Mark 10:46-52 - And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
LORD, DO NOT PASS ME BY! IS THIS YOUR PLEA?
There is a song that the saints of old used to sing when I was growing up that says "Pass me not, O gentle Savior, Hear my humble cry; While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.
Savior, Savior, Hear my humble cry.
Scripture declares that as blind Bartimaeus sat by the highway doing what he does daily (begging) he heard that Jesus was passing by and he cried out with a loud voice for mercy with this petition "Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me."
As the crowd tried to shut Bartimaeus up, scripture declares that he shouted the louder. He needed a miracle and He was determined that he was not gonna let the opportunity pass him by for he know not when Jesus would pass that way again.
Bartimaeus recognized who Jesus when he called Him "Son of David." This tells me that Bartimaeus had faith. He believed that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. By faith, he heard and by faith, he believed that Jesus was able to heal him and in faith, He cried out to Jesus.
Bartimaeus could not physically see, but he had spiritual sight, which caused him to believe. Jesus says in John 20:29b blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
I am sure Bartimaeus heard about all those miracles that Jesus was performing through the land. I am sure he heard about the lame, sick, the blind being given sight, the healing of lepers, water being turned into wine and on and on, one report after another about all of the miracles that Jesus had done for others.
Having heard the cry of this beggar, Jesus commanded that he be brought to Him. Bartimaeus jumps up cast off his clothing, rose and came to Jesus.
When Bartimaeus came to Jesus, he was asked a very important question "what wilt thou that I shoudl do unto thee?" Bartimaeus answered "Lord, that I may receive my sight.
Jesus did not lay His hands on Bartimaeus, He just spoke a Word of faith to Him, "go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole." Immediately after Jesus spoken words of prophetic healing, scripture declares that Bartimaeus gained his sight immediately.
Bartimaeus was confirmed to have had faith according to Jesus and in return, he was healed. Hebrews 11:6-for without faith it is impossible to please God. He that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
Bartimaeus is a picture of God's grace and His mercy. When our faith is exercised, the power of God moves on our behalf.
LORD, DO NOT PASS ME BY! IS THIS YOUR CRY!
Do you need Jesus to open your blinded eyes? If you do, cry out these familiar words "Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me" and God will do it.
God bless and do remember to tell the Lord thank you for giving you an opportunity to not only cry out for mercy, but the opportunity to be personally healed by Jesus Himself.
"Pass me not, O gentle Savior, Hear my humble cry; While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by. Savior, Savior, Hear my humble cry;
Oh what a plea! Faith is the key that unlocks heaven's doors.
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