Mark, John Mark, was so young … where did he get his information
But let me
first say this. The doctrine of the inspiration of the
Scriptures, the belief that they are God breathed, written from
above, does NOT require an eyewitness for any event. God the
Holy Spirit was present that day when Jesus restored Bartimaeus’
vision! He certainly told John Mark what to write, what to say,
about this grand miracle. That alone makes this account both
accurate … and inherently without error!
that Same Holy Spirit does use human instrumentality to deliver
I believe he
does so here.
If John Mark
did not see this event in person, how does he know such detail?
Peter 5:13 the Senior Apostle calls young John Mark his “son” in
the ministry! “The church that is at
Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth
Marcus my son.”
Peter told John Mark about everything he ever saw or heard Jesus
do or say!
In fact, I
counted the times Peter is mentioned, by name, in Mark’s
Gospel. Five times he is called “Simon,” his Jewish Name, which
means “one who hears with his ears.”
special name Jesus gave this disciple, Peter, is mentioned
nineteen more times! This name means "rock or stone."
times Simon Peter surfaces … two dozen, quite numerous for
a span of
only sixteen chapters!
fundamental conservative Bible Teachers believe that Mark’s
Gospel is really the written testimony of Simon Peter himself.
Of course the Book of Mark, inspired of God and perfect in every
way, is indeed written by the Lord God Himself. As Paul said in
2nd Timothy 3:16: “All scripture is
given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that
the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good
works.” This certainly includes the New Testament's
Peter's fingerprints are everywhere!
gave us this precious eyewitness record of Jesus’ thirty three
years on earth, also gives us one more key hint that Peter’s
testimony has played a very important part in the composition of
this Biography of the Lord.
speaking of a literary device called “inclusio.” By definition
this means the repeating of identical thoughts or places or
words or people at both the beginning and again at the ending of
a marked piece of literary work.
this technique … with reference to Peter!
Let me show
you what I mean.
Disciple called to follow Jesus, at least in Mark’s account, is
Peter! There he is! Read Mark 1:16-18.
“Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw
Simon and Andrew
his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you
to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their
nets, and followed him.”
Here’s the first bracket in the inclusion!
Then again in
the last chapter of Mark, chapter sixteen, we encounter Peter
for the last time. Jesus had by then been crucified, buried and
raised from the dead. The Angel in the tomb, the empty tomb,
gave instructions to three godly ladies, believers in Christ,
who had come to the graveside. Here’s the account.
“And entering into the sepulchre, they
saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long
white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them,
Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was
crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where
they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples
and Peter that he
goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he
said unto you.” Mark 16:5-7
Peter in the
Peter in the
our Gospels, as all the Bible, are right!
absolutely depend upon them, their lovely plan of salvation
based upon the Blood of Jesus, for entrance into Heaven!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
clearly portrays Jesus as One Who could work miracles. He did so
The Gospel of Mark records one
of the loveliest in chapter ten.
First of all the setting of the
event must be described. "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 highway side begging." Mark 10:46
means "a place of fragrance," is a city about 14 miles northeast
of Jerusalem. It was geographically much lower than the capital
city. Also Jericho was only five miles from the Jordan River.
Jesus is passing through the city here in our Text, on His way
to Jerusalem where He would die for our sins ... on the Cross of
Calvary. He has just been talking, earlier in chapter 10, about
being a minister or servant to others. He here, with Bartimaeus,
lives what He preaches!
Notice Jesus is
not alone as He travels. His "disciples" include no doubt the
Twelve. The noun "mathetes" means "learners or pupils or
students." But also remember that "a great number of people"
accompanied them too. It's "kai ochlos ikanos," meaning "and a
considerable crowd, a sufficient crowd!" These flocks of people
are on their way to Jerusalem to the Passover Festivities,
thousands upon thousands of them would be going as required by
the Law of Moses.
journeyed up the hill out of Jericho, a man was sitting by the
side of the road. A well-built Roman road ... parts of which
remain to this day.
means "son," which is "bar" in Hebrew ... son of Timaeus. Mark
does not usually give names. Here he does. Timaeus means defiled
or unclean! What a name! These names must fit into some kind of
a pattern here, a typological pattern!
