by Lenny Ports

Spiritual Blindness
Lenny Ports

Mark 10:46Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you." 50 And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. 51 So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" The blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight." 52 Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus

Son of Timeaus
on the road.
unclean, impure
a. ethically and religiously
b. ritually
c. of places

Lessons from this portion of Scripture

1. The opportunity for a miracle is only as open as its recipient.
In other words, Bartimaeus was desperate enough that nothing was going to stop him from getting his miracle. His heart was in the place where he knew he needed God and His mercy.

2. Jesus stands still when He knows you are serious about getting to Him.
Jesus was in the process of leaving Jericho so you would think that he was moving. There was also a great multitude following Him. There must have been thousands and thousands that called out His name. But Jesus HEARD THE HEART's cry of one called Bartimaeus. It was His heart that was crying out to the Lord for mercy. He was the son of Timaeus whose name means unclean and impure. More than his blindness, Bartmaeus knew that his biggest need was for MERCY. Maybe he had heard of the mercy that Jesus had on other sinners like the woman caught in adultery, or maybe he heard how Jesus had raised a lit ...

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