Luke and Mark talk about the same blind beggar whereas Matthew talks about 2 beggars.
In Lord Jesus time blind people end up begging.
Many third world countries we can see many blind people begging outside of Churches, Temples and Mosques.
Some are born blind and some become blind due to various factors.
We don’t know whether this guy is a born blind or lost his sight sometime.
Usually God gives extra sense of hearing to blind people.
BLIND BARTIMAEUS GETS HIS OPPORTUNITY verses 35-37
He must have heard from many people that Lord healed many people from all diseases.
From his partner he came to know that the Lord was passing by and he did not lose this opportunity.
Not only this blind beggar knew about the Lord but also acknowledged Him as the Son of David.
38 He called out,“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
The term “Son of David” was reserved for the coming Messiah, the King.
His approach was of total humility and submission.
BLIND BARTIMAEUS GETS HIS FIFTEEN MINUTES verses 39-41
He did not get discouraged because of the crowd.
He shouted even more to get the Lord’s attention.
He was still acknowledging the Lord as King.
He became the center focus of the crowd and the Lord.
Very interesting that the Lord knew what he wanted but still asks that question.
“What do you want ME to do for you?”
BLIND BARTIMAEUS GETS HIS PLACE versesn42-43
He was not discouraged by the crowds, he was not afraid to shout louder, he was seeing the Lord by hearing HIM.
His faith was helping him all the way to stand before the Lord.
This guy gets his sight because of his faith in the LORD.
Blind Bartimaeus gets his place in the list of people healed by the Lord.
Spiritual blindness is of two kinds.
The spiritual blindness caused by sin.
These are the people who rejected the Gospel message.
But they never accepted salvation as a free gift from the Lord.
They rejected HIM, ridiculed HIM, and did not believe in HIM yet the Lord continues to provide opportunity to know HIM.
2 Cor 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
This spiritual blindness would lead that person eventually to eternal hell.
Spiritual blindness caused by a calloused heart
“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes.
We become spiritually dried up and no signs of joy in the Lord.
Such Christians, believers, lead a life without zeal for the Lord.
Their time is wasted, their talent is wasted, and their treasure is wasted
This moment the Lord is passing by and noticed one of us and asks what do you want ME to do for you.
What will be the response from us?