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Summary: He believed that this could be his only chance to see again, and he was determined to meet the only one that can make him see again. He had to get Jesus’ attention, so he yelled as loud as he could, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Jericho

(38) Blind Bartimaeus Healed

Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43

46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.

Jericho which was also called the “City of Palms” was located just a few miles from the Jordan River. The Lord and His disciples had crossed the Jordan and come to Jericho. There He met blind Bartimaeus, a man with a desperate need. Blind men were unable to work, and usually made their living by begging, and Bartimaeus had staked out a good sight on the main road to Jericho.

47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

We are not told how the blind man came to know that Jesus was close by, we can only speculate. Perhaps, he heard strangers talking about a previous miracle where He had healed a man who had been born blind. He hoped to see Him someday, and his only hope was that Jesus would give him his sight as He had the man who was born blind. And then, he may have heard from passers-by that Jesus was near and headed his way. Bartimaeus somehow recognized Jesus as the Messiah, because he addressed Him as the Son of David. The belief that the Messiah would be a descendant of David was common among the Jews of that day. He believed that this could be his only chance to see again, and he was determined to meet the only one that can make him see again. He had to get Jesus’ attention, so he yelled as loud as he could, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

It was ironical that while the nation of Israel was blind to the presence of the Messiah, a blind Jew had true spiritual sight!

48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

Many in the crowd and perhaps even the disciples attempted to keep the blind man from constantly yelling, “Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” But, their attempts to silence his annoying cry only made him yell louder. The people were not interested in a beggar, but Jesus was.

49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

When Jesus heard the cry of the blind man He stopped in the middle of the Road and He stood still listening to the cries for mercy. Joshua once ordered the sun to stand still in the heavens, but here the Lord of the sun, and the moon, and the heavens, stands still at the bidding of a blind beggar.

His disciples may have been against Him stopping to help such a lowely person, but our Lord perceived the man’s need and his faith, and commanded them to bring the man to Him. They took the man by the hand, and as they took him to see Jesus they said, “Cheer up.”

50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

Several words in this verse suggest that Bartimaeus’ responded hurriedly to Jesus invitation. He threw off his cloak, jumped up and came to Jesus. This was the opportunity of a lifetime and he would not let it slip away.

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