3 Mar

Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more,
“Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Mark 10:48


Picture a blind beggar sitting beside the road in Jesus’ day.  He most likely was born debilitated and had lived a life of mere existence.  Day after day he would roll up his mat from which he had slept the night before and sit on it along the edge of the dusty, dirty road.  His only purpose each day was to beg.  Perhaps throughout the course of any given day he would accumulate a few coins, some pieces of left-over bread and meat, and maybe someone’s worn out and tattered blanket.  Sitting near the city gate, I’m sure he would often be in the way of those who were in a hurry coming and going.  I imagine that some who tossed him a few crumbs from their tables were the same ones who gave him an annoying kick to get out of the way when the street was crowded and busy. 

As recorded in the 10th chapter of Mark, blind Bartimaeus sat close to the gate of Jericho.  This day began no different than any other, but as the morning wore on, there was an increasing amount of excitement in the air and talk about Jesus being in the area.  Since he lived along a busy thoroughfare, I’m sure Bartimaeus had already heard a lot about Jesus…large crowds, followers, teaching, controversy, miracles.   You know they say that blind people have a keen sense of hearing  ~  blind Bartimaeus must have detected a unique and distinct voice in the midst of the loud noises of people, animals, and busyness.  When the realization hit him that it was indeed Jesus, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

Many in the crowd began to rebuke him … “Be quiet Bartimaeus!  He doesn’t have time for you!  Stop yelling so.  Honestly, Jesus is a busy man and you are a simple blind beggar.  Now hush!!”

His Opportunity was right there before him!!  His Only Chance!!  Hope was quickly walking in the other direction!  Desperation, determination, and a boldness like never before caused Bartimaeus to shout out even louder than before …“Son of David, have mercy on me!”  

Jesus stopped.  He stopped and called for him! The account continues as the disciples came over to the side of the road, helped the blind beggar to his feet and brought him to Jesus.  As we finish reading the rest of the story, we find that because of his faith, Bartimaeus’ sight is restored, and he then follows Jesus along the road.

Sometimes I feel like the blind beggar … living a life of ruts.  Oh yes, the ruts of today are extremely busy ones … full of activity, deadlines, obligations, and lots of noise.  Not a bad life necessarily, but certainly a fast paced and crowded existence.  Then in the midst of the hub bub, I sense God’s presence is near…drawing my heart to His.  I find myself reaching out, but there’s so much that pulls me back … making it so difficult to make connection with Him.  Life is full of good-intentioned projects, duties that are necessary in order to be responsible for those I love, distractions, and just like you, I want to have time for myself, too!   But there is still that tug and pull in my heart from God.   As I read this account in Mark yesterday morning, my heart ached as I shouted out above the roar and above the noises of life, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Jesus stopped.   I asked Him to help me to see… to see life through His perspective and not my own.  To see His dreams for my life.  To always see and focus on Him as I follow Him along the road.

Do you sometimes feel like the blind beggar?   Jesus will stop.  Jesus will give you sight.  Join me in having the determination to shout above the noise … “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Till next time,

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging.  When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more,
“Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”
 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”
Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Mark 10:46 – 52




2 Responses to “Determination”

  1. Shelley Carter March 3, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    Thank you!

  2. Helen March 3, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    What an encouragement! I’m shouting, and up on my tippy toes!

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