The man is
blind. "Tuphlos" means without sight and is so used all 53 times
it appears in the New Testament. It of course can apply to
physical blindness or intellectual or for that matter spiritual
simply "hodos," a road or path or trail. Here it's a broad
highway obviously, with such crowds traversing it day after day.
In Bible days a "highway" was literally raised a few inches from
the ground. On a higher level than the mere earth. The pavement
was indeed elevated!
But lastly, in
this opening verse of the paragraph, Bartimaeus is "begging."
Blind men in
Scripture often resort to this ... of necessity! "Prosaiteo"
combines the verb for "asking, seeking, desiring" which is "aiteo,"
and "pros" which means "to or toward" or even "facing" someone!
By this being a present participle we can deduct that Bartimaeus
did this day after day and had done so for a long time!
Well, now we
have a blind beggar, a sinner too no doubt ... and an
approaching Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ!
What do you
think is going to happen?
What happens, or
at least has happened millions of times through all of history,
when a sinner meets the Son of God?
Praise the Lord!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
The account of Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus is
most fully given in Mark’s Gospel, the shortest of them all!
this suggests that great significance is to be attached to this
honestly, we must acknowledge that both Matthew and Luke do tell
the story of Bartimaeus, leaving him nameless however.
Matthew’s rendering of the story, there are two blind men
healed! Read Matthew 20:29-34 to picture the whole scene. And
Matthew is considered here to be an eyewitness too.
Luke describes the miracle, Jesus is entering Jericho, not
What do we
do with little differences like these, when all are written in
all, we do not allow them to “shake” our faith in the
inspiration and inerrancy of the Word of God! It has no
we admire the Bible for being so brutally honest. Here is no
evidence of an “editor” excising any apparent inconsistencies.
these do not necessarily imply contradictions in the Gospel
accounts. They can, upon prayerful thought, be at least
example, the two men healed of blindness in Matthew 20 could be
a totally different miracle, one not recorded elsewhere by Mark
or Luke. But since it is the same place in the narrative ...
that last trip to Jerusalem ... and in the same city, Jericho
... it is likely the same event. So, of the two men healed …
only one, Bartimaeus is mentioned by Mark, perhaps because he
went on to serve the Lord and was well-known to the early
placing the miracle as Jesus entered the city, while the other
writers, Matthew and Mark, both have it at His leaving the city
can be perhaps be explained like this. Maybe two miracles
occurred in Jericho, both involving the healing of blind men.
One at the Jericho’s entrance and the other at its exit!
I do know
taught us in John 10:35 that “The
Scripture cannot be broken.”
Psalmist promises us that God’s Word is
“pure.” In fact,
“purified seven times.” Psalm
in God’s Word certainly must remain strong, stronger than
anything a faithless critic’s nitpicking can destroy!
“For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled
in Heaven!” So says Psalm 119:89.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
I am trying to prove that our
Gospel Accounts of the life of Jesus are not only inspired,
perfect, without error, written of God … but also accurate and
filled with “local color,” living detail … just as if one had
been there when Jesus did or said certain things!
built upon eyewitness testimony!
relate to us Truth!
using the example of Blind Bartimaeus, his healing at the
command of Jesus, as one example.
that Mark is not only giving us this episode as it was impressed
upon him of God the Holy Spirit, but also as he heard it
firsthand from one of the Disciples, someone who was present
when the miracle occurred! Likely this would have been Simon
Peter, John Mark’s apparent mentor!
even more so, I believe Mark talked with Bartimaeus himself!
be asking, Why?
Because of Mark 10:47.
“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.”
opening verb alone is proof!
Bartimaeus, “heard” Jesus’ very words!
definition of “akouo,” to give heed to something or to obey it,
all the way to the tense, which is aorist, and the precise
verbal form, which is a participle, to the case and gender and
number … this verb is built not on theory or supposition, but on
fact! Only Bartimaeus, unless God the Holy Spirit chose to
bypass him … which God can do mind you since God knows
everything, is omniscient … only that blind man could have known
exactly what he heard, then what he thought, then how he was
going to respond!
exactly how he heard we do not know.
passerby told him.
was privy to a nearby conversation about our Lord’s approach.
Holy Spirit just started convicting his lost soul.
us that he asked someone what was happening. See Luke 18:36-37
for the details.
