Mark 10:46-52 46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 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!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
1. Study through Mark 10:46-52 together. Does anything stand out to you?
2. What thoughts, attitudes, or worldview do you think allowed this crowd of people to pass by Bartimaeus and even try and silence him? How does Jesus challenge the way the world labels people undesirable or detestable?
3. Why is it sometimes easy to overlook individuals while we are trying to accomplish great things for the kingdom of God? What role does pride play in this? How should what Jesus taught the disciples in Mark 10:42-45 have instructed them to not overlook such people like Bartimaeus?
4. What does Jesus promise to the hopeless and helpless in Luke 4:18-19? How does this describe some in particular yet all of us in general?
5. What can we learn from Bartimaeus about how to receive Jesus’ mercy?
6. Why does Bartimaeus’ “way” become the way of Jesus? What can we learn from this man’s example of what our life after being saved will look like?
Our state before God on our own is so terrible we are said to be “dead in our sins.” Yet hope remains, because there is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.
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