Matthew 25 Reading Guide

Dig In:

Chapter Overview:

  • v1-13 - The parable of the ten virgins is a picture of Christ, the bridegroom, returning for His bride, which is the Church.

  • The people who make up the Church will either be ready for Him or not. Notice there's no middle ground.

  • Christ will have no patience for those who are not ready for Him upon His sudden and surprising return.

  • v14-30 - The story of the three servants becomes much easier to interpret once you understand that the bags of gold are a metaphor for the grace God has given to you. The older translations refer to this as 'talents,' which is a unit of measure, not abilities as we understand the word 'talent.'

  • God gives even more grace to those who respond to the grace they've been given.

  • Once again, notice how swift and terrible the reaction will be to those who've ignored the grace God has shown to them.

  • v31-46 - There are only two types of people: sheep or goats. Yet again, in God's eyes, there is no middle ground, and the judgment the goats receive is swift, terrible and eternal (v41).

Dig Deeper:

One of my favorite aspects of the parable of the sheep and goats is that the sheep haven't got a clue that they did all of those things for Jesus.

[37] “Then the righteous will answer him,

‘Lord, when did we see you

hungry and feed you,

or thirsty and give you something to drink?