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Summary: Bringing Mt 20:29-34 - Mk 10:46-52 - Lk 18:35-43 together on the healing of the blind men

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- Our cat snuggles has a love/hate relationship with touch

- Hates being forced to take hairball medicine

- Loves being brushed

- Americans are ‘losing touch’ with an important communication skill. with the words

- "Don’t touch me"

- Touch is the earliest sense to develop in the fetus, and the development of infants

- Touch can be thought a basic sense in that most life forms have a response to being touched, while only a subset have sight and hearing.

- Harvard Researchers, America’s "let them cry" attitude toward children may lead to more fears and tears among adults

- Dr. John Holt observed an incredible proportion of infant deaths, the will to live is related to touch

- When held and cuddled the death rate dropped

- Young people who grow up in homes where there is very little touching are often withdrawn in character and personality

- I’ll be in touch

- The handshake

- Holding hands

- Back Rub

- The hand on the shoulder gives encouragement

- The hug most often used as communicating love

- Words are fundamental to communication.

- There are times when words fail, when touch can communicate what the tongue cannot.

- Test - Is you arm on the back of your wife’s chair/pew? - Now let it fall off onto her shoulder

- One of the prime miracle Jesus performed was bringing sight to the blind - 4x in the Gospels

Mt 20:29-34 --- Mk 10:46-52 --- Lk 18:35-43

- Mk 10:46 - Bartimeus = Son of the Highly Prized

1. v. 30 Their Condition — Blind

- Lev. 21:16-24

- Blindness was one of the blemishes disqualifying descendants of Aaron from performing sacrifice to God

- Ignorance to Sp. things — Ephesians 4:18

- Unbelief — 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

2. v. 30 Sitting - Frustrated Dysfunctional, Disabled

3. v. 30 By the wayside - Baggers

4. v. 30 Mk 10:49-50 - Heard - Bartimeus casted away everything that hindered him

5. v. 30 Jesus passed by

- Last time in Jericho- If they missed this opportunity it would never come their way again

6. v. 30, Mk 10:48 - Cried Out --- Shouted

- They were earnest, meaning business

- Desperate people will be serious

- Holding to God we will succeed in prayer

7. v. 30 - O Lord -- Master

- Sensing of His deity, dominion, and power

- He has authority

8. v. 30 Have mercy on us — Pleading — Take Pity — Have Compassion — - Deal kindly

- Have mercy on us is a request.

- It is not owed to the men.

- They simply ask for God’s kind grace.

9. Son of David!

- Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophecy of the seed of David (2 Samuel 7:14-16)

- Professing Jesus to be the Messiah.

- Why was Jesus called a "Son of David"? - So WE can be called "Sons of God"

John 1:12 "As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God; to them that believe on his name"

10. v. 31 "Hold your peace" “rebuked.” The crowd’s view was that why would Jesus be bothered with someone as unimportant as a blind beggar.

11. v.32 - What will ye that I shall do unto you?

- Beggars have needs,

- Did not ask to be raised from shame or disgrace as nobodies

- They did not ask for silver or gold

- There was no end to their needs food, friends, clothing, home, everything that is needed to survive


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