Who would quit begging for mercy?

Matthew Bible Background

03.05.2017 – New Testament: Mark 10.46–48

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 10.32–52 on March 5, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

A man sat begging outside of Jericho. When the man heard that Jesus of Nazareth passed by, watch what he did,

Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10.46–48). 

If you were blind, and you heard that Jesus of Nazareth was walking by, would you cry out to Him for mercy that you might see? If people in the crowd, thinking they were showing Jesus reverence, told you to be quiet, would you cry out even more for Jesus to show you mercy? I think I know the answer to both questions.

Now what about your soul? Does it need the mercy of Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

Questions:

  • What does your soul need from the Lord?
  • Do you know what to do to have Him help you?

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