4 major Moral lessons from the story of blind Bartimaeus.
The story of Blind Bartimaeus can be found in the New Testament of the Bible, specifically in the Gospel accounts of Mark (10:46-52), Matthew (20:29-34), and Luke (18:35-43). It narrates the encounter between Jesus and a blind man named Bartimaeus, highlighting the transformative power of faith and Jesus’ compassion.
The story takes place as Jesus is leaving Jericho, accompanied by His disciples and a large crowd. Sitting by the roadside, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, hears that Jesus is passing by. Filled with hope, he begins to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Despite the rebukes from those around him, Bartimaeus persists in calling out to Jesus even louder.
4 Powerful Lessons From The Story of Blind Bartimaeus
1. He casted away his old garment.
Blind Bartimaeus knew his change had come so he threw away his old garment. When you have receive your change if you’re not careful the fear of seeing that situation again can actually bring it back.
Some people are so comfortable with their challenges that when God takes that challenge away they find it difficult to completely forget about the situation. The consciousness of it stays with them for a while. That can be dangerous if you’re not careful.
Blind Bartimaeus knew he wasn’t going to sit there begging anymore, he knew he wasn’t going to be a blind man anymore. Therefore, at Jesus’s request to see him, he threw away everything that would remind him of his past.
When you give your life to Jesus Christ, there should be a change of garments. You shouldn’t entangle yourself with things that will remind you of your past life. Friends, places, and even clothes that will remind you of your past should be avoided.
Daddy E.A Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God once shared a testimony in one of the days of Open Heaven Daily Devotional; he said, “before he gave his life to Christ, His house used to be their bar. He had all manner of alcoholic drinks. So whenever the friends visit him, they enjoyed themselves.
When he gave his life to Christ he threw away all those alcoholic drinks, and replaced them with soft and non alcoholic drinks. One day his friends came to visit, and as usual he brought drinks for them but this time it was a different kind of drink. When they complained after having continued for 2 or more times, he told them that he no longer threads that path. That was how they stopped coming to his house.
Let it be known that something had happened to you. Let the change be visible. The bible said let your light shine so that all will see it all glorify God. Matthew 5:16
2. He Was Specific:
Blind Bartimaeus was very certain and specific about what he wanted. He didn’t mince words to say; Jesus you know I’m a blind man, I need my eyes to be open and I also need something to start my life all over again, and I will need a place of my own and so on. He was pretty straight forward.
That I May See. When approaching God you must be specific. A careful study on the life of Jesus, you’ll realize that for the majority of people he healed He asked them what they wanted. Except for cases where they already started their problems and even for the most of them He asked if they believe He could actually heal them.
This morning you’re asking for A, in the afternoon you’re asking for B, each time with something different. Some even say God you know my heart, just give me what you know is good for me.
Jesus knew he was blind and wanted sight. Of course, that will be the greatest desire of any blind man. Still He asked him what he wanted. Be specific, get one done and then you can now go for another.
3. He believed That Jesus could heal him completely
Though he was blind and could not see all the miracles of Jesus, he must have heard a lot about Jesus as one who was begging on the highway. So he must have said to himself, whenever Jesus passes by this area I will receive my healing.
He had already made up his mind for his healing before he heard Jesus was passing by. Just like the woman with the issue of blood. She had made up her mind that if she could touch the hem of his garment she would be made whole, and she got her healing.
You need to make up your mind for that healing, lifting, promotion, and breakthrough of any kind that you’re believing in, and take practical steps towards its fulfillment. Blind Bartimaeus had already prepared his mind even though he hadn’t seen anything Jesus did. When proper preparation meets opportunity the results are unlimited and instant.
4. Put Your Faith to Work, as faith without work is dead
It is good to believe in the healing power, or whatever area you’re believing in God for a change for. However, the question is what practical steps have taken to see that miracle or change that you desire?
Blind Bartimaeus made up his mind for his healing but it didn’t end there. He was waiting for an opportunity since he was a blind man who couldn’t help himself but had to beg to eat. But he believed one day he would receive his healing.
As soon as he heard it was Jesus, he knew his time had come. Then he had to put what he had believed to work. He didn’t tell anyone to help him tell Jesus that he was blind and needed healing. He shouted with everything in him.
“Jesus Son Of David Have Mercy On Me”
When the people that were with Jesus tried to shut him up he refused. He must have said, it’s either today or never. He shouted even more until Jesus heard and requested that he should be brought. That’s some radical faith.
Many of us are romancing our challenges. We’re not showing any sign that we’re really desperate for a change. We’re very comfortable with our situations and yet we complain. It is not your complaint that moves God. But your display of faith. When you put your faith to work, especially when it becomes radical, you get God’s attention very fast, and your healing or breakthrough becomes instant.
The woman with the issue of blood didn’t stop at wishing to touch the hem of His garment. But she pressed forward to touch, that’s taking your change in your own hands, that’s faith. Unlike blind Bartimaeus who couldn’t see and was waiting for Jesus to pass by. She could see, and the only thing stopping her was the multitude, she pushed through the multitude without minding if she was smelling, if she was going to touch someone with the blood. You know, there were no excuses. She was determined, and she pressed through and touched his garment and she was completely healed.
How desperate are you for your change? What practical faith steps have you taken concerning that change that you desire? Remember the bible says faith without works is dead. Also, Remember that the kingdom of heaven suffers violently and only the violent can’t take it by force.
The story of Blind Bartimaeus serves as an example for believers, urging us to come fearlessly to Jesus with our needs, to rely on His mercy, and to walk in step with Him as a disciple. It highlights the potential for life-altering effects when we cry out to God in sincere faith and submit to His will.
Until Jesus stands still, until your change comes don’t give up. It doesn’t matter how long it takes for Jesus to stand still on your behalf, keep pushing.
Mark 10:49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
Blind Bartimaeus must have been praying for Jesus to pass by for a long time. After hearing all the testimonies. When the day finally came he refused to be calm. Refuse to be calm, keep confronting every opposition to your change desperately until your change comes.