Probably everyone is aware that we are living in the latter days as described in the Scriptures. I was pondering the verse, “Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding” in Proverbs 23:23. It reminded me of the parable of the ten virgins awaiting the arrival of the Lord. Five of the virgins had the oil within their vessels symbolizing the believers that are filled with the Holy Spirit. The five foolish virgins had no oil and were advised to buy from them that sell; merchants.
There are three categories of people represented:
1. Wise believers with the gift of the Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit)
2. Un-wise believers without the gift of the Ruach ha Kodesh
3. Those who sell (merchants).
We know that the Holy Spirit is a free gift from Yah and cannot be purchased. I guess that still doesn’t stop people from trying to sell the gift. According to the parable the 5 wise virgins were ready and went with the Lord at His appearance. The foolish virgins were not ready and weren’t able to enter the marriage feast.
However, what can be ascertained about “those who sell?” I don’t really know. The Lord said that His servants that gave to His household food in due season were blessed Matthew 24:45,46. The Scripture didn’t say anything about His servants selling the spiritual food. However, it was clear that while the foolish virgins were seeking to buy and the merchants were willing to sell (something?), the Master came.
I want to be in the group that was definitely ready! This group had neither the need to try to purchase the free gift nor were they willing to risk their place in the kingdom by selling or giving the oil away.