Summary: God has a plan and purpose for each person. What are you expecting from God? Expect nothing? Get nothing!
WHAT DO YOU WANT? What are you expecting?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
A. The Jewish Talmud suggests:
1. Moses gave 613 laws and commandments to God’s people.
2. David reduced them to 10 major commandments.
3. Isaiah reduced them to two.
4. Habakkuh reduced them to one: THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.
B. Let us pretend? Pretend with me we just found a fancy bottle and we rubbed it. Then a genie came out and said: I will give you three wishes?
WHAT WOULD YOU ASK?
C. You will never find a bottle like that, but I have a serious question: WHAT WOULD YOU ASK OF GOD TODAY?
Would you ask boldly? Would you seek things that will rust and fade?
D. JESUS ASKED A MAN: WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO FOR YOU?
I. JESUS ASKS A SERIOUS QUESTION --- WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO
A. Sometimes a question can be a great learning tool.
Socrates and Aristotle were great teachers of their day, and they asked many questions of their students?
B. There is a great study: the great questions of the Bible?
The first great question of the Bible was asked by Cain: AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?
C. JESUS WAS A GOOD TEACHER AND HE OFTEN ASKED QUESTIONS LIKE: WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?
D. JESUS HAS A POINTED QUESTION TO ASK A BLIND MAN ON THE ROAD TO JERICHO.
II. THE BLIND MAN HAD TO OVERCOME A MEAN AND CRUEL AND NEGATIVE RELIGIOUS CROWD! THIS MAY BE MY OPPORTUNITY!
A. Jesus and his crew were traveling to Jericho.
Jericho means: SWEET FRAGRANCE, PRAISE, WORSHIP, PRAISE BEYOND HUMAN ABILITY.
B. THERE WAS A BLIND MAN NAMED --- BARTIMAEUS!
C. There was no government or social programs for blind people.
Blind Bartimaeus was totally dependent on the mercy of his family and friends for his existence. Bart had someone bring him out on this busy highway in the hopes others would feel sorry for him and give him something.
D. Bartimaeus was a PROFESSIONAL BEGGAR!
Someone cared enough to tell this begging blind man JESUS IS COMING THIS WAY!
E. Bartimaeus had learned to use his ears to listen to the things happening around him.
Off in a distance Bartimaeus could hear the noise of an excited crowd. This blind man knew JESUS IS PASSING CLOSER AND CLOSER.
Mark 10:46 (quickview)  Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"