Special Sub-Topic: A Quick Look at the Bible's Bartimaeus
|What infirmity did Bartimaeus suffer from?|
Blindness. Bartimaeus was blind (Mark 10:46). He was one of several blind people in the New Testament who met with Jesus and regained their sight.
|In which community did Jesus encounter Bartimaeus?|
Jericho. In Mark 10:46, it states Jesus and His disciples, as well as a large crowd, encountered Bartimaeus in Jericho.
|In Mark 10:46, we are told the name of the father of Bartimaeus. What's the name?|
Timaeus. In addition to stating Bartimaeus was the son of Timaeus, the verse also states that he was sitting by the roadside, begging.
|In the NIV Bible, what words did Bartimaeus shout out to get the attention of Jesus as he passed by?|
"Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! ". In verse 47 of chapter 10, it states that Bartimaeus shouted acknowledgment of Jesus as the "Son of David."
|The term "Son of David" appears in the story of Bartimaeus, and also in Isaiah 11: 1-3, Jeremiah 23: 5-6 and Ezekiel 34: 23-24. What does the term mean?
It is a Messianic title used in the Old Testament.. This is the only place in the Gospel of Mark where the title "Son of David" is used.
|When Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus, what did the crowd do?
They rebuked him and told him to be quiet.. It appears the people who were with Jesus had no time for Bartimaeus (Mark 10:48). They saw him as a blind beggar who should be ignored.
|When Jesus heard Bartimaeus crying out, what did he say?|
"Call him.". When Christ told the people to call Bartimaeus over to meet with him, there was a noted change in the crowd. Just beforehand, they had been rebuking Bartimaeus when he was calling out to Jesus. (Mark 10:48). In the next verse, they told Bartimaeus: "Cheer up! On your feet! He is calling you!" It's as if Bartimaeus had suddenly been accepted by the crowd, since Jesus wanted to meet with him.
|When Bartimaeus met with Jesus, what title did he use to refer to Christ (New International Version)?|
Rabbi. This exchange is in Mark 10:51. In Hebrew, rabbi means "my teacher."
|Also in verse 10:51, what did Bartimaeus say he wanted to do?
"Rabbi, I want to see.". Blind Bartimaeus was to the point. Mark indicates Bartimaeus didn't waste any time telling Jesus what he wanted to achieve.
|Mark 10:52 states that "immediately", Bartimaeus gained his sight. What was the reason Jesus said Bartimaeus was healed?|
His faith. One can only imagine the sheer joy Bartimaeus must have experienced after gaining his sight. I can picture him giving Jesus a gigantic bear hug and lifting him up off the ground while the admiring crowd looked on.
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