Someone once asked Paul Harvey, the journalist and radio commentator, to reveal the secret of his success. “I get up when I fall down,” said Harvey. (Bits & Pieces, March 3, 1994, p. 16) … More
On this final trip from Galilee to Jerusalem, Jesus and His disciples were passing through Jericho which is in the Jordan Valley about 15 miles from Jerusalem (v. 46). Jericho was a popular resort city in the Judean wilderness, not far from the Jordan River crossing from Perea. It was the law that every male Jew over twelve years of age who lived within 15 miles of Jerusalem must attend the Passover. However it was clearly impossible that such a law should be fulfilled and that everyone was able to go. Those who were unable to go were in the habit of lining the streets of towns and villages through which groups of Passover pilgrims must pass to bid them godspeed on their way. As they were going out of town, a blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus who was sitting by the side of the road yelled out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (v. 47). Some of the people standing near him tried to get him to be quiet, but he only cried out that much louder. Because of his determination and persistence the procession stopped and he was brought face to face with Jesus (vv. 48-50). It is that desperate desire that gets things done. He knew exactly what he wanted and that was to escape his world of darkness. When Jesus asked what he could do for him the man made his request brief and to the point: “Lord, that I might receive my sight” (v. 51) and immediately the Lord granted his request (v. 52). He knew precisely what he wanted—his sight. Too often our admiration for Jesus is a vague attraction. When we go to the doctor we want him to deal with some definite situation. When we go to the dentist we do not ask him to extract any tooth, but the one that is diseased. It should be so with us and Jesus. This involves the one thing that so few people wish to face; self-examination. When we go to Jesus, if we are as desperately definite as Bartimaeus, things will happen also. We are told that having received his sight he followed Jesus. He did not selfishly go his way after his need was met.
If Jesus asked me, What do you want me to do for you? What would I say? Are there things in my life I need Him to change?
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.
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Mark 7:1-13Conflict with the religious leaders over laws
Mark 7:14-23Jesus attacks a system of rules and regulations
Mark 7:24-30Jesus casts a demon out of a Gentile daughter
Mark 7:31-37Jesus heals a deaf man with a speech impediment
Mark 8:1-9Jesus feeds 4000 with 7 baskets leftover
Mark 8:10-21The Pharisees ask Jesus for a sign from heaven
Mark 8:22-30Jesus heals a blind man gradually
Mark 8:31-38Jesus warns His disciples that He is going to die
Mark 9:1-8Jesus takes 3 of His disciples to a high mountain
Mark 9:9-13Three disciples question about the transfiguration
Mark 9:14-29The disciples are helpless and ineffective
Mark 9:30-37Disciples arguing about who is the greatest
Mark 9:38-50Jesus says greatness comes from serving others.
Mark 10:1-12Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?
Mark 10:13-22Possessions don’t help you obtain eternal life
Mark 10:23-31Hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God
Mark 10:32-45Willingness to give extra service
Mark 10:46-52Every male Jew must attend passover
Mark 11:1-11Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Mark 11:12-18Jesus said the temple is a den of thieves
Mark 11:19-26Jesus cursed the fig tree and it dried up
Mark 11:27-33Jesus questioned on His authority
Mark 12:1-12Jesus tells about the owner of a vineyard
Mark 12:13-17Pharisees ask Jesus about paying poll tax
Mark 12:18-27Whose wife shall she be in the resurrection?
Mark 12:28-34"You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Mark 12:35-44Jesus makes a series of charges against the scribes
Mark 13:1-13Prediction of "the time of Tribulation”
Mark 13:14-23False teachers in the end times
Mark 13:24-32A description of the Second Coming
Mark 13:33-37We must not be found sleeping