Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to 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.

Mark 10:46-52

“What do you want me to do for you?” Before we get into this question, let’s breakdown who blind Bartimaeus is and the circumstances of his life.

Points of Blind Bartimaeus

  • He’s blind.

  • He’s begging.

  • He cried out for mercy (HELP!).

  • People tried to shut him up.

  • He threw his cloak (coat).

  • He said he wanted to see.

  • His faith has health him.

  • He received sight.

  • He followed Jesus.

“What do you want me to do for you?”

In summary to our points we can say that Blind Bartimaeus had it bad. Not only was he a blind beggar, but when he cried out to Jesus, people who knew Jesus to be a healer, ended up trying to stop this poor man from receiving his break through.


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