Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus – Mark 10:46-52

Bible Passage:

Mark 10: 46-52

Background of this healing miracle:
  • Jericho (meaning  ‘Fragrant’) was about 15 miles from Jerusalem. (Jesus at Zacchaeus’ home in Jericho)
  • Jesus was going to Jerusalem for the Jewish feast of Passover.
  • Bartimaeus, this is the one of few places where name of a person who is healed by Jesus is mentioned!
  • Meaning of Bartimaeus:
    • Greek – Honorable man,
    • Hebrew Heir or son of unclean, spiritual blindness.
    • His name possibly can mean the son of blind man. (Son of Timaeus)
  • There was a common belief among Jews that the blindness was a punishment from God for a personal sin, see (John 9:34) Blind man with Pharisees. 

 

Q. What do we know about blind Bartimaeus?

  • Poor, one of many beggars on the road to Jerusalem, he did not own much, his only possession could be his garment.
  • Dejected, downcast, desperate, and yet bold, persistent, hopeful  in his request for healing to Jesus.

Q. What was his response when he heard about Jesus? What did he know about Jesus?

  • He began to call onto Jesus with a loud voice. He was persistent.
  • He must have heard about Jesus, his miracles, healing, his claims, teachings.
  • He must have believed that Jesus could heal him.

Q. What does a title ‘Son of David’ mean to Jews?

  • It means Promised Messiah, One who was to come from the lineage of King David.
  • See John 7:42, Mat 21:9, Isa 35:5

Q. What was crowd’s response?

  • Twofold, first they rebuked him, and then encouraged him!

Q. What did he do when Jesus called him?

  • He threw his coat, his garment, his only possession, which may come on his way to reaching to Jesus. He was ready to get rid of anything that comes on his way.
  • We may also need to give up our old garment of self-pity or self righteousness, our old self, if we want to come to Jesus.

Q. Why did Jesus ask him a question?

  • It was a very unique feature of Jesus’ ministry. It was to confirm his faith, public proclamation of his trust in Jesus.
  • “What do you want Jesus to do in your life?”

Q. What can we learn from blind Bartimaeus?

  • He showed his faith by actions.
  • He was persistent in his call to Jesus.
  • He followed Jesus his healing.

Life Applications:

  • We all need healing; it can be physical or spiritual. Jesus can heal us, but we need to come to him, put our trust in him.
  • “To see beyond the present is Wisdom, but to see beyond possible is Faith.”

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Comments

  1. mary says

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  2. Helen Dalut says

    The healing of blind Bartimaus is the actualization of John 3:16 and the reality of faith and work.

  3. ANN says

    Bartimaeus in Greek means honored and we see him living a life contrarly to th meaning thus under peoples mercies and i believe thats why he cried to JESUS that He may give him his true identity.so even us we should cry to GOD that we may live as children of th king and not of servants.be blessed!

  4. Nnenna says

    I prayed to God to heal my dad just like he did to blind Bartimaeus. He did just that. Today is a day I will never forget in my life as the news was broken. Thank you Lord. I love You Lord.

  5. DanKioko says

    What do I want Jesus to do in my life? very strong.
    We all need healing; it can be physical or spiritual. Jesus can heal us, but we need to come to him, put our trust in him.
    “To see beyond the present is Wisdom, but to see beyond possible is Faith.
    God bless you all.

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