Psalm 137: 1-6 (7-9), 144; Exod. 10:21-11:8; 2 Cor. 4:13-18; Mark 10:46-52
Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more.” The “Many” in this statement - to me - directly represents the followers that have come with Christ on His journey to Jerusalem through Jericho. It is strange to think that followers of Christ, whom Bartimaeus is calling on for help, are attempting to quiet him. Would followers just ignore the pleas of others in order to continue on their journey with Christ?Christ then, as He does throughout His life, led by example. “Jesus stopped and said, 'Call him'” and His followers brought him forward. Funny how quickly they are ready to assist the needy once they see it is in the interest of Jesus. Then of course Jesus asked of Bartimaeus what he wanted, “Rabbi, I want to see” and after Bartimaeus could see, due to his faith in Christ, he followed him along the road.
So what can we learn from this? This concept could never apply to my daily walk with Christ, could it? At times, I feel as if we are the crowd following our Lord, only paying attention to what we are able to receive from Him and ignoring how He is able to help others. How many blind men have we passed by as they call out to the Lord as we ignore, mentally telling them to be quiet, so we could continue on our journey?
Lord, please guide us in our journey with you; allowing us to be able to see those who are in need, that we can bring them to you so that you can use their faith, and allow them to see and begin their journey with You. Amen.
Posted on Sat, March 27, 2010
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