“Your faith has healed you” Mark 10:46-52

Mark 10:46-52 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the 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.
Marco 10:46-52 «Poi giunsero a Gerico. E come Gesù usciva da Gerico con i suoi discepoli e con una gran folla, il figlio di Timeo, Bartimeo, cieco mendicante, sedeva presso la strada. 47 Udito che chi passava era Gesù il Nazareno, si mise a gridare e a dire: «Gesù, Figlio di Davide, abbi pietà di me!» 48 E molti lo sgridavano perché tacesse, ma quello gridava più forte: «Figlio di Davide, abbi pietà di me!» 49 Gesù, fermatosi, disse: «Chiamatelo!» E chiamarono il cieco, dicendogli: «Coraggio, àlzati! Egli ti chiama». 50 Allora il cieco, gettato via il mantello, balzò in piedi e venne da Gesù. 51 E Gesù, rivolgendosi a lui, gli disse: «Che cosa vuoi che ti faccia?» Il cieco gli rispose: «Rabbunì, che io recuperi la vista». 52 Gesù gli disse: «Va’, la tua fede ti ha salvato». In quell’istante egli recuperò la vista e lo seguiva per la via.”
     This is the last recorded healing miracle in Mark. Mark gives a lot of details about this man including his name and the Aramaic meaning. An interesting aside is that there were two cities called Jericho (the old and the new). Matthew and Luke provide slightly different stories but Mark gives the specifics. Bartimaeus was probably well known on this road. Mostly likely his outspoken character is what got the attention of Jesus.
     He shouts to Jesus and when the disciples and other followers tell him to be quiet, he shouts even louder. His words “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” is taken from the Psalms and it is the first time in Mark where Jesus is called “Son of David”. Bartimaeus’ desperate cry caught the attention of Jesus and He used the opportunity, once again, to not only heal a blind man, but also to rebuke His followers by saying “Call him!” In essence, He told them they were blinder than Bartimaeus. In order to correct their error, the followers tell Bartimaeus to cheer up, get on his feet and go to Jesus. Bartimaeus not only jumped up but he also threw his cloak aside. Beggars would spread their cloaks out before them to collect alms. But his money was less important than an appointment with Jesus. He addresses Jesus as “Rabbi” (My Master or My Lord) and tells Him that he wants to see. Like others who Jesus healed, Jesus simply says “your faith has healed you.” Bartimaeus’ faith didn’t come by merely crying out to Jesus: he believed in the object of his faith (Jesus, Son of David)! After hearing about Jesus, he saw his opportunity and nothing would stop him. Immediately after receiving his sight, Bartimaeus became a follower of Jesus.
Pray with me: Lord, I read about the actions of a blind man who was so desperate to be healed that he was willing to forego his only means of support in order to meet Jesus. Help me to learn from his simple act of faith as I trust You in all my situations.

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