A Man Named Bartimaeus

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Deuteronomy 1-3; Mark 10:32-52


46 Jesus and his followers came into Jericho. As Jesus was leaving Jericho, together with his disciples and a sizable crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, Timaeus’ son, was sitting beside the road. 47 When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy!” 48 Many scolded him, telling him to be quiet, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David, show me mercy!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him forward.”

They called the blind man, “Be encouraged! Get up! He’s calling you.”

50 Throwing his coat to the side, he jumped up and came to Jesus.

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

The blind man said, “Teacher, I want to see.”

52 Jesus said, “Go, your faith has healed you.” At once he was able to see, and he began to follow Jesus on the way (Mark 10:46-52, Common English Bible).

I am not sure exactly why, but I have always liked the character Bartimaeus. Perhaps it is because even when people told him to be quiet and not trouble Jesus, Bartimaeus remained persistent. He knew, if ever he was to have sight, it would come from getting Jesus’ attention, regardless of what others might have had to say.

Maybe I am so drawn to him because, in Mark’s way of telling a story, he makes Bartimaeus direct in what he asks of Jesus. Jesus asks what he wants Jesus to do and Bartimaeus simply says, “I want to see.” There is no beating around the bush. There is no messing around. “What do you want?” then “I want to see.”

Then again, Bartimaeus knew who he needed to visit to receive the help he needed. No one else was going to do the trick.

Another reason I may like this character so much is, when he received his sight, he didn’t go out and celebrate. He didn’t go show his family or friends. Bartimaeus followed Jesus “…on the way.”

Those are all lessons for us too. As people of faith, we know where we need to go to find help in our lives. That doesn’t mean don’t go to the doctor when we are sick or to an ophthalmologist when we are dealing with physical blindness (blindness can sometimes be corrected by the medicine of today.  It just means, before we do anything else, we go to God and we go regardless of what others might say.

When we are in need, no matter what others may say we need to be people who are persistent in going to God. The world would have us remain the same, unchanged. And, without God leading our lives, we remain spiritually blind to the needs of others in the world around us.

We also need to go and visit the One we need to find healing and wholeness. I have heard some doctor’s say, “I treat the illness, God does the healing.”

Then, not only when we are finished, when we are healed, when we can see, but also every step along the way, we follow Jesus on the Way. To follow Him always, that is our call.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved



One thought on “A Man Named Bartimaeus

  1. Thank you my friend. Bartimaeus is just my favorite healing story! And I needed to be reminded of that today…with fresh eyes. Wednesday blessings!

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