Bartimaeus 1, Crowd 0
They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and
a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus,
a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside.
When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he
began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy
Many sternly ordered him to be quiet,
but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of
David, have mercy on me!"
Jesus stood still and said, "Call him here."
And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take
heart; get up, he is calling you."
So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came
Then Jesus said to him, "What do you want me
to do for you?"
The blind man said to him, "My teacher, let
me see again."
Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made
Immediately he regained his sight and followed him
on the way.
This time it is the crowd, not the disciples, that
try to prevent someone from seeing Jesus. Perhaps the crowd was
well intentioned, trying to spare Jesus from being bothered by
a blind beggar, but they still missed the point. Bartimaeus calls
to Jesus, son of David, to have mercy on him. He knows Jesus can
heal him. He sees what the crowd does not. May we never be so
blind as to refuse to call on Jesus because we think he cannot
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