“cry out” is “krazo” and means to shout out loud! Only someone
there would have known his tone and decibel level! No one else
would have even tried to describe this aspect of the event! This
is not fiction we are describing, it is the inerrant Word of
“krazo” is here a present infinitive, this loud crying went on
for quite some time, apparently until Jesus noticed the poor
very words, these are a direct quote!
“Jesus, Thou Son of
David, have mercy on me.”
in Greek “Iesous,” means Saviour, Deliverer, One Who rescues!
“Son of David,”
using “huios” instead of the similar “teknon,” is also
indicative of first source authority. “Huios” means sonship in
its sense of dignity and position, precisely what Bartimaeus
meant to say here! He is acknowledging the Deity of Christ I
believe! If Jesus is indeed the promised Son of David, He is
necessarily then the coming Messiah … and therefore, as attested
by His miraculous Virgin Birth, God’s Very Son too! By
the way, “teknon” would have been accurate of Jesus too. That
is, a genuine son who bears the likeness of his father! It’s
just that apparently Bartimaeus said and the Holy Spirit
precisely recorded the particular vocabulary word that was used
that memorable day.
sounds like an eyewitness!
“have mercy” translates “eleeo”
and means to have compassion or pity on one in his dire
circumstances, his bleak situation! Mercy in the New Testament
often addresses the misery one is suffering! While Grace
concerns that person’s guilt! The intensity of the request is
shown by the imperative nature of the verb! Again, only
Bartimaeus could have known this for sure.
this. It is precious. He did not have to keep on again and again
begging for Mercy! This verb is an aorist, indicating
finished or completed action! Mercy sought … mercy granted! An
old sinner does not have to seek God’s mercy very long … our
Heavenly Father, like the Prodigal’s Daddy, is eager and willing
to extend His lovingkindness!
publican at the Temple, also back in Luke 18, asked God for
mercy … “God be merciful to me a
sinner” … he was saved on the spot! He “went home
justified!” That verb “be merciful,” however is “hilaskomai” and
means God “mercy seat” me! Mercy Seat, that’s where the Blood
was sprinkled in Bible days! To be “mercy-seated” is to be
saved, born again for sure!
Bartimaeus’ plea for mercy will be accepted as well!
And, as we
all have read ahead, Jesus indeed answers!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
The Lord Jesus healed several blind men
during His short earthly Ministry.
One of these involved a man
by the name of Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus. This miracle happened
The Bible account, while no
doubt inspired by the Holy Spirit and absolutely without error,
is obviously written with the help of an eyewitness, someone “on
the scene” as the event transpired.
The blind man was "sitting."
Precisely by the "highway."
His very words and even the
inflection of his voice in saying those words are clearly given!
His sheer determination is also
The fact that Bartimaeus cast
his outer garment aside as he went to Jesus is an example of
what authors call “local color” and could only have come from a
Direct quotes, word for word,
are consistently given!
The promptness of the miracle,
its very immediacy!
Who would know these things
better than someone there … maybe even Bartimaeus himself!
The Gospels seem
to have buttressed themselves with such powerful eyewitness
armament. The Gospel of Luke plainly claims such for itself.
Look at its
opening paragraph. “Forasmuch as many
have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those
things which are most surely believed among us, even as they
delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were
ministers of the word; it seemed good to me also, having had
perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to
write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou
mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast
been instructed.” Luke 1:1-4
Luke just tells
us right up front that his sources are just that, eyewitnesses.
“Autoptes” means seeing or viewing for oneself! “Autos” is self
and “optanomai” is ”to gaze” upon something!
“eyewitness” testimony settles an issue!
satisfies in our Courts of Law!
The Old Testament recognizes the power of such witness in places
like Deuteronomy 19:15. “At the mouth
of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the
matter be established.”
attitudes of the healed blind men are apparent in Mark 10:48.
“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.”
Traveling along with
Jesus, or at least in His company, were crowds of people.
Throngs were going to Jerusalem in preparation for the
approaching Passover. The Twelve Disciples accompanied Him even
more closely, by His side.
These people “charged”
Bartimaeus to be quiet. The verb here is spelled “epitameo” and
literally means “to place value upon or to prize something or to
honor it!” Here the verb is used to indicate that NO HONOR was
placed on Bartimaeus at all! He was worthless to the people!
