Scripture: Mark 10:49-52 “And Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way, your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.”
Observations: In Numbers 32, the clans of Gad and Reuben decide not to go to the Promised Land and to settle east of the Jordan. God allowed this as long as they agreed to fight for the rest of the Israelites. They did have to conquer Gilead first and then they built fortified cities for their families before they continued on. That had to take a while and it would have delayed the balance of the Israelites from settling. Chapter 33 recaps the journey of the Israelites to date. God laid out the rules for when the Israelites entered the promised land. They were to destroy idols, high places and drive out all the people living there. Some people see this as warlike, but God was trying to prevent what had happened earlier when the Midianites drew the Israelite men into worshipping Baal. In Mark 10, Jesus gave the rules for divorce. He reiterated the importance of children, and being Childlike in our faith. Kids naturally trust their parents to care for them. We need to be like that with God. We have the story of the rich man who hoped to buy his way into heaven. He had been following the law, but he loved his possessions more than he loved God. Jesus foretold his death for a third time. He went as far as to tell them he would be mocked, spit upon and flogged before he was killed. How could anyone be surprised when It happened? The sons of Zebedee asked if they could have the most important seats in heaven. Jesus told them they would be suffering, but that it wasn’t up to him, but that they should not be working for special seats but be serving mankind.
Application: Jesus could tell that Bartimaeus was blind. Why would he ask him what he wanted? I have two thoughts on this. The first is that the obvious may not be what we really want? I’ve known a blind man who a healer said could regain his sight, and he said he didn’t want it because he was afraid. I knew a lady confined to a wheel chair who came before a healer, who wouldn’t even try to stand, though the evangelist said he was sure she could. They came thinking they wanted healing, but they were not willing to claim that healing. Second, I think God wants us to ask for what we want. He wants us to voice it. He wants us to admit we trust Him to provide.
Prayer: Father God, we do trust you. Tonight I am going to speak out on something we really desire. We need the spirit of oppression removed from our family members and friends who are living with no hope. We need the spirit of addiction removed from their lives. We need them filled with the Truth of Jesus. We need them to take the first step to turn their lives over to Jesus. Father we trust you want to do this and we know you can do this. We pray this in the precious name of Jesus. By His stripes may they be healed! Amen
Tomorrow’s Readings: Numbers 34-36; Mark 11