Bartimaeus




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Your eyes have never seen,
your ears have never heard,
you cannot imagine the greatness and wonders 
God has in store for you.

1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV

Those who are blind may feel that if they could recover their sight they would be dwelling in paradise, but we who have good eyes rarely take the time to appreciate that we are already in paradise. 
― Thich Nhat Hanh 

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Jesus is for Outsiders

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight
Mark 10:46-52
Matthew 20:29-34
Luke 18:35-43 

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight

46 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. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

48 Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

49 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. 

50 Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. 

51 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!”

52 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 NASB  

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Blind Faith Bartimaeus

1. Bartimaeus is such a nobody he doesn’t even have a name. He is simply referred to as the Son of Timaeus.

2. He is considered ceremonially unclean and cannot enter the synagogue. He is completely an outsider.

3. He is at the absolute bottom of society.

4. Can you imagine not being allowed to enter the church? Can you imagine not being able to partake in Communion? No one can separate us from the Love of God!

He began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” · Many people severely and sternly rebuked him and told him to be quiet.

· When was the last time as an adult you were told to “shut up!” when you really needed help?

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” · There is always an invitation to come to Christ.

“Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you. Jesus always has an invitation for us to come to Him. But we must have the courage to take the first step towards Christ. Jesus sends us an invitation; this invokes a response from us to "Take courage" to answer the Calling of Jesus Christ.

Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

· Bartimaeus was blind but he could see the way to Jesus Christ. · When Bartimaeus threw his cloak aside, his cloak was one of his few possessions of property.

· It is very easy to read over the importance of this passage. a. His cloak was his shelter, coat, and warmth.

b. His cloak was may be all that he owned.

c. This shows how much faith he had in Jesus.

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”

Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. He later followed Jesus along the path; even the rich young man (Mark 10:17-31) didn’t do that. Bartimaeus asked for mercy and asked to regain his sight. Bartimaeus received far more than he asked for; he received love, forgiveness, mercy, and regained his eyesight and insight into faith. This story tells us how NO ONE is out of God’s everlasting unconditional love!

The Bible keeps giving us examples of blind men who come to see Jesus in contrast to the religious leaders, the Pharisees, who have eyes to see, but are blind to recognize Jesus, to see Jesus as the Son of God.

Matthew Henry's Bible Commentary: Bartimaeus

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

This is a very important question that Jesus is asking Bartimaeus!  At first it seems immediately clear to the reader that the blind Bartimaeus wants his eyesight restored. But there is much more to Jesus’ question.

Ask yourself…

Jesus Christ himself is asking you,

51 “What do you want me to do for you?”


 “What do you want me to do for you?”

Jesus is asking you!


Now all of a sudden the answer is not a clear and doesn’t come as quickly. Are all of your difficulties answered with money? What would you really ask Jesus for?

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Take Courage!

“Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you. Jesus always has an invitation for us to come to Him. But we must have the courage to take the first step towards Christ. Jesus sends us an invitation; this invokes a response from us to "Take Courage" to answer the Calling of Jesus Christ.

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Follow Jesus along the road!

We have the story of the Rich Young Ruler from Mark 10:17-31 NASB

.  There is quite a different comparison. The Rich Young Ruler saw himself as a righteous man but he was not capable of following Jesus along the road for he had many possessions.  Bartimaeus on the other hand threw away all of his earthly possessions; his cloak to follow Jesus. And Bartimaeus continued to follow Jesus along the road: Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.  Mark 10:46-52 NIV 

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Concentrate on the four dots in the middle of the picture for about 30 seconds. Then close your eyes and tilt your head back.

Keep your eyes closed. You will see a circle of light.

What do you see?

Can you see Jesus with your eyes closed, blind like Bartimaeus? 


Those who are blind may feel that if they could recover their sight they would be dwelling in paradise, but we who have good eyes rarely take the time to appreciate that we are already in paradise.    ― Thich Nhat Hanh

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