And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus…
I. WE TAKE THOSE POINTS WHICH SPEAK TO US OF OUR LORD. We are struck by the obvious fact that though attended by a wondering joyful crowd, He has an ear, grace, gifts, for the one; so to the one miserable man. We are apt to think the Lord of all has so many dependent upon Him, our distress may be overlooked by Him; and this fear is strongest when we are weakest. "Lord, that I may receive my sight." "Receive thy sight" responds Christ. Christ gives us just as much as we can take — as much as we really ask for.
II. LET US NOW GLANCE AT BARTIMEUS AND HIS FAITH. It is to his faith that our Lord attributes his healing; therefore our attention is specially called to it. It was surprisingly great. There was pertinacity in his faith. Those who stand near Christ may rebuke the cry for mercy. The doctrinal rebuke. The philosophical rebuke.
(S. Cox, D. D.)
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.