The Disciples Question Jesus

Matthew 19:10-12. “His disciples say unto Him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. But He said unto them, “All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb:  and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have mde themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.”



As the disciples pondered Jesus’ words concerning marriage and divorce, they came to the conclusion  that it must be better, safer, just to stay unmarried. In these verses, Jesus assured them that indeed marriage was not for all, that it was a gift that was not given to all, and that it would be wise for them to know whether or not God had called them to celibacy. 

A eunuch is a man who is either unable to enjoy sexual intimacy or who has chosen to abstain.  Some have been made eunuchs through castration, a horrible practice purely for the benefit of someone else. It was done, for instance, so that a man could guard a harem of women without there being any possibility that he would take advantage of his position.  These are men who, as Jesus said, were “made”  to be eunuchs. Some were born with no need or desire for sexual intimacy.  Some have chosen to live as celibates for the sake of the gospel. 

It is important to note here that nowhere in scripture does God require celibacy of anyone. He, after all, is the One Who created us sexual beings!  If a person chooses to remain single and celibate for the sake of the kingdom of heaven, God blesses that choice.  It is not required by God of anyone to do so. 




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