Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:48
Many tried to get this blind beggar to quit calling out to Jesus. But this man named Bartimaeus which means “son of the unclean one” refused to give up on his story just because this chapter was difficult! It seems a great deal of this mans life’s chapters had been difficult ones judging by his name. “Son of the unclean one” probably doesn’t look too good on a resume. But James 4:8 states, draw near to God and He will draw near to you and Mr. Bartimaeus was going to tenaciously call out to God with a deeply sincere desire to draw near to Him.
Not only was Bartimaeus call to Jesus tenacious it was humble. He knew he was a undeserving that’s why he was begging for His mercy. Mercy by definition is a “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to push or harm”. A humble and tenacious call fueled by faith I think is the kind of call that pricks our Saviors ears. As we see in Mark 10:49 Jesus stopped… Bartimaeus call stopped Jesus in his tracks and Jesus called back (James 4:8). In verse 48 Jesus says, “Call him.”
Bartimaeus didn’t hesitate at the call of Jesus, verse 50 tells us he threw off his cloak and went to Jesus! The cloak he was wearing would have been a special cloak that would have indicated to everyone that he was a true beggar with no other source of income. It’s like Bartimaeus, “son of the unclean one” was stepping out in faith, leaving his old life behind believing Jesus in advance for His merciful healing. Will we believe Jesus in faith, that He does make all things beautiful in His time (Ecc. 3:11) even in the midst of what seems like a long hard chapter in our life? Will we trust Him enough to not give up on our story and let Him write the whole thing out?
However, it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him–
1 Corinthians 2:9
At the end of Bartimaeus story that we get to read about concludes with Jesus rewarding his faithfulness by restoring his sight. You know what Scripture tells us happened to all those that were rebuking Bartimaeus for calling out to Jesus in the first place?! Luke 19:43 states, Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. THEY ALSO PRAISED GOD!
So don’t give up in your hard chapter… persevere as you allow Him to write it all out. You might just find like Bartimaeus did that in your hard chapter God was doing a work through you, His mighty warrior, to in fact decrease the population of hell and increase it within His Kingdom for all eternity! So do not give up mighty warrior God is with you in the hard chapters too! (Judges 6:12)
Jesus, please be ever increasing our trust and faith in You. Lift our eyes and may Your ear hear our humble and tenacious calling in faith for Your mercy in our hard chapters and may You grant us a faith unshakable to allow You, who makes all things beautiful in Your time to write our story out to its full completion. For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.
Independent read: Romans 8:28, Philippians 1:6, Lamentations 3:22-23, Jeremiah 1:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Isaiah 43:19