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Weekly Sermon - 22 Jul 18                                 

Blind Bartimaeus
(Mark 10:46-32)

Speaker: Rev Peter Tan
 
(56 minutes)
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Sermon Outline

.    Introduction

1.  The Conditions of Bartimaeus

2.  The Cries of Bartimaeus

3.  The Call of Bartimaeus

4.  The Cure of Bartimaeus

.    Conclusion

Introduction

Mark 10:46 "And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging."

Jericho was a City of Palms and perfumes;

Jesus' second and last trip to Jericho on His way to Jerusalem;

This would be the last opportunity for Bartimaeus.

1. The Conditions of Bartimaeus

Mark 10:46 "And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging."

He was physically handicapped, unable to enjoy the sight of beautiful Jericho;

He is economically poor, unable to indulge in the pleasures of Jericho.

2. The Cries of Bartimaeus

Mark 10:47 "And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me."

Though he is blind, he is not deaf - he could hear about Jesus;

His cries were acknowledgement of his own helplessness, miseries and unworthiness.

None else could help now but God alone!

Mark 10:47 "And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me."

Note the emphasis of the title of Jesus - His royal and kingly rights, not just Christ's human name;

He seeks for mercy as he is at God's mercy;

His confidence in Christ's ability and power.

Mark 10:48 "And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me."

Outward oppositions and apathy to his pitiful conditions - none cared for him.

He is still persistent to have Christ's attention.

His faith is very active until he gets an answer.

3. The Call of Bartimaeus

Mark 10:49 "And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee."

Bartimaeus was not ignored nor neglected by Christ even in the midst of the crowd;

He was not despised by Christ though he was a beggar.

Christ will not pass over those who call out to Him.

Mark 10:50 "And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus."

His outer garment was his only comfort from the sand and the harsh weather conditions.

Nothing to hinder him from getting speedily to Christ;

Be ready to throw aside anything that may hinder our coming to Christ...our self-righteousness and sinful habits.

4. The Cure of Bartimaeus

Mark 10:51 "And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight."

Christ's offer to the blind man...what would you have asked?

Christ's availability and readiness to bless;

It's Now or Never...Christ never will pass this way again.

Mark 10:52 "And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way."

His immediate restoration of sight must be an act of God.

Faith in Christ is the means to this miracle;

"When he came there was no light; when he left there was no darkness."

Bartimaeus' Faith Displayed

(1) By his coming to Jesus;

(2) By his belief that Jesus was the Messiah, "Son of David";

(3) By his persevering against opposition;

(4) By his casting away all that hindered;

(5) By his obedience to Jesus when he was called;

(6) By his following and praising him after he was cured.

 

  

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