But not to Jesus!
Praise the Lord!
Remember that “cried,”
in Greek “krazo,” means to yell out loud!
Adverbially the blind
man is screaming “the more a great deal!” In Greek that’s
“mallon polus,” two words with basically the same meaning. Here
is grammatical “piling on!” Mark pours one term after another
into the mix, just to reveal to his readers that Bartimaeus was
going wild! This was his opportunity! Noise will help him
attract Jesus’ attention! Violently if necessary he will gain a
hearing! I wonder if this is part of what Jesus meant when He
taught us “the kingdom of heaven
suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force!”
Next, still according to
verse 48, the same prayer is prayed again!
“Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.”
Remember that Jesus
prayed the same thing three times in Gethsemane. And Paul
repeated thrice his prayer about the removal of his “thorn in
the flesh.” Repetition in prayer is not forbidden, vain
I have a theory, based
A man or woman does not
have to beg for mercy very long, if he's doing so in sincerity
and brokenness, before God in Heaven hears and answers his or
Psalm 147:11 promises us
that “The Lord taketh pleasure in them
that fear Him, in those that hope in His Mercy.”
In the next verse we
shall see if Jesus helps!
But remember This is the
very Same Jesus Who clearly said “He
that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out!” John 6:37
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
study a verse of Scripture.
use the next “slice” in our current Text, Mark 10:46-52, the
account of Jesus healing a blind man.
almost for our purposes choose any verse in this context.
it for eyewitness testimony, we must look word for word at its
beauty. Every one of the Bible’s 31,102 verses is lovely in many
reads: “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
narrator could not have told us that Jesus “stood still” to heal
Bartimaeus. He could just as easily have done so as He walked or
knelt praying. In fact, He performed one miracle without even
being on the scene, many miles away!
But an eyewitness, either Bartimaeus himself or perhaps Peter
the Disciple, related to Mark, John Mark, the human writer of
this Gospel, this precise information.
Jesus “stood still” translates “histemi,” a single Greek word
meaning to be “set” or to “stand by or stand still” or even be
“established.” It’s an aorist verb, indicating the action did
not take long. Rather, it was soon finished, then Jesus
continuing His journey to Jerusalem.
eyewitness would have been needed to write the next word too!
Jesus “commanded” his Disciples to call the man to His side. The
exact verb used here by the Holy Spirit, “epo,” means something
spoken or stated, but always in the past tense as we would call
it. Of the 977 times our word here occurs in the Bible, 859
times it is rendered as “say” and 57 more times as “speak.” Then
why does our Bible say that Jesus commanded something
done? The Holy Spirit, Who also is An Eyewitness to this event,
makes the word into a command! He was there. He is the
Interpreter of Jesus in Scripture. And He is always right! Of 16
different Bible “versions” I checked, 11 of them here changed
the word “commanded” to something else, usually just “said.”
That little difference voids the impact of the eyewitness
element here. I’m sticking with the dear old King James Version
Here now is a man being “called” to the side of Jesus, called on
the command of Jesus! I remember the day I was called too, don’t
you, dear Christian friend?
So the blind man was summoned. And that’s one of the legitimate
meanings of the word, “kaleo.”
“Blind” is “tuphlos” in Greek and means without sight. That was
certainly true of Bartimaeus physically, but I am here to tell
you that the man could see quite well spiritually. He could see
some things, even before Jesus healed him. He could spiritually
see better than Pilate, better than Herod, better than the
Pharisees! He may have still seen men "as trees walking," but at
least he saw that the Saviour was passing close to his side!
Then some eyewitness related to Mark the exact words the
messengers used, “Be of good comfort.” An unconcerned or more
careless writer might have reported that merely a vague
invitation was given.
word exhortation is really a command! An imperative mood verb, “tharseo,”
is used. “Thrasos," its root, means bold or daring or
courageous! Its equivalent, "fear not!" Even the old English
term “comfort” historically carries that meaning, based on its
Latin background. “Fortis” means courage, fortitude! “Com,” the
prefix, means “with.” Be of good comfort … be bold and brave!
Here’s both an eyewitness and an earwitness, if I can coin that
the precise and perhaps even logically unnecessary word of
instruction, is included … again because someone was listening
that day! “Egeiro” means “raise up” and is an imperative.
