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Mark 10: 46 - 52 > Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus

 Jesus  heals  blind  Bartimaeus
  Mark  10: 46 - 52          ( King James Version ) 
   And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highwy side begging.
Verse 47 >    And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
Verse 48  >   And many charged him that he should hold his peace, but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
Verse 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.
Verse 50  >    And he, casting away his garment, rose and came to Jesus
Verse 51 >    And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?   The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
Verse 52 >  And jesus said unto him, Go they way, thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
   Luke 18: 35 - 43        ( same story as in Mark 10 ) 
  And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
v. 36  >  And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
v. 37  >   And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
v. 38  >    And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
v. 39  >   And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more. Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
v. 40  >  And Jesus stood and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near he asked him,
v. 41  >  Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
v. 42  >  And Jesus said unto him, Receive they sight: thy faith hath saved thee. 
v. 43  >  And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
Very Similar story in Matthew 20: 30 - 34
Text  Quoted  in  Spirit of Prophecy
It is only when the sinner feels the need of a Saviour, that his heart goes after the One who can help him. When Jesus walked among men, it was the sick that wanted a physician. The poor, the afflicted and distressed, followed after him, to receive the help and comfort which they could not find elsewhere. Blind Bartimaeus is waiting by the wayside; he has waited long to meet Christ. Throngs of people who possess their sight are passing to and fro, but they have no desire to see Jesus. One look of faith would touch his heart of love, and bring them the blessings of his grace; but they know not the sickness and poverty of their souls, and they feel no need of Christ. Not so with the poor blind man. His only hope is in Jesus. As he waits and watches, he hears the tread of many feet, and he eagerly inquires, What means this noise of travel? The by-standers answer that "Jesus of Nazareth passeth by." With the eagerness of intense desire, he cries, "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me!" They try to silence him, but he cries the more vehemently, "Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!" This appeal is heard. His persevering faith is rewarded. Not only is physical sight restored, but the eyes of his understanding are opened. In Christ he sees his Redeemer, and the Sun of righteousness shines into his soul. All who feel their need of Christ as did blind Bartimaeus, and who will be as earnest and determined as he was, will, like him, receive the blessing which they crave.  {RH, March 15, 1887 par. 3}
We have felt the power and blessing of God for a few weeks past. God has been very merciful. He has wrought in a wonderful manner for my husband. We have brought him to our great Physician in the arms of our faith, and like blind Bartimaeus have cried. 'Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on us;' and we have been comforted. The healing power of God has been felt. All medicine has been laid aside, and we rely alone upon the arm of our great Physician. We are not yet satisfied. Our faith says, Entire restoration. We have seen the salvation of God, yet we expect to see and feel more. I believe without a doubt that my husband will yet be able to sound the last notes of warning to the world. For weeks past our peace has been like a river. Our souls triumph in God. Gratitude, unspeakable gratitude fills my soul for the tokens of God's love which we have of late felt and seen. We feel like dedicating ourselves anew to God."  {2SG 202.2}   {RH, January 10, 1856 par. 11}
As the branch must abide in the vine to obtain the vital sap which causes it to flourish, so those who love God and keep all His sayings must abide in His love. Without Christ we cannot subdue a single sin or overcome the smallest temptation. Many need the Spirit of Christ and His power to enlighten their understanding, as much as blind Bartimaeus needed his natural sight. "As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me." All who are really in Christ will experience the benefit of this union. The Father accepts them in the Beloved, and they become objects of His solicitude and tender, loving care. This connection with Christ will result in the purification of the heart and in a circumspect life and faultless character. The fruit borne upon the Christian tree is "love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance."  {4T 355.1}
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Mark 10: 46 - 52
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