Jesus and some of his disciples had spent some time in Jericho, where Jesus preached. Here, as in many towns and villages that Jesus visited, large crowds of people gathered around him or followed him, wanting to hear him or be healed by him.
Unaware that Jesus was coming, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus sat on the side of the road. Although he could not see, his ears told him there were many people around, and he hoped they would feel sorry for him and give him money.
But he heard something else in the crowd noise, too. The name “Jesus.” When he realized that Jesus was the reason for the crowd, became excited. He had heard the stories of what wonders Jesus had performed. Maybe Jesus would do something wonderful for him. “Jesus,” he called out, “Son of David, have pity on me.”
Many who were in the crowd told the dirty beggar in tattered clothing to be quiet. But that did not stop him. He called out again and louder. “Son of David, have pity on me.”
When Jesus heard his name being called out, he stopped and looked around to see who had called him. Jesus said to his disciples, “Call him.”
Some of the disciples made their way through the crowd until they reached Bartimaeus. They reached down and took him by the hands and said to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.” Bartimaeus threw off his cloak, and stood up. Then he went with the disciples to meet Jesus.
Jesus looked at Bartimaeus, who could not see him in return, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus said simply, “Master, I want to see.”
Without hesitation, Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately Bartimaeus received his sight. Instead of going away, he stayed and followed Jesus with the rest of the crowd.
After Jesus had separated from the people and was once again alone with his disciples, he sent them into a village where he told them they would find a colt tied up. Jesus planned to ride the colt into Jerusalem, and he knew the colt’s owner would gladly loan it to him.
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Mark 10 and 11
1. What did Bartimaeus call Jesus?
2. What did Bartimaeus want Jesus to do for him?
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