Bartimaeus had theretofore had little reason to get up for
anything. But now, Jesus has come!
the third time in one verse, redundant to the journalism
professor or the grammar teacher, but necessary to the
eyewitness … “kaleo” is used. He “calleth” thee!
through with that bunch of Bible denying liberals who say the
Scriptures were written a hundred years after Jesus by men who
never had any personal contact with the Lord or any of His
many living eyewitness records of people who saw and heard and
touched Jesus again and again!
what John wrote in the introductory paragraph of his little
which was from the beginning,
which we have heard,
which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and
our hands have handled, of the Word of life; for the life
was manifested, and we have seen
it, and bear
witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the
Father, and was manifested unto us;
that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you,
that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our
with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things
write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
1st John 1:1-4
the words I have capitalized!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
“And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.”
What a lovely verse of Scripture this is, Mark 10:50.
This miracle sure has taught me to appreciate the
eyewitness aspect of the Gospel stories!
A blind man, Bartimaeus by name, called
repeatedly for Jesus as the Saviour passed by Jericho one day.
Our Lord heard and stopped and called for the
records, as if he were there when if fact he was probably then
only six or seven years old,
“And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.”
This eyewitness testimony is vital to the
All the Gospels use such information to validate
their findings. Of course Matthew and John were Disciples
themselves and would have been present ex officio. And Luke
carefully tells us in his first chapter that he took great pains
to gather eyewitness testimony from the earliest of the
Believers in Christ.
So obviously did Mark.
“Casting away” is “apoballo” and just means to
throw aside something. “Ballo,” the source of our English word
ball, unsurprisingly means “to throw!” This act alone indicates
the great faith that Bartimaeus already had! He discarded his
outer coat! He that night would not be there begging! He was
going somewhere warm and safe! He would no longer need that
tattered and worn and likely filthy garment! Jesus was there!
The aorist participle quality of “apoballo” means
that the bind man was through with his old life and ready for a
new one, “in Christ!”
“Garment” is represented in the Text by “himation,”
used 61 times in the Word of God. It means the outer or upper
raiment, a robe or vesture or cloak. This man is going to be
robed in more ways than one! If he gets saved, a robe of
righteousness is his. If he gets healed ... a new job, some cash
and a whole new wardrobe! A fresh clean one!
Bartimaeus “rose,” or “stood up” as “anistemi”
means. This word is akin to “anastasis,” the Bible noun for
Bartimaeus’ coming salvation, just a few seconds
away now, is made possible by Jesus’ Death, Burial and
Resurrection! “Because HE lives, we
shall live also.” John 14:19
But here’s the greatest matter of all. The blind
man CAME TO JESUS! “Erchomai” means to come or go, with this
context leaving no choice at all.
I remember when I came to Jesus!
Even the little preposition “to” bears a load of
significance. “Pros” means “face-to-face” closeness!
And remember what Jesus
promised. “All that the Father giveth
Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise
cast out.” John 6:37
What a scene!
Peter saw it!
Matthew saw it!
A bind old sinner man, dirty and hungry, facing
Jesus with all the expectancy his soul can offer!
What happened next?
One does not even have to ask!
him ... and saved him too!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
have been talking about the “eyewitness” aspect of Mark’s
Gospel. He has definitely talked with some people who were
there, present when Jesus preached and taught and wrought all
His wonderful works.
Gospel, there are four in the Word of God, brings such accuracy
and accountability to the New Testament.
Matthew the former Tax Collector was saved and called to be one
of the Lord’s Disciples. He thereafter accompanied Jesus
wherever the Saviour went. Therefore he himself was an
eyewitness to most of what he wrote.
the Apostle would also fit into the same category as Matthew,
except he saw even more of the Lord’s works firsthand, the
Transfiguration and the Gethsemane events specifically.
Luke, while not an eyewitness himself, was certainly as were all
the Gospel writers inspired of the Holy Ghost. That makes
everything he wrote perfect, without error! But even he,
physician as he was, took careful notes and based his material
on carefully documented eyewitness records! For verification see
we come to Mark’s Gospel, the very reading of which insists upon
eyewitness evidence! Someone who was there and heard and saw and
sensed the whole event related to Mark the account of Bartimaeus’
healing, including some specifics!
