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Why are there ten virgins waiting to meet one bridegroom in Jesus’ parable?

“At that time 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 took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.” Matthew 25:1-3

            Jesus’ parable about the ten virgins preparing their lamps with oil is about being prepared for Jesus’ return and not having all you need when he arrives.  However, it seems odd that ten virgins are waiting for one bridegroom.  Is Jesus promoting polygamy?

            The virgins spoken about in the parable were actually bridesmaids, attending to the one bride.  Their role was to get the bride ready for the groom and unite the two when the groom arrived.  The groom was not marrying ten virgins, but one bride.  Since the bridesmaids were traditionally unmarried, then they were virgins.

            Spiritual leaders should get their people ready for Jesus’ arrival.  Get your lights ready and shine the way.