Let’s talk about the story of “Blind Bartimaeus”. Jesus shows up to town with signs and wonders. People are touched by his ministry of love and compassion. His teaching is so different from the other Rabbis, he speaks as one with authority. His message is as confusing as it is compelling. Many wonder if He could be the one. It is time for Him to leave town. The crowd is following after Jesus and others are stopping their work and coming near the road. Jesus probably came into town on this same road. Suddenly Bartimaeus starts raising his voice and crying out, “Jesus, Son of David have mercy upon me!” Those around him were offended. It wasn’t polite this was a loud disruptive shouting, he was using all He had to connect with Jesus. The Messiah was once again passing by and there was no way Bart was going to miss out on his healing. He kept shouting out over and over again. Jesus called for him, and he threw his cloak aside and pursued Jesus. The next part seems a bit strange, Jesus asked the blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?” It seems really obvious, LORD, he is blind! So why did Jesus ask something so obvious?
Two possibilities stand out. 1. Jesus was asking so everyone in the crowd would know for sure. Remember he isn’t on a platform, he is on dry and dusty road with throngs of people who had stood between him and Bart. Sometimes the reason you need to share your need with others, isn’t because God will use them to be the solution but to be a witness to the miracle of God. 2. I am convinced that Bartimaeus could have asked for a Big Mac and french fries, new clothes, money, or comfort and received them. The Messiah was in front of the blind man would he ask for a Miracle or a coin? Why do we have to ask? It makes things crystal clear, this need was met by God because I asked. It shows our dependence upon Him and our interdependence upon one another! Independence was the root cause of the fall, total dependance upon God is the foundation of the Kingdom of God!
You know the story, because Bart was desperate and kept on asking, he got an audience with the King. He knew there was an open door to receive what was His. He didn’t say: “Well, if its God’s will, Jesus will find me and heal me today.” No, with tenacious, determination, a blind man kept on asking, seeking, and knocking and because he did the will of God manifested healing in his eyes. Don’t relent! Ask God and keep on asking! He is the only source!
” Then they came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus theNazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.” Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. And answering him, Jesus said,“What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.” Mark 10:46-52