“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.”
Mark 10:51 says.
Lord occasionally gives a man or woman a “blank check” so to
For example, Solomon could have had anything he
wanted! Prudently, he asked for Wisdom! Read with me 1st Kings
Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God
said, Ask what I shall give thee.”
Here was his answer:
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy
people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able
to judge this thy so great a people?”
same opportunity was afforded Bartimaeus.
answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto
verb “do” tranalates “poieo” and suggest a beautiful deed,
literally a poetic act, something lovely and graceful! All Jesus
did was such! Peter said
“God anointed Jesus of
Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about
doing good ….”
verb “said,” a form of “lego,” is in the aorist “tense,”
completed action being depicted. Bartimaeus only had to ask this
once … and it was done by the Lord!
“Lord,” the vocative used here, is “rabboni” in Greek. It is
Arabic and means “rabbi, teacher or master.” It is also a term
of respect, though falling short of Divinity. Jesus is not only
Rabbi, He is God, a fact Bartimaeus is soon to realize fully!
whole clause “that I might receive my sight” is a translation of
one Greek word. “Anablepo” means simply “to see” (“blepo”) again
(“ana”), to see again!
you get that?
Bartimaeus just told us that once he could see! Maybe years ago!
His sight had been lost; an accident, a disease, a fight? We
just do not know how. But he longs to have it restored!
verb is in the subjunctive mood.
blind man is expressing a desire, a strong one, a yearning deep
within his heart!
on the way!
the way it was … and still is … with Jesus!
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye
shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”
Lord willing, we shall see Jesus’ response!
honored Bartimaeus’ faith!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
The Lord can heal
in so many ways!
Gradually, as when
the blind man whom Jesus touched first saw
“men as trees walking.” Then later, men became fully and
clearly visible! See Mark 8:24.
He also could heal
from a distance. In John 4 Jesus, while in Cana of Galilee,
healed a certain man’s son who was sick in Capernaum, many miles
Jesus could heal
via His spittle!
His powerful Word!
But in Mark 10:52
another adverb is used to describe the Lord’s omnipotent
“And Jesus said unto him, Go thy
way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received
his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”
first verb in our verse, is translated “go
thy way” seventeen times in the King James Bible.
Fifty-five more times it is just “go.” If the context demands
so, it can be rendered “go away” and “depart” and even “get thee
hence” too. Literally it means “to go under” or “to lead under.”
Bartimaeus ultimately will not be accompanying Jesus daily. He
will return to his home and be a witness there, a witness to the
power and glory of our Lord!
"made whole" translates “sozo,” the
salvation verb of the New Testament! While some will argue with
this, Jesus literally told Bartimaeus “be saved!” It is true
that “sozo” in Scripture can refer just to physical deliverance,
but here, being associated with “faith,” surely more is implied!
Bartimaeus that day received two kinds of sight!
Faith, or “pistis,”
means belief! "Believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ , and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31
To receive one’s
sight,” anablepo” in Greek, might indicate that the blind man
once could see. He then would have been getting his sight again!
“Ana” can and does often mean “again.”
Then again, “ana”
can mean “above.” Jesus could be saying “look up,” Bartimaeus,
to the One Who really healed you! This is of God! And, as you
know, Jesus is God!
But the word I’m
most aiming for today is “immediately!”
Jesus performed many of His miracles that way. Most of them in
fact. This adverb is spelled “eutheos” and means “at once,
forthwith, straightway.” I quickly counted 40 times that the
Gospel of Mark employs this term! It is one of his favorite
One second he was
blind … the next second, perfect vision!
Bartimaeus’ first response to Jesus’ marvelous Grace.
“followed” Jesus. “Akoleutheo” is
fused from “keleuthos” meaning a “road” and “a” as a particle of
union. Joining One who is in the roadway! Following Jesus!
The last noun,
“way” translates another synonym, “hodos,”
and means literally a “road” and figuratively a “journey.”
Old things had
All things had
Salvation came to
more houses than just Zacchaeus’ when Jesus walked this earth!
Praise the Lord!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
LESSON 10, CONCLUSION:
We have been
studying the “eyewitness” element in the Gospel accounts of
Jesus, His Life and Works. Of course this includes His Death,
Burial, Resurrection, Ascension to Heaven, and promised Return
some sweet day.
