“he cried out all the more” – DETERMINATION –
he “threw off his cloak” – TRANSFORMATION (He changed “clothes”) –
Consider for a moment the condition of this man Bartimaeus. He virtually had no name.
Why was he blind?
We don’t know.
But we do know that blindness was not uncommon in the days of Jesus.
There was a particularly harsh kind of blindness. Othelmianianatorum Neonatal conjunctivitis
It was the result of venereal disease. Gonorrhea was rampant in those days and if the mother had the disease it could actually infect her child and he would be born blind. It was called venereal disease of the eyes.
As a result, the child was ostracized and considered to be unclean from birth. This was a common occurrence and question. John 9
Threw off his beggar’s coat.
It was pretty ragged.
It was actually a sign and symbol of who he was.
But it was even more.
In all likelihood, it was all he had.
It was his only possession.
With abandon, he threw everything at the feet of Jesus.
Not a play on words.
Remember, this was BEFORE Jesus healed him.
he knew what he wanted –
Jesus asks him.
This is more than a taunt by Jesus. Yes, He desired to know what Bartimaeus really wanted. But let’s go further. The God of the universe got down on one knee, looked this poor man in the eye and said, “What can I do to serve you.” This is the servant nature of Jesus.
He, who created the universe becomes the servant to the beggar.
And He speaks to the deepest need of our heart. What do you want?
he was learning about Jesus –
he “followed Jesus on the road” – DISCIPLESHIP –