Mark 10:46 to Mark 11:11
In today’s Bible reading, as Jesus is about to enter Jerusalem, the city of David, blind Bartimaeus calls out, identifying Jesus two times as the “Son of David”. Jesus asks Bartimaeus what he wants Him to do for him, and the simple request is that he receives his sight. Jesus sends him on his way with the words that his faith has made him well. Bartimaeus’ sight is restored and he follows Jesus.
Jesus and His followers came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany near Jerusalem.
He instructs His disciples to enter the village, locate a colt, untie it, and tells anyone who asks what they’re doing that He needs it.
Everything unfolds for the disciples as Jesus said it would.
Jesus sits upon the colt as He enters Jerusalem and many people threw their cloaks on the road before Him, while others cut down branches from trees.
People preceded and followed him, acclaiming Jesus as “The One” who comes in the name of the Lord, blessing the coming kingdom, and praising God.
Jesus departed for Bethany with His apostles, haven looked around Jerusalem’s temple.
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. The action of Bartimaeus was based on his unrelenting conviction that Jesus could and would deliver him from his predicament.
We all need the ‘Bartimaeus kind of faith’ for our daily living.
I take the grace to be Christ-like and to be Christ-minded in all my ways in Jesus’ name!
Reading – Mark 10:46 to Mark 11:11
Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight
46 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.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
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.
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”
4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it,5 some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
- Mark 11:9 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 10
- Mark 11:9 Psalm 118:25,26
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.