Miki, on Jan 8 2006, 07:43 AM, said:
If the lamp stays lit it must eventually run out of oil or the other 5 virgins wouldn't need to be asking the others for some.
There must have to be a new infilling of the cruet...?
So how do you get the new oil after you've used up what you've got?
You go the the oil merchant of course!
Well...he probably used that metaphor because there actually were oil merchants in those days...They sold oil everywhere in the markets.
But the kind of oil we have can't be bought...I'm reminded of the rebuke given to someone who wanted to buy:
"But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity," Acts 8:20-23.
Although it's not exactly the same, in the OT Elisha's servant Gehazi tried to get money for Namans healing after Elisha had refused but Gehazi was struck with leprosy.
Freely ye heave received, freely give. So why would he tell the other 5 to go buy if it wasn't sarcastic....?
Maybe the kind of oil THEY had runs out.....But ours never runs out. It's an eternal spring in us...
As we burn it it keeps coming and coming like the menorah that never ran out of oil...
I don't think l need a Dr. after all!
The oil = The Word of God which continually feeds us and keeps our jar full.
Being prepared is to continually seek God through that word.
Those that remain just justified do just that. They put their Sunday time in, but stop right there. They don't take what they heard and prove it out through seeking it on their own. They just listen to the Word.
To build up something requires an action on our part. They have the same oil, but it runs low because they never take the time to fill it up..remember you have to have your own anointing given from God. It won't matter how close you are to that anointed person, when it gets dark, if you don't have the word, (oil) in you, you will miss the wedding banquet. Those without the oil are empty by their own choice. This is where desire comes in. You have to allow the Lord to fill you with that desire to seek out more. Hope that helps.....