Just Announced: Philippians Sermon Series

Summary: Do you wish you could have been there to witness blind Bartimaeus crying out? Or would you have told him to shut up. Just like true believers are told today.

Bartimaeus, a blind beggar received a spiritual Word of Wisdom. He cried out with a loud and insistent voice. "Ben Dovid Yeshua, chaneini!" translated "Son of David, Yeshua pity me". Don't you wish you could have been there to see it?

Many of the people, who witnessed this verbally punished Bartimaeus, they told him to "shut up". Atheist, Agnostics, and the ACLU have likewise been telling true believers in Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ) to also just sit there and shut up. What would you have done if you had been there?

Bartimaeus would not be silent, he cried out even louder. Knowing his condition as a blind sinner he desired to be changed. His desire for new life was stronger than the verbal abuse by the normal people. A blind beggar knew holiness had just passed by him. Would you know when you are in the presence of holiness.

Yeshua also ignored the attitudes and behaviors of those calling for silence. Yeshua called for Bartimaeus to come to him. In the end his faith will be rewarded with a miracle of new life with new eye sight. We know from Luke's account of this event that Bartimaeus gave "Thanks" for his blessing, he became a follower of Yeshua and glorified God. What would you have done?

Attitudes and behaviors play an important role in our works in faith. Consider reading Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV).

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The primary lessons provided by Bartimaeus are to know the presence of God. Then make contact, when called be persistent, persevere, be specific about what healing you want, have faith, glorify God with thankfulness.

There was two experiences in my life, when I felt Yeshua was passing by. The first occurred when I felt like my position in life was as pitiful as a blind beggar. Kneeling at a prayer rail, my heart cried out for mercy. On the second I experienced seeing Yeshua coming towards me, but he was about to pass by. Like a blind beggar I cried out his name.

Yeshua HaMashiach invited another beggar into the Father's promise of new life. I wish you could have witnessed the change, but it was a intimate and personally private moment.

If you are at that point in life. Feeling unloved, missing the love known within a committed relationship. Know in your own life, Yeshua fulfilled God's promise that His anointed would heal the spiritually blind. Allow Yeshua to teach spiritual sight. Know in your life the greatest miracle. New life, new sight, glorify and praise God. Cry out and ask him for mercy. Follow Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ) and give glory and praise to God.

The story in the Gospel of Mark, about the miracle God gave through His Son for a pitiful blind beggar, follows the request of James and John. James and John had asked to been seen when Yeshua entered his glory; one on the right of Yeshua and one on the left.

While it is a good desire to be seen with Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ). Especially after during and after God's Judgment. Self serving glory is not how to glorify God. This is an example of spiritual blindness.

Blind Bartimaeus asked for the joy of just being able to see. His miracle came by asking the only right person. The person God sent to fulfill a promise given Isaiah 42:5-7 (ESV). Don't you wish you could have been a witness?

Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out,

who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:

6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations,

7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.

Yeshua's calling includes bringing both physical sight and spiritual sight into the areas of darkness. The ability to see moral truths revealed in teachings by using parables was how Yeshua brought light into darkness.

Blind Bartimaeus sat by the way leaving Jericho to travel to Jerusalem. He begged as his only way of earning a living. Obliviously it was not a great way to earn a living, asking healthy bodied people to show compassion. What drives a person to spend his day begging? What compassion would you have shared?

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