The Faith of Bartimaeus by Daniel Rodgers

The Faith of Bartimaeus
Dan Rodgers
Mark 10:46-52
1/4/04


INTRODUCTION:

1. In this story we find Jesus and his disciples visiting the city of Jericho. As they were leaving the city, they noticed a blind beggar by the wayside. The beggar's name was Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus had heard of the fame of Jesus and His ability to heal the blind. It says in (vs.47), "And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me."

ILLUS: One can scarcely imagine a more pitiful condition--not only to be a beggar, but to blind as well. When my wife and I visited Israel we saw beggars everywhere--just like it was in Bible times. We saw a man at the Sheep Gate of the Old City who was afflicted with leprosy, begging for alms. Then, as we entered the area of the Western Wall, there was a crippled old man sitting on the ground; he was begging for alms. I can tell you one thing, it makes you grateful for the health you have.

2. In our account with Bartimaeus there are some important things that stand out. I would like to give you two points to a brief outline:

I. Jesus Came To Bartimaeus
II. Bartimaeus Came To Jesus
I. JESUS CAME TO BARTIMAEUS (VS. 46), "And they came to Jericho..."

1. Make no mistake about it, of all the reasons for Jesus to visit Jericho, Bartimaeus was at the top of His list. Remember, the Lord considered this event so significant that He recorded in the three of the gospels.

a. We find the same kind of story with the woman at the well in Samaria. Jesus loved this woman as He loved Bartimaeus, and He sought her out. In the gospel of John it says, "He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. [4] And He must needs go through Samaria" (John 4:3-4).

2. Let's consider several things, as we reflect on the fact that Jesus came to Bartimaeus:

A. Bartimaeus had a need

1. Bartimaeus' need was to be able to see. No one had ever been able to help him with ...


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