Story can be found at: #Mark 10:46-52
The Bible tells us of a man by the name of #Bartimaeus who sat on the road side begging people money when they past by. This was a way of life for Bartimaeus because he could not find much work because of his blindness.
For years #blind Bartimaeus sat on the road side begging money. He was a professional beggar. He was good at this. However, even though he was #living below his privilege, he was not comfortable in the state that he was in, but he felt trapped.
Blind Bartimaeus #Deliverance
Until one day he heard a commotion. This was not an ordinary commotion as people were rushing and making lots of noise, more than the usual; so blind Bartimaeus asked what was happening and he heard that #Jesus of Nazareth was passing by and suddenly he saw his deliverance.
You see blind Bartimaeus heard stories about Jesus that everywhere he went people were being delivered from sickness, demonic oppression and possession, the blind being healed, crippled walk and so on. The people knew Jesus as Jesus of Nazareth, but Bartimaeus knew him as the Messiah, the Son of David.
On realizing what was happening blind Bartimaeus shouted ‘Jesus, Son of David, help me’. Blind Bartimaeus did not matter that Jesus did not respond to his first cry but he continue to shout ‘Jesus, Son of David, help me’. The Bible tells us that “Many people told the man to stop, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David, have pity on me!”- Mark 10: 48. Blind Bartimaeus had a need and he wasn’t about to be silence by people.
Because of his determination, Jesus called him over and he got his healing- he received his sight. So what lessons can we learn from Blind Bartimaeus?
- Be humble. Bartimaeus knew that he did not deserve mercy so he had no thought of entitlement. Whenever we come to #God we should humble ourselves calling out to him “Lord, have mercy on me.”
- Don’t let the crowd stop you. Blind Bartimaeus knew that he had a need that only Jesus could supply. Therefore he was not going to let the crowd stopped him from getting his deliverance. When the crowd told him to shut up, he shouted even louder “Son of David, have pity on me!”. What do you want from God? Whenever you are seeking after God and trying to get his attention, people will tell you ‘you worship too much’ ‘you think you’re better than us’ and so on. Don’t let people constrain you; at the end of the day you are the one that has a need, not them.
- Let go of the past. When Jesus called Blind Bartimaeus he immediately threw away his cloak, jumped to his feet and ran to Jesus. Bartimaeus realized that where Jesus is taking him, his cloak could not go as his cloak represents his past.
Blind Bartimaeus realized that his cloak brought him comfort, helped to keep him warn and helped to cloth him while he was on the road side begging, but for him to move forward he must forget about the past. Many times we want to come to God but do not want to let go of the things that held us in bondage. For us to move forward we must learn to throw down our old cloak, get up and move forward. We can’t grow and remains in the same spot we were in.
- He followed Jesus. When Jesus healed Bartimaeus, Jesus told him to “Go,your faith has healed you” but instead of leaving when he received his sight, the Bible tells us that Bartimaeus followed Jesus. Bartimaeus did not just want the healing, but he also wanted the healer.
Many times when God delivers a person, they soon goes back to live a sinful life. Jesus did not heal or deliver you for you to not serve him. God does not only want to heal us, but he wants to save us.Blind Bartimaeus knew that he had a need that only Jesus could supply. Therefore he was not going to let the crowd stopped him from getting his deliverance. When the crowd told him to shut up, he shouted even louder “Son of David, have pity on me!”. What do you want from God? Whenever you are seeking after God and trying to get his attention, people will tell you ‘you worship too much’ ‘you think you’re better than us’ and so on. Don’t let people constrain you; at the end of the day you are the one that has a need, not them.
Blind Bartimaeus was not the only blind man on the road to Jerusalem, but he was the only one that received his sight. Why? He was not only desperate, but he was also persistent and hopeful. By calling Jesus Son of David he acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah who comes to save the world. Therefore he was not only concern about his physical healing, but he was also concern about his spiritual healing as we can see when he followed Jesus even though Jesus told him to go his way. His attitude was, ‘Lord, I know you tell me to go and there is a lot of things I wanted to do but couldn’t because of my blindness and now I can do them, but Lord I refuse to stop from following you. Wherefore you are going, that’s where I am going as you are the bread of life.’
Blind Bartimaeus is an example to us today as we all can learn something from his life. What is your take on this article? Please leave a comment below and subscribe to our newsletter so you will always know when we post an article.