, saith the King, whose name is Yahweh the king of hosts.

    Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
    2. AND MANY OF THEM THAT SLEEP IN THE DUST OF THE EARTH SHALL AWAKE, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

    John 5:28 Do not marvel at this; FOR THE HOUR IS COMING IN WHICH ALL WHO ARE IN THE GRAVES WILL HEAR HIS VOICE. 29. and come forth—those WHO HAVE DONE GOOD, TO THE RESURRECTION OF LIFE, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
    (All who are in the GRAVE, NOT in heaven.)

    John 3:13 AND NO MAN HATH ASCENDED UP TO HEAVEN, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
    Self explanatory!

    Acts 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens…

    1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP, but we shall all be changed,
    52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
    Telling us in verse 51, the dead are sleeping in the last day, (NOT in heaven) and all who are dead and alive will be changed incorruptible.

    1 Timothy 6:15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, WHO ALONE HAS IMMORTALITY, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

    1 Timothy 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our messiah, Yahshua,
    10. Who died for us, that, whether we wake OR SLEEP, we should (future tense) live together with him.

    Revelation 20: 4-5, 7-9
    4. And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. THEN I SAW THE SOULS of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had NOT WORSHIPED THE BEAST OR HIS IMAGE, and had NOT RECEIVED HIS MARK ON THEIR FOREHEADS OR ON THEIR HANDS. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
    5. But the REST OF THE DEAD LIVED NOT AGAIN UNTIL THE THOUSAND YEARS WERE FINISHED. THIS IS THE FIRST RESURRECTION.
    7. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
    8. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
    9. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
    Rev 20 verse 4, I saw the souls who were dead and now are going to reign with Yahshua for a 1000 years, they weren’t there before the first resurrection.

    ONE LITTLE MISPLACED TWISTED COMMA.
    WRONG
    Luke 23:43 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you(,) today you will be with me in Paradise.”
    Wrong comma placement, the original manuscripts had no commas of other punctuation in them! They had to place the comma’s, and unfortunately misplaced this comma, which does NOT change the written word, but does create confusion, for we have to put this in context with the rest of the Bible, the BIBLE is the final word! Yahshua told us specifically in Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
    Yahshua would be in the heart of the earth or grave for 3 days and nights not in paradise. This was backed up in:
    Ephesians 4:8-10.
    8. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
    9. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
    10. He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
    Ephesians 4, backs up that Yahshua went to the grave, to taste death as we do in order that he might fulfill the taking away of eternal death, for those that follow him.

    Also look at what Yahshua told Mary AFTER his resurrection, on the first day of the week in:
    John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I HAVE NOT YET ASCENDED TO MY FATHER; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”
    Yahshua did not go to paradise or heaven, because he clearly tells Mary he hasn’t ascended yet to his father. If you use the wrong comma placement for the false belief of going to heaven immediately after death, You THEN call Yahshua a liar, and we all know Yahshua is no liar, what say you now, keep the comma or NOT, I say NOT, it is wrongly placed, the verse should read like this:
    Luke 23:43 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “truly, i say to you today(,) you WILL be with me in Paradise.” (CORRECT COMMA)

    BIBLE PASSAGES USED INCORRECTLY LIFE AFTER DEATH.
    Hebrews 2:14 Inasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; THAT THROUGH DEATH HE MIGHT DESTROY HIM that had the power of death, THAT IS, THE DEVIL;
    15. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
    Since Adam and Eve, the devils wins with everlasting death, so Yahshua through death pays for ours sins to avoid death. For the wages of sin is DEATH. There is nothing here saying when you die, you immediately go to heaven, plus in order to go to heaven you have to be judged already and judgment day has not happened.

    Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
    22. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
    23. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
    24. Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
    25. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
    26. That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
    27. Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: THAT WHETHER I COME AND SEE YOU, OR ELSE BE ABSENT, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
    28. And in nothing TERRIFIED BY YOUR ADVERSARIES: WHICH IS TO THEM AN EVIDENT TOKEN OF PERDITION, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
    Philippians is telling us when we live in Yahshua, when we die we have no more worries, no more need to labor, we await his second coming, his resurrection, When you live against Yahshua or are a adversary, it is better to live now since you will die eternally.

    Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
    10. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
    11. And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, THAT THEY SHOULD REST YET FOR A LITTLE SEASON, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
    Some say Revelation 6:9-11 show that people are now in heaven asking how long till all is fulfilled, but this passage is merely a parable and not literal. The souls are UNDER the altar or dead is Yahshua and are crying out how much longer are we to wait for our reward of eternal life. In verse 11, says symbolically that they will have to rest in their graves for a little more time, to be patient, till all be fulfilled. The white robes represent the holy spirit living in them in death, they are not literally in heaven, being consistent with the rest of the bible, because the bible can NOT contradict itself.

    Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living Yahweh, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
    This verse is used also to show you go to heaven when you die, but earlier in verse 19, the passage is talking about the last days at the last trumpet and second coming, and is misused for life after death. 19. And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard in treated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:

    2 Corinthians 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
    6. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
    7. (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
    8. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
    9. Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
    10. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
    As a student of the bible and knowing Yahweh & Yahshua do NOT contradict themselves in his HOLY word the Bible. When verse 8 says merely, I would rather be absent from the body and to be present with Yahshua & Yahweh, it literally means that, I would RATHER be present right now in heaven. But churches and people will misquote this and say “remember absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” and TOTALLY misquote the word and leave out the ID RATHER.

    There is not one passage or verse in the Bible that states when you die you go to heaven immediately.

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