“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. 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.” Mark 10 vs 46-47.
Jesus was on his way out of Jericho after a busy day. The scripture says a great number of people followed him, they asked him questions about divorce, he blessed children along the way, he answered questions about eternal life and he enlightened James and John about what it meant to sit at the right hand of God. But thou he was leaving, something caught his attention, and that was the voice of blind Bartimaeus.
I believe Bartimaeus was waiting for a long time to get close to Jesus, but because he was blind, he was not able to walk with the crowd. He was not only blind, but he was a beggar, who very few people cared about or even gave him the time of day. But when he heard that Jesus was passing through that day, he purposed in his heart that he will do whatever it takes to get his attention. He was in a dark place and wanted a better life and he knew that this was his only chance to be made whole. His faith was already ignited, and he was ready to receive from Jesus.
So as the crowd came closer, he began to cry out saying, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” (Mark 10 vs 47). The scripture said as he cried out, many told him to hold his peace, or in other words, they tried to shut him up. But instead, he cried out even louder, “THOU SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME.” (Mark 10 vs 48). Verse 49 said, Jesus stood still! Glory be to God! He was moved by the faith of Bartimaeus. If Bartimaeus had kept silent it is possible that he would have died a blind beggar. But he kept on calling until he was heard. It was a moment of desperation, one similar to what the woman with the issue of blood experienced in Luke chapter 8, as she grabbed a hold of Jesus’ garment. There is something about crying out and reaching out by faith to Jesus with a made-up mind. But, how should we call him? We must know who we are calling, and we must know his name. Blind Bartimaeus did not only make noise with his voice, but he literally called him by his name, Jesus! If you see your friend in a crowded place the best way to get your friend’s attention, is to call him or her by their name. The Bible says whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2 vs 21 & Romans 10 vs 13). The name of Jesus is our strong tower (Proverbs 18 vs 10). If you call him by faith, he will always stop for you and it does not matter if you are in a crowded room filled with noise.
After Bartimaeus got up and went to Jesus, Jesus asked him, “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” (Mark 10 vs 51), and Bartimaeus answered, “Lord, that I might receive my sight.” What do you need from Jesus today? Cry out to him, call him by his name and he will hear and help you.
Let us pray. Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Lord I am crying out to you today, with the words of David in Psalms 61, hear my cry O God, attend unto my prayer, from the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Thank you for hearing me Lord and thank you for your help in Jesus name. Until next time. God bless you.
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