Matthew 25:1-4 NASB … Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps.
Prepare to meet the King
Prepare your lamps
Keep them trimmed and burning
Matthew 25:7 AMP … Then all those virgins got up and put their own lamps in order [trimmed the wicks and added oil and lit them].
From NetBible Mt 25:7
- trimmed lamps = to put in order, arrange, make ready, prepare
Luke 12:35 AMPC … Keep your loins girded and your lamps burning …
From NetBible Lk 12:35
KJV … Let your loins be girded about
*girded about with truth – ready to run
NIV … and keep your lamps burning
NASB … and keep your lamps lit.
KJV … and your lights burning.
*Clarke: Let the candle of the Lord be always found burning brightly in your hand.
Filled with fresh oil
The golden oil of His Holy Spirit empowered word
Stronger than a lion
Sweeter than honey –Jdg 14:18
Answer to Samson’s Riddle Judge 14:18:
“What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”
The Lord’s words are sweeter than honey!
- How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! -Ps 119:103
The Spirit of the LORD’s empowerment is stronger than any lion
- And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him(Samson), and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. -Jdg 14:6
=> His Holy Spirit empowered word
Then you will shine as lights in the world, holding fast, holding forth, the word of life.–Phil 2:14-16
Then you will be ready too meet and “see” the King!
Luke 11:34 AMP … The eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive, focused on God], your whole body also is full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. But when it is bad [spiritually blind], your body also is full of darkness [devoid of God’s word].