Slide 2: 46 And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside.
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; rise, he is calling you.”
50 And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus.
51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.”
52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way. The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.
10:46-52 The Blind Bartimaeus : 10:46-52 The Blind Bartimaeus They came to Jericho.
Just like the woman from Tyre Bartimaeus persisted.
Bartimaeus may have been blind but he was the only one in the crowd that truly saw Jesus as his Savior
Slide 4: In order to avoid the hills and people of Samaria travelers would cross the Jordan into Perea, as did Jesus and his disciples on their way to Jerusalem.
The story of Bartimaeus takes place at Jericho a city of trade and a resort rebuilt by Herod the Great.
Beggars were common in most cities.
For the most part employment of the day involved physical labor so if you had a disability you were not hired.
Your only options were starvation or begging.
The Torah spoke about poverty in Leviticus 25:35 when it said, “35 “And if your brother becomes poor, and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall maintain him;”
Blindness was considered a curse from God for sin (John 9:2), but Jesus prove false this idea when he healed the blind.
Slide 5: Notice how both Bartimaeus and the Canaanite women recognized Jesus as the Messiah but the chief priest in fact all religious leaders chose not to give him credit for being the Messiah.
In both cases they were rebuked because they prayed, both were rewarded for their faith and in both cases those who rebuked them became silent when their prayers were answered.