by Robert Walker

He Cried the More
Robert Walker
Mark 10:46-52

A young teenage boy had just gotten his driver's license. When he got home, he asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him into his study and said to the boy, "I'll make a deal with you. If you bring up your grades, study your Bible a little, and get a haircut, then we'll talk about the use of the car."

After about a month, the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss the use of the car. They again went to the father's study where his father said, "Son, I've been so very proud of you. You have brought up your grades, you've studied your Bible diligently, but you didn't get your haircut."

The young man waited a moment and replied, "Dad, I've been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair..." His father interrupted him at that point and said, "Yes son, and they walked everywhere they went!"

He was so close, but so far, from getting what he wanted. The boy was willing to pay most of the price, but not the entire price. The boy knew what he wanted. His desire was strong. But, there was a problem: he wasn't willing to go all the way.

Bartimaeus went all the way and he received from the Lord what he wanted. He wanted to see. Bartimaeus was not on relief; if there were any welfare signs that could help the poor; he had not seen them for he was blind.

Bartimaeus means "son of Timaeus." Timaeus is his father's name. The word 'Timaeus' means polluted, nasty, dirty, corrupt, filthy (you get the picture).So Bartimaeus means "the son of the nasty man." The son of the filthy man.

The son of the corrupt man. The son of the messed-up man! And he lived in the accursed place!

The place that he lived was cursed... His people were nasty... And he was blind! His home was cursed. He couldn't see. And his whole family was messed up! And to top it all off an ...

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