A Certain Blind Man That Would Not Shut up (10 of 11) by Ken Trivette
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Series: Certain Ones
Ken D. Trivette
The American Foundation for the Blind estimates that there are 600,000 legally blind people in the United States, and 2 million severely visually impaired. One has said that more than 100,000 children around the world go blind every year due to a lack of vitamin A in their diets.
In Jesus day, Eastern countries had a high incidence of blindness. The condition was aggravated by sand and sun glare. It was not unusual to see the blind in their pitiful condition with flies covering their matter-encrusted eyes.
On at least seven occasions, we read of Jesus healing the blind. One of the prophecies concerning the Messiah, was that He would recover the sight of the blind (Luke 4:18). John the Baptist declared that one of the signs of His Messiahship was the blind receive their sight (Matt.11:5).
Before us is the story of the healing of the blind man named Bartimeaus. Luke calls him a ''certain blind man.'' Mark gives him the name Bartimeaus, which means ''son of Timeaus.'' Let's consider this ''certain blind man'' and notice 3 movements in the story.
1. HIS HEARING OF JESUS!
Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem and is passing through Jericho. Bartimeaus was sitting along the roadside begging when he heard that Jesus was passing by his way.
We see THE NEED OF BARTIMEAUS. Mark describes his condition and in doing so we see his need was twofold. First, we see his physical handicap. He was a blind man. We do not know if he had been born blind or if he had lost his sight at sometime in his life.
For we that have always enjoyed the blessing of sight, it is hard to imagine the darkness in which He lived. He could not see the waving blossoms of the trees in the springtime, the blue sky, bright sun, the stars and moon at night, or the face of those he loved.
There are many blessings in life that we enjoy day by day that we often take for granted: sight ...
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