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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Beggars were a common sight in most towns. Because most occupations of that day required physical labor, anyone with a crippling disease or disability was at a severe disadvantage and was usually forced to beg, even though God’s laws commanded care for such needy people. Blindness was considered a curse from God for sin, but Jesus refuted this idea when he reached out to heal the blind.
“Son of David” was a popular way of addressing Jesus as the Messiah, because it was known that the Messiah would be a descendant of King David. The fact that Bartimaeus called Jesus the Son of David shows that he recognized Jesus as the Messiah. His faith in Jesus as the Messiah brought about his healing. (NLT)
Mark10:46-52 – And so they reached Jericho. Later, as Jesus and his disciples left town, a great crowd was following. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road as Jesus was going by. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus from Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
“Be quiet!” some of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “Teacher,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”~
And Jesus said to him, “Go your way. Your faith has healed you.” And instantly the blind man could see! Then he followed Jesus down the road.
Joan Campbell (Gauteng, South Africa) titled her story “WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO FOR YOU?” Here is a portion of Joan’s story:
“. . . Often I do exactly what Bartimaeus did. I pray in vague terms, asking God to ‘bless’ my family or ‘pour out mercy’ on my country. But since taking time to reflect on this passage, I have been trying to pray in more specific ways. . . . My request wasn’t as big as the one Bartimaeus made, but God still faithfully answered my specific prayer.
“The story of Bartimaeus encourages us to bring all our requests to God, no matter how big or small they may be.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will pray for a specific need.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your love, faithfulness, and willingness to be involved in each of our lives. Amen.
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