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Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!
Mark 10:
Mk 10:46-52
Mark 10:46-52
Very few things in life are more discouraging than being marginalized to the wayside.
Whether the marginalization is the result of discrimination or subconscious choices, some folks are nudged or left by the wayside, the result is something of a them and us.
In most cases never the twain meet.
Most generations of students have something of the “in”, “jocks”, “hit the books”, “Nerds & Geeks”, “skaters”, “smokers”, “partyers” etc. Being welcomed by one or more of those wholesome groups really helps.
For me, it was a consistent home room from grades 10-12.
It didn’t hurt that the summer of grade 11, I got my driver’s licence and having grown over 6” in less than year, I became fairly good at the 1/4 and 1/2 mile in tract and field.
Sometimes even churches develop grouping that unconsciously or deliberating exclude and marginalize others.
Events or groupings that seem to exclude - young couples with families, how children are educated, those who don’t come to certain services might not been seen as spiritual, church families/believers and their children sometimes see those who are not as to be needing to be kept at a distance, doctrinally groupings.
Ironically, sometimes those who are on the outside looking in, more easily understand their sin that separates them from God who is holy.
In the Scriptural account before us today, Bartimaeus, who have been marginalized to the wayside was all too aware of his need of mercy and cried out repeatedly “have mercy on me!” - that as compared to “Jesus, I pray that you are encouraged that you are encouraged that those whom I have a Bible study with don’t get to those sinners on the wayside.
Some times we go out of our way not to get close enough to share the Gospel with them.
Context -
On the road to Jerusalem - 10:32; 11:1
Up to Jerusalem - because of elevation - 2,550 feet above sea level - from all directions - up
Law - every adult male within 15 miles - 24 km of Jerusalem must attend the passover.
Amazed - at Jesus resolution to go to Jerusalem
“Travelling to Jerusalem to worship implied a rejection of the rituals of Mount Gerizim and a contempt for Samaritan worship.”
(MacArthur Study Bible)
Those who followed afraid - Greek sentence makes it clear that this was a group other than the disciples - pilgrims on way to Jerusalem for the passover.
They probably sensed the unrest and tension and were afraid.
Jesus foretold His death a 3rd time - 8:31; 9:31; 10:33-34
Jesus foretold His resurrection a third time - 8:31; 9:31; 10:34
Request of James and John - - their mother -
Mother accompanied them and spoke first
Probably Jesus’ aunt to hoping to capitalize on position because of family ties.
Rather than concern of death of Jesus - can we be on either side of you - relegate Peter to 3rd place 2nd tier
No sense of what request really - you do not know what you are asking
Salvation of Zaccheus -
Luke records the healing of a blind man as they approached Jericho
Zacchaeus - seeking to see who Jesus was.
Jesus called, Zacchaeus received Him joyfully.
I must stay at your house today.
When they, the crowd saw it, they grumbled - He is gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.
Zacchaeus confession -1/2 of my good to the poor - if I have defrauded anyone restore 4 fold - obviously honest but sensed own sin.
“Today salvation has some to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.”
2. Bartimaeus - What he heard and cried -
Son of Timaeus
Blind beggar - sitting by the roadside
No one in the crowd included him - visually crippled - at the side of the road begging - perhaps thought - a crowd of religious pilgrims who among others should be more charitable - but that not usually the case - man who fell among thieves - - priest and Levite both of whom passed by on the other side of the road.
Final healing miracle - affirmed Jesus’ Messianic status - setting the stage for events in chapters 11 & 12 where Jesus divine authority was questioned by religious leaders in Jerusalem
Came to Jericho
Attached to the priesthood were 20,000 priests and as many Levites - many lived in or around Jericho
Many in the crowd that day going to Jerusalem and whether on duty at the passover
Heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth
What Bartimaeus lacks in eyesight he makes up for in insight.
Nazareth - 110 km north of Jerusalem - west of south end of Sea of Galilee - long ways from Jericho
unfavorable reputation -
Jesus of Nazareth reference re first and last miracle in Mark - 1:24; 10:47
This is the Jesus of Nazareth who heals - first time to Jericho - have mercy on me.
Cried, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!
Jesus, Son of David - common Messianic title used only in the synoptics
God had promised to raise up an offspring of David to establish the throne of his kingdom for ever - warrior king who will punish sinners.
Here refers to one who will have mercy on them.
Matthew’s genealogy demonstrated the Jesus Christ - Messiah - son of David, son of Abraham
Mark like Luke and John stressed that Jesus was the Son of God.
Lk 135
Bartimaeus’s determined hailing of Jesus as “Son of David” carries explicit messianic overtones and shows that he looks to him as the Messiah who can bring healing and wholeness.
Many rebuked him
MANY rebuked him
For the first time the crowd rebuked individuals from crying out to Jesus.
Jesus himself had commanded some whom He healed to tell no one
Religious leaders had sown discord and doubt
The disciples themselves had turned away those bringing children
- Cried all the more, Son of David, have mercy on me!
Nothing could silence Bartimaeus!
But nothing can silence Bartimaeus; indeed, opposition only fans the flame of his persistence.
The kingdom of heaven, it has been said, is not for the well-meaning but for the desperate.
Bartimaeus is desperate, and his desperation is a doorway to faith.
Cried all the more, Son of David, have mercy on me!
3. Jesus - What He said and did -
Jesus - stopped/call him
Original Greek - stood still
On these words hung the fate of Bartimaeus!
How remarkable that the Son of Man allows the cries of a poor and powerless person to stop him in his tracks
He stands for Bartimaeus as he will later stand for Stephen (Acts 7:56)
To the crowd - you rebuked him, now you you call him
Crowd - “Take heart, Get up, He is calling you.
Bartimaeus - Having thrown off his cloak, having sprang up , came to Jesus
Bartimaeus throws off his cloak, jumps to his feet, and comes to Jesus.
“Cloak” translates the Gk.
himation, the outer robe that ancients wore over an inner nightshirt-like garment called a chitōn.
The crowd may silence Bartimaeus, the townsfolk may begrudge him a place to beg, but faith such as this goes not unrewarded.
Jesus - “What do you want me to do for you?”
This is the same question he asked of the sons of Zebedee (v.
36), but Bartimaeus responds differently; whereas the Sons of Thunder asked for extraordinary glory, Bartimaeus asks only for ordinary health.
Surely Bartimaeus’s need should be obvious to Jesus.
The most practical response would be for Jesus to heal him and be on his way.
But for Jesus, Bartimaeus is not a problem to be dealt with.
Jesus will not do something to him, but something with him.
He responds to the blind man not as an “It” but as a “Thou,” to use the language of Buber, by asking him a question, thus allowing him to express himself as a person rather than apologizing for himself as a social problem or victim.
Blind man/Bartimaeus - “Rabbi, let me recover my sight/”
Rabbi - Greek - Rabbouni - practical never used in address - used in intimate conversation and prayer - used by Mary
In humble trust Bartimaeus asks not for wealth, power, or success, but only for sight; he asks not to be superhuman, but simply human.
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