Mark 10:46 NKJV
“Now they came to Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging.”
Bartimaeus was excluded from most of the privileges of social and religious life. Because of his blindness, he was considered unclean. He made a living by begging. Until he encountered Jesus, he did not have a future or any hope of things changing.
One day as Bartimaeus sat by the side of the road in the dirt, he heard voices off in the distance. As the voices grew closer, they sounded excited. Bartimaeus decided that he would risk asking someone about what was going on, and he was told that Jesus was coming down the road.
Bartimaeus did three things when He heard that Jesus was passing by: he recognized who Jesus was, he cried out to Jesus, and he worshipped Jesus. To get God’s attention, we too must do these three things.
I. Recognize Who Jesus Is:
Bartimaeus had heard about Jesus and about His power to heal. He had not seen any miracles because he was physically blind. He had only heard about the miracles. Although blind, Bartimaeus recognized Jesus as his Healer.
II. Cry Out To Jesus:
Battimaeus was desperate for something, he wanted to see, and he knew that if he could get Jesus’ attention that He would help him. He did not want Jesus to pass him by–he was too close! So, Bartimaeus cried out, “Jesus! Son of David, have mercy on Me!”
Mark 10:47 NKJV
“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!’”
The people around Bartimaeus told him to be quiet. But Bartimaeus did not listen, he shouted even louder, “Jesus! Son of David, have mercy on me!” He did not care what people thought about him or what they said to him. He was desperate.
Mark 10:48 NKJV
“Then many wanted him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’”
When Jesus heard him He stopped. Jesus told them to tell Bartimaeus to come to Him. Then Jesus asked what he wanted. Bartimaeus told Jesus that He wanted to see. Because of Bartimaeus’ faith he was made well- he could see for the first time in his life!
If Bartimaeus had listened to the people he would not have been healed. Bartimaeus was desperate for Jesus so he did not care what his friends or the people around him thought or said about him or to him. He wanted Jesus!
If you want Jesus’ attention, you too will have to come to the point where you do not care what people say about you or to you. You too must cry out, “Jesus! Have mercy on me!”
III. Worship Jesus:
Bartimaeus worshipped Jesus by crying out, “Son of David..” Bartimaeus worshipped Jesus for who He was, not for what He had done. Son of David was a Messianic title. Although Bartimaeus was blind, he had spiritual insight.
Throughout the Bible we see the pattern of worshipping God, then God meeting a need. In Esther, Queen Esther ministered to the king, after that, he asked her what she wanted (what did she need).
Esther 7:1-2 NKJV
“So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther. And on the second day, at the banquet of wine, the king again said to Esther, ‘What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!’ ”
After Bartimaeus ministered to Jesus, Jesus asked him what did he need.
Mark 10:51 NKJV
“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.””
The same pattern for getting God’s attention holds true today. First you minister to God, then He will minister to you.
Once Bartimaeus had Jesus’ attention he listened for Jesus’ voice. When we get God’s attention, we need to be quiet and listen for His voice. We need to hear the encouragement and instructions that He will give us.
Mark 10:49 NKJV
“So 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.’”
After Bartimaeus heard Jesus’ instructions, he threw off his garments. He did not want anything to hold him back from Jesus.
Mark 10:50 NKJV
“And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.”
Bartimaus was willing to give up all. He throw aside the security that his cloak represented. He was willing to leave his “old ways” behind.
Bartimaus recognized and addressed Jesus as his Master. If we want God to move on our behalf, we must recognize and address Him for who He is.
Mark 10:51-52 NKJV
“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.” Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well’ And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
If you are sick, He is your healer. He is Jehovah Rophe.
If you are in sin, He is your Savior and Redeemer. He is Jehovah Mikaddesh.
If you are in need, He is your provider. He is Jehovah Jireh.
If you are a Christian, He is your master. He is Jehovah Adonia.
If you are in the middle of a storm, He is the Peace Giver. He is Jehovah Shalom.
If you are lonely, He is present. He is Jehovah Shammah.
Whatever you need, it is found in Jesus.
Are you satisfied with where you are and the way things are in your life? How hungry for God are you? God always hears the cry of a desperate person, The question is “Are you desperate?”