Do we have enough faith? Today’s Scripture reading comes from Mark 10.
It’s about faith and the healing power of Christ.
Bartimaus, the blind beggar had that faith. So, Jesus healed him.
But, just how much faith do we need to trust God?
Bartimaeus the beggar cried out to Jesus to restore his sight. He truly believed that Christ could heal his affliction.
Faith in God healed the blindness of Bartimaeus in this Bible study lesson from Mark.
Jesus Heals the Blind – Bartimaeus the Beggar
Then they came to Jericho.
And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road.
When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.”
Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus.
And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!”
And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.”
Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road. – Mark 10:46-52 NASB
Bartimaeus Recognizes God
Bartimaeus was a beggar because of a physical ailment; blindness.
He could not work at any of the jobs available because of his affliction. Also, there were no disability checks or welfare although God said to take care of the needy in Leviticus 25:35-38.
However, other chapters of the Bible tell us that people of this time period believed that God punished sin with physical sickness or disabilities.
Bottom line is, Bartimaeus was doomed to beg in the streets – or starve.
Jesus – “Son of David”
Jesus was known by many people as the “Son of David” because the Scripture plainly stated that the Messiah would descend from this line.
So, when the beggar called Christ by this name he was recognizing Jesus as the Son of God.
“I Once Was Blind ..“
Bartimaeus knew who Jesus was. In truth, his faith allowed him to be healed of his blindness.
Bear with me because, we may not be instantly healed from a sickness or affliction.
However, we are offered the gift of eternal life just for believing and asking.
So, this message goes out to all of us who “once were blind“.
Love in Christ
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