12 Jesus then mentioned three kinds of people who are free from the duty to marry. First are those who are eunuchs from birth. A few people are born with some bodily defect that makes it impossible for them to have sexual intercourse. Second are those who have been made eunuchs by other men. In Jesus’ time, one cruel type of torture was to destroy or damage a man’s sexual organs. Third are those who have been called by God to remain single because of the kingdom of heaven. They have been called to give all their attention to serving Christ. The Apostle Paul was such a person (see 1 Corinthians 7:32-35).
Therefore, Jesus concludes: “The one who can accept this (teaching not to marry) should accept it.”
(Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17)
13-15 See Mark 10:13-16 and comment.
(Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30)
16-30 See Mark 10:17-31 and comment.