Who are the Wise and Foolish virgins in our day?
Yahushua has told us who they are.
In many ways, in many Scripture passages, Yahushua has given us many illustrations and direct statements that reveal who is Wise, and who is Foolish.
In this brief writing we will look at Scripture passages where Yahushua tells us, in clear and simple terms, who is Wise, and who is Foolish. We will then look at a passage in which Yahushua gives us a contrast between the Wise and the Foolish. Let’s look at the first example.
Here are the Wise:
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise<5429> (“having understanding”) man, which built his house upon a rock: (Matthew 7:24)
Here are the Foolish:
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish<3474>(“hidden, not obvious to the understanding”) man, which built his house upon the sand: (Matthew 7:26)
In the above pair of verses we see the simplest and clearest definitions of the Wise and the Foolish. We see that the wise is a “DO-er” of Yahushua’s words; the Foolish, on the other hand, hears Yahushua’s words, but is not a “DO-er” of His Words. Now let’s look at another passage giving us fresh insight, as well as contrast between the Wise and Foolish.
Here again are the Foolish:
Then he said unto them, O fools<453> (“without understanding”), and slow (“dull, sluggish”) of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: (Luke 24:25)
Here the foolish are said to be slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Let’s look closely at what is being said.
Notice the word “believe” used above does not refer to the Greek understanding of the word, which is only mental, and as thoughts within the mind. Instead, the word “believe” as used here, and throughout much of Scripture, refers to the Hebrew understanding of the word, which means “faithful to do,” as illustrated by Abraham and many others mentioned for their faith.
Thus we know that to “believe” all that the prophets have spoken, is to be a “DO-er” of all that the prophets have spoken.
So here we are told that the foolish are those who are slow to be “DO-ers” of all that the Prophets have spoken. Now let’s see the wise in contrast.
Here again are the Wise:
In the above passage, the wise can be seen as just the opposite of the foolish: where the foolish were slow to believe all the prophets have spoken, the wise were quick.
We might say that the foolish were slow to become “DO-ers” of all that the prophets have spoken; the wise were quick to become “DO-ers” of all that the prophets have spoken.
Notice in Matt 7:24 above, that Yahushua tells us the wise are those that are “DO-ers” of ‘His sayings’ — and then in Luke 24:25 He tells us the wise are those who are quick to be “DO-ers” of ‘all the Prophets have spoken.’
So, which one are we to be — “DO-ers” of Yahushua’s sayings — or “DO-ers” of all that the Prophets have spoken?
Which is it? Is Yahushua giving us a contradiction?
No — Yahushua is simply reminding us that ‘His Sayings’ are the words He gave to Moses, and to the Prophets! Have we forgotten so soon who He really is? Think about it!
Therefore For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not (are not a “DO-er” of) his writings, how shall ye believe (become a “DO-er” of) my words? (John 5:46-47)
The obvious answer to Yahushua’s question in John 5:47 is, that it is impossible for someone to be a “DO-er” of Yahushua’s Words, unless he is also a “DO-er” of Moses’ words — because Moses’ words are Yahushua’s words — Yahushua gave them to Moses!
Once again, we see that to be a “DO-er” of Yahushua’s sayings, is to be a “DO-er” of Torah, and a “DO-er” of all the words of the Prophets. But what does it mean to be a “DO-er” of all the words of the prophets? What are the words of the prophets?
All the Words of the Prophets
Let’s look at a sampling of the words of the Prophets, to see some examples of what the Prophets have spoken about the obedient, and the disobedient, among Yahuweh’s people. From these examples, we may then understand what those who are obedient — the Wise — will be found doing when the Bridegroom returns:
Can we notice the common theme in the above verses? As this small sampling of Scripture shows, all of Yahuweh’s Prophets continue to call His people back to obedience to His Law — the Torah.
