When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
You might not believe this, but most of my life I have been a shy guy preferring the quiet life. Despite my best attempts to avoid being in the centre of attention, my mum always encouraged me to speak up and be heard. Bullying at school made me withdraw further from the public eye, and it became a survival strategy for life. This part of my life equips me to understand the life of those rejected by society in Bible stories, such as Bartimaeus. Despite the time difference, society still behaves in the same cruel ways towards those it rejects as it did in Biblical times. In Jericho Bartimaeus was at the bottom of the heap, just above lepers. He was neither spoken to or expected to speak to anyone of importance.
As I said yesterday, Bartimaeus had heard the stories of Jesus and the miracles He performed on the sick and dead. Bartimaeus in his heart longed for such an opportunity, he might have prayed privately to meet Jesus. In his prime begging spot he heard all who passed by, can you imagine his excitement at hearing that Jesus was passing by him that day? He was in the right place at the right time…he had to seize the day before it was too late. Instantly Bartimaeus found the courage to speak up, in fact to call out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” His call was one of urgency, without embarrasment, but also one of humility addressing a King. Rather than demanding healing Bartimaeus sought mercy; “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The same people who had probably ignored and insulted him his entire life now told him to shut up; how dare he speak to a Rabbi! But courageously he persisted calling out to Jesus over the crowd.
Dear reader, Have you a need to bring before Jesus our Lord? Don’t be shy, He will hear your call above all the noise around you. As Bartimaeus did, ignore the negativity of the world and lift your voice to Jesus. He tells us clearly in Matthew 21:22 that “all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Believe Him today!