"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 her heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!'" (Mk. 10:46-47).
Blind Bartimaeus has heard plenty of stories about the man from Galilee who healed people and can only dream of having an encounter with Jesus himself. When he hears the noise of the crowd and the news of Jesus' presence, he shouts so loudly that he makes a real spectacle of himself. Need and desperation have a way of doing that.
Bartimaeus has much to overcome as the crowd warns him to 'shut up':
Pride, passivity, public opinion, and the lack of persistence prevent many people from coming to Jesus and receiving life from Him.
It's a good thing Bartimaeus continued his shouting. Little did he know that he would have no other opportunity. This would be the last time Jesus passed through Jericho before His death. And the crowd? They later shouted, "Crucify Him!"
Only eternity will reveal:
Be blind or shout out to Jesus. Shamelessly. Desperately.
How do entertaining wrong expectations and comparing assignments and compensation with others steal joy and belittle grace? (Mt. 20:1-16; Lk. 19:11-27)
What does Jesus teach His followers about service and greatness?
Describe the similarities between the stories of Bartimaeus and Zacchaeus. How does Zacchaeus" story compare with that of the rich young ruler?
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