10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”
11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
True to Our Calling
Jesus, it is a serious choice who we marry. Maybe some people ought not to marry who have. You and John the baptist remained unmarried. Paul advised the Corinthian church, in light of their present persecution, not to marry. To consider not marrying for the sake of the Kingdom of God shows the intensity and singularity of focus in the lives of the disciples who could accept being eunuchs for the Kingdom of God. It was not everyone’s calling though, and obviously it is not mine. Is it less to be married than to be single. I thought this for a long time, but the blueprint in Creation was for a man and woman to come together as one flesh. If that was part of the perfection of humanity, though, you would have got married. In this case I can see that each person is sent through life with a specific calling and the faithful are true to their calling.
Then there is the section about little children. How are we to be like little children? Perhaps we are to be trusting. We are to have a trusting faith that slips its hand into the hand of the Father and says lead me home.
In both cases we see the primacy of a faith available in you. Everything is measured by whether we live out a life true to our calling.
- What did the disciples exclaim?
- Why would they have thought that it was better not to marry?
- How does Jesus affirm that for some it is better not to marry?
- Why do some lose the innocence of a child-like faith?
- How do we regain a singular focus on our God and his calling?
Answer to #4:
The answer to your fifth question, I believe, lies in what Jesus said: “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.” We lose our focus on God when our hearts are hard. In such a state, our hearts are not sensitive to his call. Therefore, our hearts must be softened to regain our focus. How does that happen? I am not quite sure. Maybe, something supernatural + healing + renewing of the mind + repentance?
I think that these thoughts are on the right track
This is complex. From simply reading the words of this passage, I have absolutely no idea why the disciples said what they did. They wanted more than one sexual partner? That was my first thought. “Maybe I should research the cultural context” was the next.
May you see the glory of God, your father who gives good gifts.