And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus…
Wherever Jesus Christ is found, His presence is marvellously mighty Providence at all times co-works with grace in the salvation of the chosen people.
I. THE BLIND MAN'S EARNESTNESS AS A CONTRAST TO THE BEHAVIOUR OF MANY HEARERS OF THE WORD. By a very short sermon he was led to prayer. Instead of praying over sermons, a great many disport themselves with them. Some are anxious for others, whilst this man cried for himself.
II. NOTICE THIS MAN'S INTENSE DESIRE AS AN ABSORBING PASSION. Some plead the excuse of poverty, and demands of business; and these are the two obstacles that Bartimeus overcame. Passover: and the passover time when roads crowded with pilgrims, was his harvest.
III. HIS VEHEMENCE WAS A MOST REASONABLE ZEAL. He knew the misery of blindness. He was a beggar, and had learned the weakness of man. He knew that Jesus Christ was near. He felt it was now or never.
IV. HE EXPERIENCED CHECKS IN HIS PRAYER.
V. HIS IMPORTUNITY AT LAST BECAME SO MIGHTY, THAT REBUFFS BECAME ARGUMENTS WITH HIM.
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
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.