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The next miracle in our series is Healing Blind Bartimaeus …This miracle is recorded for us in Mark 10:46-52.

Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a multitude following Him, He passed by a blind beggar named Bartimaeus sitting by the highway.  The blind man cries out to Jesus asking Him for mercy and desiring that he be healed.  Many who were following Christ called for the man to stop his cries.  But this only caused him to cry out more.  Jesus responds asking for the blind man to be brought to him.

The miracle is then performed…. “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. 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.”

This physical miracle performed by Christ teaches us a lesson about the greatest miracle that Christ performs for man, the miracle of salvation.  This is true in all of His healing miracles:

  1. When Christ heals someone who is lame; it is picturing that those who do not have a Godly walk, are given the ability to have a walk of service to Christ.
  2. When Christ heals one that cannot speak; it is picturing for us a lost man who brings dishonor to God through His speech. Once  they are saved, they are given a mouth      that is a witness bringing honor to His Lord.
  3. For those who have crippled hands and arms, they picture a lost man unable to serve God nor do His bidding.  Once they are saved, they are now given “new” arms of service for Christ.
  4. For those who are dead and then raised to life; this pictures one who was dead in trespasses and sins, at the Lord’s intervention is now given new spiritual life.
  5. This principle can be applied to ANY physical infirmity that is healed by Christ

In the miracle at hand, we find Christ healing one that was blind.  Please note he was a beggar who could do nothing to heal himself of the blindness that he suffered.  And he recognized he did not deserve the healing, this is why he begged asking for mercy to be shown.

This account presents to us the picture of a lost man who is blind to the truth of God’s Word….

2Cor 4:3-6 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

As you read and study God’s Word do you notice that you are understanding and learning His divine truths?  If so, praise the name of Christ, for it is through Him that you have received this truth!  Before you study do you take the time to ask God to open your eyes to His Word and apply it to your heart?  This is one of the best methods of preparing to read and study His Word.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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  1. cindyhfrench says:

    Rob, I love it that you always make me think of scripture in a little bit different way than I have always thought of. Thank you. and it you will see last night’s post I gave you anew award.

  2. So often it seems that Jesus healed those that were considered the ‘outcasts’ of society….the beggars and mentally ill and such…He is definitely saying we should not ignore those people either in this day and age…but reach out to them when we can….Diane

  3. terry1954 says:

    i agree, god’s examples are with the less fortunate. this should show us that god accepts each of us, not by the things we own, or the works we do, but who we are…………great blog today!

  4. I was blind. I was lame. I was dead. I was dead-dead. I had NO life and no power.

    “BUT GOD” – But God, who is rich in mercy, grace and love, stepped in to my life and revealed Himself to me. He gave me understanding. He showed me the Lord Jesus, paying the penalty for MY sin and He gave me LIFE – abundant Life here and now with Him, and the promise of eternal life with Him after this life.

    What an amazing God!

  5. Great thoughts on that! I love it when we can see His Salvation through his messages of healing.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      The Lord is so good to each one of us. One of the greatest blessings is that EVERY part of Scripture can teach us about Christ and His work…. we just have to take them in context to see Christ in them. Lord bless. Thank you for the kind words.

  6. Most excellent exposition, dear brother. I could not agree with you more. Bold, Biblical, and Blessed. I’ll be in that passage the Sunday after next. Lord bless you.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thank you for your kind words, brother. As we both know…. it is only through Christ that our ministries exist and hold forth the truth. May Christ be glorified in all things. Lord continue to bless your mninistry, brother. It is a continual source of blessings.

  7. Debbie says:

    Pastor Rob, I had never heard of it put this way and so am way blessed to gain a new insight into His healing and salvation! God bless you and thank you so much! 🙂 I love learning new things about Jesus!

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