Blind Man and Jesus (Part II): Cry Out to God
Even though Bartimaeus called out, many were rebuking him. Bartimaeus has deep hunger, and he kept crying out all the more, continued to seek God, even when there were blockages. He deeply longed for God's mercy.
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Many things come in our way, but still if we have this desire, we will push on. When there is opposition, then we cry out more desperately. God doesn't just walk on but responds to the blind man.
Bartimaeus shouted, "have mercy on me". This is humility. He is not showing Jesus his resume. God responds to the one who is really longing for God's grace.
Our righteousness is like filthy rags. Do we come to God empty handed and as we are?
This is the kind of heart, God was looking at us - we as poor blind people begging with no hope and direction.
Many of us have some form of holiness. However, more important is that if we don't have this humble and broken heart, then everything else is a hypocrisy. We are always in the debt of love from God, always seeking mercy, always seeking grace from God.
Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."
So this part is very graceful for us. He finally responds to the cry of Bartimaeus. When we are in the path of faith, when we don't see any direction, or in a dry phase - we should cry out to God. Heaven is always open, and God is eager to provide our every need. He is our merciful Father.
This part is really about prayer. From his heart, he was communicating with the Lord. When you seek God especially in our suffering, heaven is ready to answer. As children of God, we have this privilege of prayer. He responds to our suffering.
We are also showing to Satan that earlier we were outside, but now we are children of God, and God is listening to our prayer.
Prayer is really the gift for children of God, and we have to use this gift.
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 received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Here, throwing of the cloak is a symbolism. The beggar's cloak is smelly - from his past life. For us it can mean evil habits and thoughts, and bad emotions - full of secular things. That was the cloak we found comfort in - wrapped around us and went everywhere with us.
Now he received calling of God, and now Bartimaeus doesn't need that cloak. He is coming face to face with Jesus. He met Jesus and immediately threw away the garment. "I don't need this robe. I will wear the one that Jesus will give me."
This is hard for some people. We want to make this hybrid relationship with God. He is asking for whole of your life.
We should leave our mat behind and meet up and stand with the Lord. This is definitely necessary. Then we can truly receive the new self that God wants to give us.
Even though it is scary, but by faith we go on to take on the beautiful promises that God has prepared for us. Then we can receive the brand new grace. Then surely we can quickly respond to God, and receive great grace much faster.