Mark, the shortest
of the Gospels and one of the earliest, reveals this very
clearly. But so do the other three.
Let’s notice John
for a minute or two. He does not include the account we have
just finished examining, that of the healing of blind Bartimaeus.
But the fourth
Gospel, in many ways the best known, is nonetheless loaded with
many other “eyewitness” recordings.
It even contains a
literary device, a double “inclusio”, that surely reveals to the
discerning heart … and eye … a clear indicator of its eyewitness
Like Mark, John in
His account of Jesus often refers to Peter. Twelve times as
“Peter,” that name alone, just “Peter.” Four more times as
“Simon,” again all alone. Then additionally another seventeen
times as "Simon Peter," the twofold name.
No doubt Peter was
an eyewitness to the things of Christ. He even claims such in
His Epistles, specifically naming himself an “eyewitness of
Jesus’ majesty” in 2nd Peter 1:16.
John the Apostle,
as he crafts His Gospel, carefully and obediently following the
nudges of God the Holy Spirit, word for word writes miraculously
mentions this key eyewitness, Peter, in his opening chapter,
then again in chapter 21, the last chapter of the Book. Again,
that’s called an “inclusio,” when a writer “brackets” all his
information between an opening and closing “common” word or
John 1:40-42. mentions Peter or Simon.
of the two which heard John (the Baptist) speak, and followed
him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first findeth
his own brother Simon,
and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being
interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when
Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou
shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.”
in chapter 21 Peter is recommissioned after His threefold denial
of the Lord. Verse 17 is typical:
“He (Jesus) saith unto him the third time,
Simon, son of Jonas,
lovest thou me? Peter
was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou
me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou
knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”
has been critically positioned as one who gives credence and
accuracy to the Gospel of John. He is one of the witnesses!
But then John does
something more, something surprising for his character I
He seems to
mention himself just before Peter in chapter 1 and just
after Peter in chapter 21, thus forming a double inclusio,
a compound set of brackets or parentheses or bookends.
in John 1 we read of John the Baptist identifying Jesus, the Son
of God, the Messiah!
the next day after John stood, and
two of his disciples;
and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb
of God! And the two
disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then
Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What
seek ye? They
said unto him, Rabbi, which is to say, being interpreted,
Master, where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see.
They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day:
for it was about the tenth hour.”
One of those two was Andrew. We now know the other was John
in chapter 21 after Peter is out of the spotlight,
“Then Peter, turning about, seeth
the disciple whom Jesus
loved following; which also leaned on his breast at
supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter
seeing him saith
to Jesus, Lord, and what shall
this man do?
Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what
is that to thee? follow thou me. Then went this saying abroad
among the brethren, that
that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto
him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come,
what is that to thee?
This is the disciple which testifieth of these things,
and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.”
secondary witness to the facts presented in the fourth Gospel,
John I mean, is no doubt Peter.
the primary source, the human author, is John himself. And he
leaves us a "not too subtle" clue to that truth with his own
John! Still quiet and reserved and nearly shy in some ways, yet
equally as clearly including himself as an “eyewitness” to the
things of Christ Jesus.
not misunderstand me. Had there been no witness whatsoever, the
Holy Spirit still could have and would have written His Own
Gospel, completely independent of human aid whatsoever. After
all, God is omnipotent!
He chose men to help!
here in particular!
you no doubt noticed that John is not named in either of the
Texts I cited. That’s his way of writing! But terms like “the
Disciple whom Jesus loved” locks him in with certainty! Or the
fact of his being first a Disciple of John the Baptist … until
the Messiah came!
saw Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, the feeding of the
thousands, the woman taken in adultery, the man born blind, the
raising of Lazarus, and so much more! John heard the sermons!
John walked by Jesus’ side for three years, even observing His
Death on the Cross!
very reliable is our Gospel Message!
testimony, inspired of God!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
WE TRUST AND PRAY THAT THESE TEN LESSONS
HAVE BEEN HELPFUL IN BETTER UNDERSTANDING THE LOVELY MIRACLE NOW
CALLED "THE HEALING OF BLIND BARTIMAEUS." WHAT A BLESSING THIS
TEXT, MARK 10:46-52, HAS BEEN!