Walking in Truth Devotional Update
Jesus Heals the Blind Beggar
(Mat 20:29-34; Mk 10:46-50; Lk 18:35-43)
Mark informs us that this blind beggar was named Bartimaeus. This is truly another of the great works of Jesus and proves again that He had power over all nature.
Again, we have some variation in the three accounts. Matthew and Mark report that the incident took place as Jesus was going out of Jericho, but Luke tells us that it took place as Jesus was approaching Jericho. Matthew was there personally; Mark got his story from Peter, who was there; and Luke carefully researched his account from eyewitnesses (Luke 1:1-4). Beggars would often be found at the city gate where people are passing in and out.
Jesus is traveling to Jerusalem, with a great multitude following Him, came near to Jericho when this blind beggar called out to Him, when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” He apparently believed that Jesus was the Messiah, and that He could heal blindness. When instructed by the multitude that he should be quiet he cried out more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Apparently, this beggar had faith that the Son of David would grant his request. “Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Lord, I want to see,’ he replied” (18:40-42). One of the great characteristics of Jesus was His compassion. As any human being struggling with the temptations of life, I am so impressed with my Lord’s warmth and compassion. This blind beggar must have been touched with it as well as Jesus stopped and spoke with him.
Why did Jesus ask him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Obviously, Jesus knew what he wanted. Some have suggested that Jesus wanted him to energize faith and cause it to be vocalized, or to help the person himself determine what he wanted from Jesus. The only parallel is at the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus asks the paralyzed man, “Do you want to get well? Notice that Jesus said to the blind beggar, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God (v. 43). Because Bartimaeus believed and put his faith in Jesus, he received his sight back.
Perhaps we should learn from this great story that our faith should appeal to God based on mercy and not merit. In truth, all mankind is like this blind man. Satan has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory
By Guy Roberson
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