Now certainly I know that I am not alone in this experience… allow me to ask you a few questions: Have you ever been in that place? Confident of your actions in completing a certain thing or beginning a certain task/endeavor until you shared your goals with another? Did you allow their negative chatter to cause you to question and doubt your assignment too long? Did it bring you to a complete stop? If so then today’s lesson is absolutely for you!
Join me as we examine the biblical account of one blind beggar and how he used the negative chatter of others to push him all the harder into action.
Luke 18:35-42 – 35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. 36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” 42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
In the Gospel according to Luke, chapter 18, we find our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, coming near Jericho on His way to Calvary’s cross. It is here that we are introduced to a nameless blind beggar, in Luke’s account, that wisely chose to ignore the negative warnings of others to obtain his healing.
35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging.
First let’s take notice of the wording, which God inspired our writer Luke to use. “Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho.” These words are words of excitement as if to say this moment in time had been anticipated from the very start. Some theologians propose that it is probable that Luke was one of the seventy disciples, and a follower of Christ when he was here upon earth – and being so, my point is: It was all likely that he knew in his heart that this scene was just another predestined (predetermined) opportunity for our Lord Jesus to demonstrate His divine power in love!
Additionally, observe how our writer Luke, being referred to as a physician by the Apostle Paul in (Colossians 4:14) selected not to focus on the man’s name but solely on his medical condition: he was a blind man. Please feel free to reference the account according to the Gospel of Mark, which provides the same historical event, but furnishes us the blind man’s name, which was “blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus” Mark 10:46.
Now Luke not only describes the man as blind but he also provides us insight into this man’s financial status by telling exactly what he was doing when this event took place: sat by the road begging, which means he was also poor and relying on the charity of others.
What a grand symbol of the darkened spiritual state of mankind, before the saving grace of God through His Son, Christ Jesus is administered to our case. Truth: we are all blind and poor until Christ brings His light into the darkness of our souls which are like filthy rags and offers us His garments of righteousness.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
Despite being both blind and poor, his condition did not eliminate his use of his other senses. Did you notice how he perceived through his hearing that something out of the ordinary was stirring around him? This stirring commotion prompted him to be inquisitive into the matter; so in humility, he wisely chose to ask others to use the one thing which he lacked (sight) to provide him an image into the happenings. In doing so he was able to hear the good news that, “Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.”
Treasure Point: How often do we become so overwhelmed and desensitized to the world stirring around us when we solely focus on what we do not have verses using what we do have? Here are two grand examples that teach the importance of using that which remains in good health and the extreme benefits of placing ourselves in the way of humility to ask for help when necessary.
Consider for a moment the extreme loss this blind man would have experienced if he had selected to cover his ears in anger from hearing since he had no sight. Certainly he would have missed the GOOD NEWS!
38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Thank God we are told that upon hearing this good news this blind man recognized the opportunity that was being presented to him and clearly he wasn’t about to allow it to slip away! Through the use of another agent of his health, his voice, we are told with a fervent (zealous) cry (howl) he made a personal petition in faith to Jesus, while professing Him to be the fulfillment of prophecy, the promised Messiah of the seed of David.
2 Samuel 7:14-16 – 14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. 15 But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”’”
Treasure Point: It is the same for us; we should make good use of all opportunities to cry out to Jesus, attributing to Him the fullness of His deity. Hear the question below in Mark 8:29 posed to Peter, by Jesus:
Mark 8:29 – He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”
Chose today to answer His timeless call!
39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
We can only imagine how this blind man felt. Certainly he in no way could have thought that the crowd would have sought to silence him with warnings to be quiet… For didn’t they see his condition? Didn’t they know who was on the scene?
Given that this blind beggar had just communicated his faith in Jesus being the promised Messiah, we can rest assured that he was also familiar with prophecies foretold by the Old Testament prophets in great detail about the coming of the Messiah:
Prophecy: “And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 29:18–19).
Prophecy: “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert” (Isaiah 35:5–6).
Again we can thank God that it didn’t matter, for he knew! Therefore despite the opposition and rebuke he cried out all the more (even louder), Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!
Now hear the words of our Saviour to him:
40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” 42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Never allow the negative chatter of others to detour you from seeking Jesus! Always pursue God and the tasks, which God has personally assigned under your care to perform! Just like you have witnessed in our lesson today; not only will you receive your petition within the will of God, but you will be blessed in receiving intimacy with Him, while having the privilege of glorifying Him in the end.
Additionally others who witness what God has done through and in you, will also be compelled to give praise to God!