"THE GOSPEL OF MARK" The Healing Of Blind Bartimaeus (10:46-52) INTRODUCTION 1. As we continue our studies in the gospel of Mark... a. Jesus and His disciples are making their way toward Jerusalem - cf. Mk 10:32 b. We now come to the last healing miracle described in the gospel of Mark - Mk 10:46-52 2. It involves the healing of a blind man near the city of Jericho... a. Identified by name as Bartimaeus b. Whose persistence, faith, and gratitude can serve as an example for us today [Let's first take a closer look at...] I. THE NARRATIVE A. THE SETTING... 1. The city a. Mark reports that the miracle occurred on the way out of Jericho - Mk 10:46 b. Luke says it occurred on the way to Jericho - Lk 18:35 c. There were two Jerichos at the time of Jesus, about 15 miles NE of Jerusalem d. The old Jericho from the days of Joshua was mostly abandoned e. The new Jericho built by Herod the Great was an attractive city f. It may be the miracle occurred as Jesus was leaving one and heading to another - Expositor's Bible Commentary 2. The crowd a. Included Jesus' disciples and a 'great multitude' - Mk 10:46 b. The multitude was likely even greater because it was the time many Jews were on their way to Jerusalem observe the Passover 3. The blind man a. Matthew reveals that there were actually two blind men
- Mt 20:29-32 b. Luke focuses his account on "a certain blind man"
- Lk 18:35-43 c. Mark does also, identifying him by name, Bartimaeus - Mk 10:46 d. Bartimaeus sat by the road, begging - Mk 10:46 B. THE MIRACLE... 1. The desperate plea a. Learning that Jesus of Nazareth was walking by, Bartimaeus began to cry out b. "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" - Mk 10:47 c. Many sought to silence him, but he cried out all the more d. "Son of David, have mercy on me!" - Mk 10:48 2. The gracious healing a. Jesus commanded for Bartimaeus to be called b. Some encourage him: "Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you." - Mk 10:49 c. He throws aside his outer garment (which might hinder his steps) and comes to Jesus - Mk 10:50 d. Jesus asks Bartimaeus what he wants Him to do - Mk 10:51 e. "Rabboni (Master, Teacher, cf. Jn 20:16), that I may receive my sight." f. Jesus' response: "Go your way; your faith has made you well." - Mk 10:52 3. The new disciple a. Immediately Bartimaeus receives his sight - Mk 10:52 b. He follows Jesus on the road, glorifying God - cf. Lk 18:43 [The people that saw this miracle also praised God (Lk 18:43). How might we best praise God for such a miracle? Perhaps by learning from the example of blind Bartimaeus. In that regard, here are...) II. SOME OBSERVATIONS A. PERSISTENCE... 1. Bartimaeus displayed persistence despite the efforts of others to silence him 2. He exemplifies the truth of what Jesus taught about persistence - Mt 7:7-8 3. Are we willing to be persistent in our prayers? - cf. Lk 18:1-8 B. FAITH... 1. Bartimaeus was healed because of his faith 2. Similar to the woman healed of a flow of blood - Mk 5:34 3. Do we have the faith to receive what is God's will for us? - cf. 1Jn 5:14 C. GRATITUDE... 1. Bartimaeus followed Jesus and glorified God 2. Like the Samaritan leper, he expressed gratitude - Lk 17:12-19 3. Do we express gratitude for the many blessings God gives us? - cf. 1Th 5:14 CONCLUSION 1. Bartimaeus, who many sought to silence, has much to teach us about... a. Persistence b. Faith c. Gratitude 2. May the healing of blind Bartimaeus serve to always remind us to... a. Persist in our requests to God b. Develop the faith necessary to receive such requests c. Never fail to express gratitude when God answers our prayers Finally, note that Bartimaeus followed Jesus. Are you willing to show your gratitude to Jesus by following Him as His disciple, responding to the gospel of Christ...? - Mt 28:18-20; Mk 16:15-16