Today my mom told me to read a passage in her Daniel Fast book. In the passage it talks about Mark 10:46-52 which tells the story of the blind man, Bartimaeus.
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. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
I have read this story countless times but I never understood the massive significance and the power behind it until now. The first thing you notice in this passage is that people rebuked Bartimaeus for calling out to Jesus for help!!! Sometimes in our lives we are going to find ourselves in the same situation where different people are gonna try and tell us that we are wrong for relying on Jesus to meet our needs. Other times it’s not people who stop us, but our thoughts. One thing we can learn from Bartimaeus is that when all the nay sayers and the doubts kept rebuking him, he called out to God more!!! Sometimes you need to be louder than your doubts and your critics. When adversaries come your way you need to be calling out to God more. You need to get your praise level up!!
Jesus heard Bartimaeus and called him and when Bartimaeus realized he was called he THERW OFF his cloak and came to Jesus. That action that Bartimaeus did was such a big deal. The Daniel Fast book by Susan Gregory explains it so perfectly ” The garment has significance. It was a beggar’s cloak that the authorities provided to needy people. The cloak gave them the right the right to beg and showed others that their calamities made them worthy of the givers’ donations. But Bartimaeus tossed his beggar’s garment away even before he received his sight.”
Doesn’t that just blow your mind!!! Even before he was healed he threw his cloak off. He had so much faith so much confidence in who Jesus was that he knew that he would be healed!!! This spoke to me so much today because I have been struggling in my faith lately but this encourages me to dig deeper into the word of God and to get to know him more. When you know God its hard for your faith to be shaken and you can believe God for anything!!!
I want to be like Bartimaeus and believe that God can do the impossible just because of who he is.