Mark Chapter Ten part 9, A study of Mark 10:46, Mark 10:47 - 49a, and Mark 10:49b - 52 featuring our Common Man's Commentary and study quiz

Mark 10:46

"Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means 'son of Timaeus'), was sitting by the roadside begging." NIV translation

As the procession to Jerusalem continued, they left Jericho. Along the road was a blind man begging and we see that he was the son of Timaeus which means "highly prized".  

Mark 10:47 - 49a

"When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!' Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me!' Jesus stopped and said, 'Call him.'" NIV translation

The blind man cried out for Jesus to help him but the crowd wanted him to be quiet. Bartimaeus would not be denied and cried out even more. Jesus stopped and had the disciples get him. This was a chance for Jesus to physically demonstrate the relationship between the law and love. According to the Law, the people were legally required to help the man to get food. In love, Jesus stopped to give him much more than money or a bite to eat.

Mark 10:49b - 52

"So they called to the blind man, 'Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you.' Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 'What do you want me to do for you?' Jesus asked him. The blind man said, 'Rabbi, I want to see.' 'Go,' said Jesus, 'your faith has healed you.' Immediately he recovered his sight and followed Jesus along the road." NIV translation

When called, the blind man immediately jumped up and approached the Lord. When asked what he wanted, Bartimaeus boldly stated that he wanted his sight back. Like Bartimaeus, we are also "highly prized" and can boldly ask the Lord for what we require. He did not give any reasons for his deserving the help but instead simply trusted in the love and mercy of Jesus. By the words of Jesus, it was granted to him and he followed Jesus. In this, we see that the law of love involves action. 

Mark Chapter Ten Study Quiz