By Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog Editor
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (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. Mark 10:46-52 (NIV)
Questions for Reflection:
- What did Bartimaeus do to draw Jesus’ attention? Recall a time when you approached God in a similar way.
- How did Bartimaeus answer Jesus’ question to him? If Jesus asked you what you wanted from Him today, what would you say to Him?
- What did Bartimaeus do once he could see? How has God opened your eyes to something recently? How have you responded?
Dear God and Master of the Universe, we beg you to open our eyes that we might see as you see. Keep our eyes focused on you and give us faith each day to trust you in every situation. May our response be pleasant in your sight. Amen.