Today, we are going to do things a bit different.
Look at Mark 10:46-52.
My husband did a lesson on blind Bartimaeus last night. I’m sure he won’t mind me revisiting it today.
Let’s set this up. Jesus is leaving Jericho. Bartimaeus (we are going to to call him Bart) is sitting by the edge of the road begging. Bart was blind. Back in those days, they didn’t have programs to teach him a trade or supply him with what he needed to be independent. Bart couldn’t hold a job. So, he supported himself by begging. He had heard many people traveling down this road talking about Jesus and all that He was doing in their area. The people may have even told Bart about Jesus. However Bart heard about Him, Bart believed. Bart believed without seeing or reading about Jesus. Bart believed Jesus to be the Son of God, the Messiah.
So as Jesus was leaving Jericho, He headed toward Bart. Bart had no idea when he woke up that morning that Jesus would be heading his way. He had no idea that this day would change his life forever. When Bart heard that Jesus was coming, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Vs. 47) People tried to get him to quiet down. Jesus was a busy man. Did Bart listen? Nope. He yelled louder. “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (vs. 48) And what did Jesus do? He stopped (vs. 49). Jesus stopped where He was going and that made everyone else stop. Jesus wanted to hear Bart. Think about that for a moment. When we cry out to the Creator of the universe, He stops. He wants to hear us. He wants to attend to us and us alone. What we say, what we feel matters to Him.
When Jesus called out for Bart, Bart didn’t take his time in getting up. “Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.” (Vs. 50) When Jesus calls your name, do you jump? I know sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. Sad, but true. We should jump and run when Jesus calls us out. But that would require listening, would it not?
“‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus asked him. ‘Rabbi, I want to see.'” (Vs. 51) Jesus asked and Bart answered. Bart spoke from his heart. And Jesus knew this. Jesus didn’t ask “how can I help you?” or “do you need something?”. No, Jesus asked directly what Bart wanted Him to do for him. Crazy thing is, Jesus already knew. But He wanted to hear it from Bart’s lips. He wanted to hear Bart’s heart.
“‘Go,’ said Jesus, ‘your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.” (Vs. 52) Jesus’s healing didn’t take some time. It didn’t falter along. It was immediate. And Jesus pointed out what had healed Bart, his faith. He believed before he had ever seen Jesus or experienced Him. He had never read the Bible. He had probably only heard of the miracles that Jesus did and the discussions of who He is.
What can we learn from this lesson? Faith, being prepared and purposeful asking. Faith is what healed Bart. Faith is what made all the other things we learned possible. Bart was ready to follow Jesus and he was ready to listen to Jesus. Bart was also to the point when he talked to Jesus. He didn’t beat around the bush in asking for his sight. He said it straight out. Jesus knew his heart, but He wanted Bart to express it. He knows our heart today, but He wants you to tell Him about it. That is how a relationship is built.
So this week princess, learn from blind Bart. Be more faithful. Be ready to go. Be purposeful – don’t beat around the bush. Jesus knows your heart. He knows what you need. He knows what you want. He just wants to have a relationship with you where you will talk to Him about it all.