Pastor Ricky Page filled in for Pastor Miles this week to bring us a powerful message on Mark 10:46-52.
At the beginning of this passage, Jesus and his disciples arrive in Jericho where there is a beggar named Timaeus on the roadside.
Pastor Ricky taught us that during this time, people who were physically or mentally disabled would sit at the roadside and beg for food or money, hoping that people would take pity on them as they couldn't support themselves.
In Mark 10:47, Timaeus, this helpless blind man on the bottom of the social ladder, calls out to Jesus. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! This calling out to Jesus may not seem like a big deal, but these people had only heard about Jesus. Many still did not believe or understand who He was, but Timaeus had pure faith like a child's.
Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Mark 10:48
Many of us have experienced this type of silencing from the people around us. We try to achieve or express something about our hopes and dreams, yet others say that we can't do it or we shouldn't dream or hope for so much. But God reminds us that even the tiniest faith like a mustard seed can move mountains. He urges us to dream great dreams, remembering that because of Him, we accomplish these things.
In these Biblical times, the rebuking of the crowds would have been very harsh. Timaeus could even have been stoned to death for continuing to call out, and yet he follows the hopes of his heart by calling again, not heeding the criticism of others.
Mark 10:49-50 continues, So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you." And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
The throwing of Timaeus' garment is very important for two reasons:
- Remember, Timaeus is a beggar, so this garment probably the only thing that he owns. It shelters him from the cold and protects him from the sun. For Timaeus to give up his only worldly possession for faith, he must have believed he would receive something greater from our Lord.
- Jesus didn't tell this Timaeus to throw his garment. He only said to come. This emphasizes this man's faith in the Jesus.
So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" The blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight." Mark 10:51 Obviously, Timaeus would want to see again, but Jesus asks him to state his desires, cementing his faith in the Lord. Jesus wants to hear Timaeus ask for the miracle, and in the asking he is rewarded.
In Mark 10:52, Jesus says, Go your way; your faith has made you well. Timaeus can now see. He follows Jesus, his life fully changed by the exercising of pure faith.
Jesus wants to save us. He wants to help us. But we have to ask, and more importantly, we have to have faith that He can and will do it for us.
The word "seek" is a verb, an action. It is used over 700 times in the New Testament, meaning that we should seek out God. (And realize God's love for you; one-third of the time, the word "seek" appears in reference to God seeking us because he loves us.)