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November 7, 2017

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Question of the Day, Tuesday, November 7

The Question of the Day helps prepare you for next Sunday’s focus text in worship. These questions are posted here each day offering an opportunity for discussion. (Just click in the title of this post and you will be taken to the discussion window.) Try it out for a week and see how Jesus will use your time of pondering upon God’s word to deepen your faith.

Today’s question is: How do you feel about this “bridegroom” not arriving according to your schedule?

This week’s text for the twenty third Sunday after Pentecost: Matthew 25:1-13 (NRSV)

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

 

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  1. Karen Sylvester
    Nov 7 2017

    I’ve gone to a lot of weddings in my lifetime and I can’t imagine a bride and groom going on someone else’s schedule but their own. I wasn’t upset about it then, and I doubt I’d be upset about the bridegroom not showing at the appointed hour here either. BUT, if he was really late, I’d probably leave because I’d be tired and want to go home to bed..

    I have to say though, that if this bridegroom is Jesus then I’d just be happy that he showed up even if he was late. BUT, I know that Jesus is always with us so frankly I’m confused!

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