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What He Really Asked For…

Mark 10:46-52
(46) 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.
(47) 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.
(48) 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.
(49) 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.
(50) And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
(51) 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.
(52) 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.

5. His call for help began with his call for mercy – vs. 47+ 48
What did Bartimaeus really want? He wanted mercy.  He showed wisdom by asking for mercy first. While this thought might be a little odd, understand that healing for him came through the vehicle of mercy from Jesus Christ, the Great Physician.  Not much is said, usually, about mercy in this story; but his healing came after he asked for mercy. Notice that the beggar was not fooled about his situation. So often our pride, stubbornness, etc… will prevent us from healing because in order for us to get the healing we need, we must first ask and beg for the Lord’s mercy.  Mercy is not getting the bad things that we really deserve.  Pride fools us into thinking that we are good and do not need mercy because we are good.  Remember this:
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
6. He overcame because Jesus had mercy on Him. – vs. 52
Do not fall for the trap that you do not need Jesus! We need Jesus! We cannot do what is needed with out His power, mercy, and grace! When Jesus stopped and summoned for Bartimaeus to come to Him, Jesus asked what he wanted.  Bartimaeus replied with a request to receive his sight. When we can show wisdom and in humility ask for mercy, we might be surprised as to what God might do for us!

When was the last time you asked for mercy? That’s right….YOU! When was the last time you asked for mercy? Make sure that you do not allow your pride to fool you into thinking that you are all good on your own and that you do not need mercy. I am not trying to be rude or unkind; I just want to point out that all of us need healing in some area of our life and we should start our request by asking for mercy!

7. The only one that really helped him was Jesus! – vs. 52
The only real help any of us get is from Jesus! Now before I get crucified; let me explain. I am not minimizing the importance of the human help that we get from others. I greatly appreciate all that has been given to me from others. I realize though that :
The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. (Proverbs 21:1)
All of the help that I have received from every human hand came because they were following the leading of the Lord! I really appreciate those people who follow the Lord’s leading. Some of you who might read this are ones that the Lord has blessed me with. I know most of you who read this and realize that you want to follow the Lord Jesus and that is why you do the good things that you do! But remember, our help comes from the Lord! God is so good to all of us and one of the evidences is the presence of good people in our lives. Real healing for Bartimaeus came only from Jesus when no other human would help him. We should remember that, when others fail us Jesus never will!

August 11, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Land Ho!

Here is the conclusion of the story:

Mark 6:53-56

(53)  And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.

(54)  And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,

(55)  And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.

(56)  And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.

While the story does not specifically state that the disciples were healed or had soft hearts, what we see is a safe landing and a continuation of service with Jesus.   The difference between this story and ones that happen today is the fact that they did not burn out or quit.  No one stopped trusting Jesus, no one committed suicide, no one turned back and went to their old ways, no one falsely accused Christ, etc…

The main differences between the success stories and failures of today are clearly seen by their actions.  Those who recover continue to serve, while those who have a hard heart quit.  I am not trying to be critical of the quitters, but much is to be learned by those who once had a hardened heart who are now serving again.  Much satisfaction and true Joy comes for those who overcome with Jesus rather than giving up and quitting.

I would also like to point out that their faith in Jesus was restored.  How do we know that?  By their actions!  The simple fact that they still followed Him shows that they trust Him deeply.  Remember how He calmed the storm that they were in?  They gave Jesus a chance to help them by calling out to Him in their trouble.  Let me encourage you today Christian to give Jesus a chance to help you in your hour of trouble.

The disciples saw more miracles and were part of more miraculous things because of the healing of their hard hearts.  What a great thought!  When you give Jesus a chance, He gives you more opportunities to serve Him when you get healed.  You get to be a part of many more miraculous things!

So much is at stake when are hearts become cold and hard.  Let me finish by encouraging you to do what the disciples did in this passage:

  • They obeyed by getting into the ship.
  • They continued on even when they could not see Jesus.
  • They were busy working; they did not give up.
  • They cried out to Jesus for help.
  • They let Him in their boat

 

Will you let Jesus calm your storm and soften your heart?

August 2, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , | Leave a comment