Bartimaeus

Text: Mark 10:46-52

His Condition (vs 46)

  • Blind
    • Living in darkness
      • Everyday wake up in darkness.  No difference from sleep to wake
      • God describes a sinner that way, Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
    • Rummage through the memories of a blind man.
    • Stuck on the side of the road
    • Problem someone can’t fix congregate with others of similar problems.  To share the world through similar lenses.  Misery loves company.
  • Begging
    • People try to find the best way to handle their infirmity and problems.  They adjust their behavior to accommodate their problem.  Adopt a lifestyle that provides the most comfort to accommodate the infirmity.
    • Lady who lost her sight late in life and all the little things taken for granted.  She still went to the mirror on a daily basis though she couldn’t see.  She didn’t know if she looked pretty or not, if her clothes matched, if her hair was nice.
    • In his begging people would come by and put money in Bartimaeus cup.  Contributions that could never change Bartimaeus’ situation.
      • You might look in that cup and find the contribution of worldly counsel.
      • You might look in that cup and find the contribution of money.
      • You might look in that cup and find the contribution of religion.
      • You might look in that cup and find the contribution of drugs, fornication, relationships, but none of it can fix the problem.

His Christ (vs 47)

  • Identified the power of God
    • Calls Jesus the Christ by calling him the Son of David
    • Matthew 22:42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.
    • Identified by what he heard, like you and I, and any sinner that will come to Jesus Christ.
    • The ones that came for what they could see rarely if ever stuck around.  But the ones who came to hear stayed.
  • Infirmity had prepared him
    • This infirmity made Bartimaeus more prepared in, many ways, to receive help from the Lord than the people who could see around him.
    • Infirmities can make you bitter
    • Infirmities can make you lazy
  • Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior (by Fanny Crosby)

His Cry (vs 48)

  • Opposed
    • Faces opposition getting to the Lord.
    • Opposition to your drawing close to the Lord will do one of two things.  It will make you give up or it will make you dig in.
    • Take that opposition just like Bartimaeus did as an indicator that I’m heading in the right direction.
  • Overwhelming
    • Fervency and urgency defined Bartimaeus cry for help.
    • Our prayers are missing this because we don’t really believe in answered prayer or we don’t really care.
    • Bartimaeus had nothing to lose and everything to gain.  If I can’t get to the Lord then I might as well go back to doing what I was doing on the side of the road and resolve to deteriorate beside the road of life.
    • Prayer for the lost.  Prayer for others.  It is often lacking water.  The field is in a drought.
    • Psalm 126:5-6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goeth forth and weepers, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
    • For mercy
      • Not give me my miracle, but HELP!
      • He recognized his condition.
      • The Lord never rejects a cry for mercy!

His Comfort (vs 49)

  • The Lord’s compassion is a comfort
    • What would cause God in the flesh to stop what He’s doing and take notice?
    • But you think about it that Jesus did not stop what He was doing, that is what He was doing.
  • The Lord’s call is a comfort
    • The opposition was now making the offer
    • The enemies had become evangelists
    • The wisdom of God to take a painful circumstance and use it for a productive change.

His Clothes (vs 50)

  • Defiled wardrobe
    • Threw off his old clothes.  Don’t take them with you.  You don’t need them anymore.
    • The old rags you’ve been sleeping under won’t help you in this new life.  They will only be a hindrance and a stench along the way.
  • Dead works
    • No more dead works.  Letting go.
    • The articles of an old life are cast away.
    • Yes to the call is no to the old clothes.  No to the old life.  No to the old man.

His Confession (vs 51)

  • Humble
    • Question Jesus asks is not what wilt thou that I should do FOR thee, but what wilt thou that I should do UNTO thee?
    • Told Jesus his problem honestly.
    • Confession is not a religious ritual.  It is what you do in a relationship when you’re in the wrong and want to get things right.
    • The thing that had defined Bartimaeus’ life was something he wanted to get rid of.
      • Public nature of what defined his life.
      • Private nature of what defines your life?
  • Heard
    • If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    • You know what the best kind of prayer is?  Answered prayer.

His Completion (vs 52)

  • Faith
    • Faith is your response to His voice.  The Lord didn’t always respond this way to people.  Sometimes he scattered the ones following Him.  Sometimes He gave instruction to those who approached Him.  What you find is that the Lord responds to faith in Him.
    • Pleases God
    • Cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God
  • Follow
    • In answer to Bartimaeus question, the first word out the Lord’s mouth is “Go.
    • Not that your going has made you whole, but now that you’re whole, Go.
    • That was what Bartimaeus couldn’t do before.
      • Led as you go.
      • Helped as you go.
      • Provided for as you go.