Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 28, 2018

Bartimaeus’ persistent exclamations – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 10:46-52.

“Then they *came to Jericho.  And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road.  When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.”  So they *called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up!  He is calling for you.”  Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus.  And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!”  And Jesus said to him, “Go;  your faith has made you well.”  Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.”  Mark 10:46-52.

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We would naturally expect a blind man to be slow, quiet, and depressed because of his condition.

But, Bartimaeus, a blind man, was quick, loud, and enthusiastic.

We see that although many were sternly telling him to be quiet, “he kept crying out all the more”.  Verse 48.

We see that when Jesus called him, “Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus.”  Verse 50.

We see his enthusiasm and his persistence in asking Jesus what he wanted, all of which were exclamations!  Verses 47, 48, and 51.

Jesus recognized and credited his persistent faith.  “And Jesus said to him, “Go;  your faith has made you well.”  Verse 52.

“Ask, and it will be given to you;  seek, and you will find;  knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:7-11.

“Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;  for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;  and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me;  the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed;  I cannot get up and give you anything.’  I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you;  seek, and you will find;  knock, and it will be opened to you.”  Luke 11:5-9.


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