Blind Bartimaeus

Mark 10:46-52

(Also found in Matthew 20:29-34 and Luke 18:35-19:1)

(Matthew reveals the presence of a second blind man.)

Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho.

As Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out.

Bartimaeus: Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.

Many told him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal.

Bartimaeus: Son of David, have mercy on me.

Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man.

Those who called Bartimaeus: Be of good comfort, rise; he calls you.

Bartimaeus, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

Jesus: What will you that I should do to you?

Bartimaeus: Lord, that I might receive my sight.

(Matthew says “that our eyes might be open.” )

Jesus: Go your way. Your faith has made you whole.

(Luke 18:42 says “…Receive your sight: your faith has saved you.”)

Bartimaeus received his sight, and followed Jesus on his way.

Luke adds, “glorifying God. When all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.”

Matthew 20:34 “And Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.