By: Darrelyn L. TuttToday's Meditation: Mark 10:46-52"And they came to Jericho: and as He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, 'Jesus, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.'And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, 'Thou son of David, have mercy on me.'And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, 'Be of good comfort, rise; He calleth thee.'And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 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."Mark 10:46-52------Ladder Rung: M1046KM and K are the first and last letters of Mark.Selection of words to aid in memory:Muscle Knot.A "muscle knot" is a massive "knot" on a large heavy climbing rope that gives an individual a hand hold, then a short "sitting hold", and finally a foothold to the next knot up.A muscle knot is an "enablement" aid on the climb upward.Bartimaeus is a "muscle knot" who engages us on our journey upward and gives us a better grasp and look at Jesus.10:46 is our reference.At 10:00 AM we'll rehearse our passage x4.At 6:00 PM we'll go at it again.-----There are so many "notables" about this individual named Bartimaeus that it's difficult to simmer down and settle on one or two. For starters, the "Blind Bartimaeus" is going to be replaced with "Bold Bartmaeus" which lends itself to a far more worthy descriptive of this individual. Bartimaeus had better vision than all the people put together and, none appear more blind to me, than the folks who attempted to silence him.Utilizing his voice, bold Bartimaeus pays no attention to the men bent on quieting him and raises his voice to the One who has the power to deliver him.His goal remains singular and impossibly undeterred.Bartimaeus compels us to "leave off" worrying about all others and remain heaven-bent on our journey upward. Focal point determines foot movement and Bartimaues had one:It was Jesus.-----The other notable attribute is his cry for mercy."Jesus, Thou son of David, have mercy on me." (x2)Bartimaeus is not crying out for his eyesight to be restored here ... he's crying out for mercy. It's the "mercy call" that echoes and sounds off in me.It's my call also ...Jesus, Thou son of David, have mercy on "me." (x3)The next four words are some of the most demonstrative, forcible words in this passage:"And Jesus stood still." (vs.49)Mmmm ...Everything comes to a standstill because of one individual's unrelenting cry for mercy.Mercy makes Jesus stands still,Mercy makes voices subside;Mercy makes blind people see,Mercy pulls Jesus aside.Jesus cannot refuse the cry for mercy because to do so would negate His very nature.Mercifully, Jesus calls for Bartimaeus and masterfully and magnificently restores and heals his impaired eyes and encourages and rewards His 20/20 faith.Bold Bartimaeus is now Gold Bartimaeus:Rich in mercy, grace, and faith.The byproduct of calling out for mercy is the reception and filling of mercy.Make your voice be heard;Call for mercy. Jesus will stand still ... for you.-----Holy and Merciful Father,What have I to do with Thee that Thou shouldest love me?Who am I and what am I that Thy loving favor and merciful presence should attend to me?I am a beggar in need of mercy;And it is enough.Thou hast stood still ... For me.Thou hast heard my cry for mercy and honored me.With adoration and adulation my soul magnifies Thee.Let Thy mercy have its way within my life and let the lives of those who need it draw near to Thee with full receiving from Thee.For mercy's sake ... Make me a merciful vessel.Amen.
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