The Great Divide
It is here at this point that the great divide between the Wise and the Foolish takes place. Most Believers today have imagined that the Prophets are speaking only to our Jewish brethren, or perhaps only to the Old Testament Saints. We have seen above, however, that Yahushua is speaking to the Wise.
In fact, all the New Testament writers continue to explain in great detail how Yahuweh’s people include all of His people, both ‘natural’ branches and ‘wild’ branches, grafted-in as one, to become included in Yahuweh’s people Israel!
Yahushua and the Prophets are simply calling all of Yahuweh’s people — calling them all back to being “DO-ers” of the Law (the “Torah”), which are none other than Yahushua’s sayings — “these sayings of mine” of Matt 7:24-25 — all the words Yahushua gave to Moses and the Prophets!
So we see that the Wise are those who become “DO-ers” of all the Words that Yahushua gave to Moses and the Prophets — all the words of Torah, confirmed to us by the Prophets. The Wise today are those Born-Again Believers who allow “Messiah-in-us” (Col 1:27) to keep the Law, by His Grace supplied from within, just as the apostle Paul did with great delight:
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (Romans 7:22)
The apostle Paul learned from all the words of the Prophets, and from the living example he saw in Yahushua.
Yahushua kept, and obeyed the Torah while living on the earth in his own body 2,000 years ago — and He simply wants to continue to keep, and obey the Torah, while living in your body today!
It is only when His Born-Again people keep His Torah, by His Grace, that His obedience (in us) becomes our wisdom (Deut 4:5-6). It is when we allow Him to keep His Torah in us, that He is made to be our wisdom (1Cor 1:30) through His works of obedience to Torah while living in us.
Notice that in Yahushua’s definition of the wise man in Matt 7:24, the word ‘wisdom’ appears as an action word, revealed in the action of building an undefiled house, a proper habitation in which Yahushua will live within us.
Sin, on the other hand, is defined as disobedience of Torah (1John 3:4), and is thus the opposite of wisdom. All disobedience of Torah is called iniquity, Strong’s number <458>, and is again seen as the realm of the Foolish in Matt 7:23 and Matt 13:41.
But how do we gain obedience, and wisdom?
The Beginning of Wisdom
How is wisdom gained? Anyone who desires wisdom need only cry out to Yahuweh, and ask Him for wisdom:
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)
When a man asks for wisdom, he is then enrolled in Yahuweh’s school of wisdom. That man is then expected to be diligent to study, and to learn the principles of wisdom, the first of which is the fear of Yahuweh:
Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. (Psalms 34:11)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (Psalms 111:10)
The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. (Proverbs 15:33)
The result of growth in wisdom can then be seen in ones works:
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. (James 3:13)
As a man grows in wisdom, he will become a “DO-er” of Yahushua’s Torah, by allowing Yahushua-in-him to produce the fruit of doing the works of keeping Torah, thus revealing the wisdom of being a “DO-er” of His word.
The apostle Paul, for example, as we saw above in Romans 7:22, delighted in Yahuweh’s Torah in the inward man. The outward life of obedience to Torah was then easily seen, as Paul continued to keep all of Yahushua’s Sabbaths and Festivals, including Passover and Pentecost. Paul’s example is likewise our example (Php 3:17).
We have seen that Yahushua and the Prophets have revealed in great detail who the wise and foolish virgins will be, simply by telling us who is wise, and who is foolish.
Which group holds our desire, and our affections — the Wise, or the Foolish?
A few will make great effort to be among the Wise.
A great majority of the Redeemed will remain neutral by default, and so by default these will be counted among the Foolish. They have rejected the Torah of Yahuweh, and so they will see the soon-coming fulfillment of the first passage of the Prophets mentioned above in Isaiah 5:24.
Those counted among the Wise will be those who become “DO-ers” of Yahushua’s sayings — “DO-ers” of the words of Moses — “DO-ers” of the example of the apostle Paul.
They will be “DO-ers” of of all that the Prophets have spoken.
These are the Wise and Foolish — according to Yahushua!