Our Next Guest Is: Bartimaeus

Series: Our Next Guest | Week 8: A Journey Through the Gospel of Mark

Day One Mark 10:46-52

46 Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. 47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”

So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” 50 Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.

“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”

52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

1. With what titles does Bartimaeus refer to Jesus (verses 47, 48, 51)?
2. What two things does he ask of Jesus (verses 47, 48, 51)?
3. What does Bartimaeus do after Jesus heals him (verse 52)?

Almost to Jerusalem, Jesus and His disciples encounter a blind man determined to get Jesus’ attention. But Bartimaeus isn’t just persistent; he is also humble – an attitude that stands in stark contrast to the self-seeking attitude the disciples have recently displayed. Instead of asking for a position of greatness, Bartimaeus asks for mercy and the ability to see. Bartimaeus recognizes his need for mercy and acknowledges only Jesus can give him what he seeks. He then immediately follows Jesus to the awaiting cross. What do you seek from Jesus? Spend some time now, following the example of humble Bartimaeus. Ask for mercy, for the ability to see rightly, and then follow Jesus on a road that might turn difficult.

For Further Reading: Blind Bartimaeus

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