Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”…
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Mark 10: 46-52 (NIV)
Each day, Bartimeaus would rise, put on his beggar’s cloak, pick up his tin beggar’s cup and once again head for the streets of Jericho. He would spend his day sitting alongside the street crying “Alms for the blind,” as the crowds passed by his way.
His definition of a good day was a tin cup full of coins. Just getting through the day sometimes was good enough. As we’ll see, this was to be a day where Baritmeaus learned that God was more than a God of “good enough!”
Today, Bartimaeus was expecting good results from the large crowd of returning pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem for the Passover. Jericho was also known for its fairly wealthy inhabitants, making begging a bit more productive. (more…)