Bridal Party

Matthew 25:1–13 (read online ⧉)

This is an odd parable. It makes some sense on the surface, but even then, not much. One of the surface tensions is that Jesus refers here to the Kingdom of God. Jesus often refers to the Kingdom having already come, but here it is in the . Some scholars struggle with the tension of now and not yet, however, that tension is quite common in the New Testament, and it shouldn’t be any surprise here.
Jesus immediately turns to a common tactic in such parables, dividing the subjects into wise and . This, of course, sets the stage for the unfolding of the parable. Sadly, antisemitic tendencies have often divided the as Jews and the wise as Christians. That wasn’t Jesus’ intent based on the . He’s usually a little more obvious, and the writers are usually quick to tell us when he’s talking about certain people when Jesus doesn’t say it. As we don’t have that, let’s agree to not read that into this.

This really is straight, right? Be ready, for the Day of the Lord will be coming, and you don’t know when! That’s the point, it seems, of the story. However, (you knew this was coming, didn’t you?), we seem to be misg someone.

We have the . It’s pretty safe, based on the , that this could be considered Jesus himself. We have the wise and virgins. Now, Jesus is not having multiple wives. That isn’t it at all. The allusion is to a bridal march, where the virgin (or young unmarried women) would escort the to the ’s home, where the ceremony would be done, and things would become official. If it happened at night, as in the parable, the ’s escorts (i.e., smaids) would the way. So, have you guessed who is misg?

The . We talk so much about the smaids (granted, they are the “stars” of the story) that we forget about the . Even as we talk about who was or wise and why we missed the ! So, who is the ? Well, if Jesus is the , then the is the .

1) If the is the , who are the wise and smaids (keeping in mind our agreement above)?

2) If Jesus is the Groom and the Church is the Bride, where is the marriage ceremony held?

3) If Jesus is the Groom and the Church is the Bride, who announces the approaching ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.