Daily Thought for: 19th October

BARTIMAEUS

Mark 10. 46-52.

Jericho was an attractive city of palm trees and fresh water springs. It is like the world and its system—attractive to so many, but associated with moral darkness, sin and a curse, Josh. 6. 26. 

Bartimaeus is a picture of Israel in its blindness, 2 Cor. 3. 15, and mankind in sin and need before God. The light of the gospel is hid from so many because, ‘the God of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of those that believe not’, 2 Cor. 4. 4. 

It must have been a pitiable sight to see this unfortunate man in all his degradation sitting by the wayside begging. Devoid of the precious gift of sight, and amidst the great throng, he heard that Jesus of Nazareth passed by. It seemed that he needed no explanation concerning the greatness and ability of this One who graced Jericho with His presence that day. Maybe he knew that this was the unique Man of whom it was said that, ‘since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind’, John 9. 32. 

Bartimaeus was evidently conscious of his need and determined to go to the only One who could meet that need. There was opposition from the crowd, but nothing would prevent his progress to the Saviour, not even the encumbrance of his garment. The persistent pleas of the blind beggar caused the Lord of life and glory to stand still, and to command that he be called. What grace is here displayed! 

In response to the Lord’s inquiry, the man unhesitatingly requests his sight. The faith of the man is the means of his blessing. The acknowledgement of Lordship and the immediate manifestation of discipleship are a lesson for us all. 

The Lord Jesus was never to pass that way again, and Bartimaeus availed himself of his only opportunity to meet the Saviour. Here is a picture of the saving work of Christ; He still opens the eyes of the spiritually blind. Bartimaeus is an example of true discipleship as he ‘followed Jesus in the way’, v. 52. 

 

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