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The Royal Eunuchs
A prophecy of the LORD given to King Hezekiah of Judah (see Kings of Israel and Judah) by Isaiah the prophet:
"39:3 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee?
"Thy sons ... shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon"
"1:1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
The prophecy about "children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes" was also fulfilled, just as the LORD said, when they were delivered to "Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs."
"1:3 And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes; 1:4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
The prophet Daniel is listed among that group. It was "the prince of the eunuchs" that gave Daniel his new name, Belteshazzar.
"1:6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: 1:7 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego." (Daniel 1:6-7 KJV)
Was Daniel made a eunuch? There is no definitive Biblical statement, but many have debated, for centuries, that he was, considering the LORD's own prophecy that would surely be fulfilled ("the LORD God" was Jesus Christ - see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'), and the fact that Daniel was put under the charge of Ashpenaz the master of the king's eunuchs. If he was however, it certainly did not prevent Daniel from rising to be the Prime Minister of Babylon (see the Fact Finder question below), second only to the king himself, and one of the greatest of the LORD's prophets that the world has ever known.
Did the Messiah ever make mention of eunuchs? Yes, He did. Was He thinking also of Daniel when He said it? We can only speculate.
"19:12 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 made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it." (Matthew 19:12 KJV)
Fact Finder: How did Daniel rise to great power in Babylon?