Blind Bartimaeus

Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mar 10:46-52 NKJ)

Blind Bartimaeus was in a good spot for collecting aims. The road from Jericho to Jerusalem was known as the ‘Way of Blood.’ The road was narrow and dangerous, but people would sooner travel that way than going through Samaria. He might have been tucked away on the side and easy to be missed.  Bartimaeus was going to have none of that, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Shhh! Be quiet, be happy with your portion in life. “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Bartimaeus know that this was his chance, and he wanted to see what the Son of David had for him.

Jesus assumed nothing, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Bartimaeus already knew what he wanted.  Leaving his cloak and begging bowl behind he told Jesus, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” His faith was evident, and immediately, he received his sight.

How would you answer that question, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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