46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “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!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
First of all, age suddenly set in and I just realized that I repeated myself with yesterday’s post. Oh well, we press forward.
In first century Judea there was not much of a welfare system. If you were lame or blind, your only recourse was to be a beggar. It seems that the choice of words used by Bartimaeus grabbed the attention of Jesus. By addressing Jesus as “Son of David,” Bartimaeus demonstrated his belief that Jesus was the Messiah. The most basic element of following Christ is to believe that is the the Son of the Living God. The blind man’s request was also worded correctly, “Have mercy on me.” Like all of us should, Bartimaeus understood that he deserved nothing, but simply asked for mercy.
Jesus once again made it clear that God works in a cooperative way with the faith of those who believe in Jesus. The man did not back away from specifics, but laid it all on the line and asked for Jesus to meet his greatest physical need – to see. Jesus was very clear that the man’s exercise of faith played a key role in his healing.Bartimaeus was changed by Jesus and then followed the Lord down the road.
We need to believe and we need to follow.