And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus…
The loss of sight is spiritually the most significant of all privations. The loss of Eden was perhaps truly a loss of sight — a great shadow, as of an eclipse, fell over all the beauty and splendour of the world, as the sinner's eye grew dim. Sin is privative. It works on us by limiting and finally destroying our powers. But this blind beggar had learned in, perhaps through, his blindness, more than Scribes and Pharisees knew. None of them have an eye for the Son of David, whom he saw in his blindness. Christ is revealed to those who need Him most. The man's importunity. He cast aside his garment and came to Jesus. It means impetuosity, and carelessness about external things. He came in the naked simplicity of his need.
I. To see spiritually is to see Christ, the Light of the world, and to be penetrated with the sense of the beauty and fulness which are in Him.
II. A soul fully enlightened sees that in Jesus is all its salvation and all its hope.
(J. B. Brown, B. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.