Jesus Heals 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.
Sometimes our own reactions to the Gospel fall way short. Blind Bartimaeus called out to Jesus.
Sometimes the wrong type of people call out to Jesus and we, like Bartimaeus, are blind to them. The poor guy was well known. He had a dad they all knew, Timaeus. Now why would Mark record that? Because people knew him. Timaeus and his embarrassing son, simply called Bar-Timaeus. But that name is now fulfilled in this encounter. It means “honoured” – Jesus will now honour the Son of the Honoured one.
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