Dream word – GAIN
“Nor let the eunuch say, ‘Here I am, a dry tree.’ For thus says the Lord: ‘To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, and choose what pleases Me, and hold fast My covenant, even to them I will give in My house and within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.’” NKJV
Cutting the cost and the cost of cutting
In my second of three thoughts on sexuality, tonight I want to look at this passage in Isaiah 56. In this text, a eunuch is not a transsexual, neither did bearing the title of ‘Eunuch’ necessarily mean that you had been mutilated in that way. In other words, being a eunuch did not necessarily mean that your testicles had physically been taken away. The term and title of “eunuch” you see, could also be used figuratively. Here in Isaiah however, I believe it us used quite literally!
This act of mutilation (this radical cutting of permanent destruction) was sometimes done voluntarily. Yes, it was a voluntary practice even in the early history of the church, but more often than not, it was done purposefully and as an act of domination and forced servitude. Today, we would call this an act of abusive, forced domination and servitude. This text refers to those people upon which this violation has been inflicted. Nevertheless, such violent actions and the resultant large group of people who had been put under the knife at a very early age, who had on the whole been robbed of their dangly bits, now had become so common that God particularly addressed them here in this text from Isaiah.
In that cultural context where children were seen as a sign of blessing from the Lord (when mine were teenagers I would have contested that viewpoint most energetically) and where children were seen as being a cultural comfort and a sign of personal continuance, for the eunuchs then, not to be able to father children, having no children, was an opposite sign of God’s blessing, even a sign of cursing, seemingly saying that they were not to be able to share in the covenant blessing as it expressed itself in both cultural comfort and personal continuance.
These words to eunuchs in Isaiah 56 are from the mouth of the God of all comfort, who says to them in effect, “You please Me! And you do this by keeping my covenant and my Sabbaths and by consistently choosing to live to please Me. Thank you! I am sorry about ‘your bits’ your lack of ‘home’, your lack of personal comfort and personal continuance but don’t worry, you won’t lose out! No, even better than that, ‘Mi cassa essu cassa,’ and also, I shall give you an unforgettable and everlasting name. Yup, you might have had yer bits cut off, by I shall make sure, your name, the full embodiment of who you are and who you shall become in me, that is, all you ever hoped to be, yes that, will never be cut off! So in light of this, don’t lose hope, don’t give up honouring, obeying and pleasing Me, for in that, there is great reward, even if it not yet stood before you on two legs!”
Yes, our text for tonight is for those who have seemingly been robbed of the blessing of the covenant by the loss of the cultural comfort and personal continuance, which a pair of testicles might have brought them. What a word of encouragement for folk so abused. Hallelujah!
The general application of this promise here is very clear then for us all I believe. “Whatever your condition, whether you have been robbed by others, whether you have robbed yourself, whether sin, situation or circumstance has robbed you, if you now begin live to please Me,”says God, “To honour Me in the keeping of my laws, then I shall bless you, and bless you way beyondyour capacity. You will by no means lose out in following Me.”
Listen: “Then Peter said, ‘See, we have left all and followed You.’ So He said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.’” (Luke 18:28-30 NKJV.)
Pray: Lord, restore to me all that I have trashed, all that I have been robbed of, all that I have lost. Father, let Your redemption rule in my life, yes in all its fully redeemed and fantastic fullness. In Jesus name I ask it, amen.
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