And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 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!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
Comment: I recall that Mark said at the very beginning of this small book that Jesus was the Son of God. This is a bit more of his offered proof for what he had said previously. I see in Jesus His compassion for the outcast and underdog; I see great power in Jesus; I see great faith releasing great power. But I don’t see faith in faith, rather I see faith in the right person, Jesus.
Prayer; In the darkened light of this world, I would see You clearly, Jesus.
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Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. This blind man obviously had heard that Jesus the healer, was called the Son of David, because that is what he called Him. He also was most probably a Jew who knew or had heard it read from Scripture. He knew that Jesus could restore his eyesight, so he wasn’t going to miss out on this opportunity to ask for this precious gift. He had faith, faith in Jesus to heal him. And he was healed by Jesus. God bless you.