Blind Bartimaeus

Cornerstone Church,

Mark 10:46-52 Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. 47 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!" 48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 So Jesus stood still & commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you." 50 & throwing aside his garment, he rose & came to Jesus. 51 So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" The blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight." 52 Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." & immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
Spiritual Blindness
The hymn writer famously stated “I once was blind but now I see.” I wonder if he was thinking about Blind Bartimaeus. Spiritual blindness is our default condition. Pastor Tim points out that Old Bart could not see, but he sure could hear. He heard about Jesus. He heard Jesus coming and he heard Jesus calling. That is a beautiful picture of salvation.
Son of Uncleanness
When it comes to biblical names, “Bar” is a prefix meaning  “son of” ; Tamaeus – Tame is a Hebrew word meaning “Foul, or unclean.” This man was literally the son of uncleanness. Maybe his father was a leper, but he carried the name, the stigma, the burden every time he heard his name. He was very aware of his fallen condition.
"Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
If ever someone came in humility and boldness it was this guy. He had heard that Jesus was the Healer. He knew he desperately needed healing. He called upon the name of the Lord and was saved.

Jesus, Friend of Sinners
If Jesus was willing to call the Son of Uncleanness to Himself, then we can love people who are sinners too.

- Pastor Joel Johns