"And the Door was Shut"
Friday, January 08 2010 @ 05:00 AM CST
Contributed by: Jake
As we study the Bible we read of a phrase that is so very sad and terrible. It conveys with absolute finality the hopelessness, fear and sorrow of those involved... "and the door was shut".
In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in Matthew 25:1-13, we read about five foolish virgins who had not adequately prepared for the coming of the bridegroom and their lamps went out. As they left to purcahse more oil, the bridegroom arrived and everyone who was prepared went in with him to the marriage and the doors were shut. Later the five foolish virgins returned and begged entrance, but they were denied. What a sad, sad picture. Truly these women wanted to be with the wedding party, but due to their lack of preparation, they were shut out in the darkness. Here we see that the door was shut on the members of the wedding party who were not prepared for the bridegrooms coming. We as Christians need to reflect long and hard on this parable. Are our lamps trim and burning bright or is our oil running low? Are we preparing ourselves for the moment when our Lord returns or are we sleeping away our time! "Lift up the hands which hang down and the feeble knees" and work for "the night cometh, when no man can work"! (Hebrews 12:12 & John 9:4)
In Luke 13:24-28, we see this used again in a different setting. Here we see the master of the house has risen up and shut the door. Those who were locked outside began to knock and plead to the Lord to let them in and yet the Lord answers them, "I know you not whence ye are". At this the people cry out to him saying they had eaten with him and that he had taught them in their streets. However, the master of the house repeats himself and says "depart from me, all workers of iniquity". The door was shut on those who thought they were doing the Lord's will. They truly believed they were in fellowship with the master of the house, but they were not! Let everyone in a man-made denomination take heed! "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death"(Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25). While the parable of the foolish virgins seems to be aimed at Christians, this parable seems to apply more to those who think they are doing God's will. Many of the people in the various denominations truly "have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." (Romans 10:2-3)
Finally, in Genesis 7, we see this from the other side of the door. In verse 15 and 16 we read, "And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two by two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God commanded him: and the LORD shut him in." Here we see Noah and his family, the only righteous people on the earth going into the ark along with the animals and once inside the door was shut. The righteous are seperated from the evil by God; safe and secure by God's hand. What a reassuring feeling that must have been to Noah, knowing that God had saved them from the coming destruction. Conversely, we see what happens to those who despise the word of God and refuse to repent and obey him. We can only imagine what this scene may have looked like from outside the ark. As the torrential rains began to fall and the water began to rise, can you not see the people banging on the door of the ark begging and pleading to be let in? The door was shut. Those who had obeyed God were safe, while those who had not submitted themselves to God were destroyed. "How much sorer punishment suppose ye, shall he be though worthy, who hath trodden under foot the son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the spirit of Grace? For we know him that hath said, 'Vengence belongeth unto me, I will recompense', saith the Lord." "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Hebrews 10:29,30,31)
Where do you stand, my friend? Is the oil of your lamp running low? Do you think that you have fellowship with the Lord when, in reality, you do not? "Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves." (2 Corinthians 13:5) There will indeed be a judgment day. Which side of the door will you be on?
Judgment is surely coming, coming to you and me
We'll be judged that morning for all eternity
Some will go to heaven, others will be denied
Will you be in that number standing outside
Standing outside while loved ones enter the pearly gates
Knowing that there forever you will separate
To be away from loved ones, and by your God denied
Oh what an awful picture standing outside
Can you not see the picture of those who lost to sin
Standing outside the portals without a hope to win
Souls packed whith sorrow, without a friend to guide
Oh what an awful picture standing outside
Standing outside the portal, standing outside denied
Knowing that with the demons ever you shall abide
Never to share the beauty awaiting the sanctified
Oh what an awful picture standing outside.