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TWO BLIND MEN, BLIND BARTIMAEUS THE BEGGER, or A BLIND BEGGER

 

Matthew 20:29-34 (NIV)                                           
29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us !" 31 The crowd rebuked them and told  them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 32 Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you  want me to do for you?" he asked. 33 "Lord," they answered, "we want our sight."  34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Mark 10:46-52 (NIV)                                                 
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was siring by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him.   The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." 52 "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

 

Luke 18:35-43 (NIV)

35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." 38 He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 "What do you want me to do for you ?" Lord, I want to see," he replied. 42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you." 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

 

 

BASIC QUESTIONS

1.     Identify as completely as possible the person in need (e.g., age, ethnic origin, religion, gender, social status).

 

2. What was the immediate, obvious need?

 

3. Who took the initiative in effecting the healing?

      The person in need?  Others?  Jesus?

      How was it expressed?

4.     Describe the actions or process leading to the healing that is, what was said (e.g., questions, requests, com­mands) and what was done (e.g., approaching, following, touching, publicly/privately), and by whom?

 

5.     Did the person in need or someone else verbally express faith? Non-verbally?   Describe how and by whom faith was involved in this healing.

 

6. What were the evidences that the person was healed?

 

7. What were the reactions to the healing?

 

8. What in this narrative led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need?

 

DIGGING DEEPER

 

1. Picture yourself there with Jesus who has been on his way to Jerusalem. Describe the scene.

2. What was the blind man doing, as Jesus approached, and what does his pleading say about him and about Jesus? 3. Are the others, following Jesus, supportive of the blind man? Why, or why not? 4. To whom is Jesus listening? the blind man or the crowd?

5.     In Mark's account, Bartimaeus throws off his cloak and jumps to his feet. Could this be saying something to us about how we approach Jesus for healing? Are there 'cloaks' we need to casts off?  What holds us back? Do we come to him 'jumping', expectantly?

6.     "He received his sight." Was this a physical healing? Spiritual healing? Emotional healing? Both? All three? In what way?

7.     Why does Jesus say, "Your faith has healed you"?

8.     How are other persons involved in this healing? How can we, similarly, participate in someone else's healing?

9.     How does the story end? Was the restoration of sight to the blind man all there was to it? When we get better as the result of prayer, do we stop there? What next?

10.What lesson(s) have you learned about healing from this account?