Jesus healed blind Bartimaeus
His name means “son of Timaeus,” because his father’s name was Timaeus.
Here’s another story about Jesus healing blind people.
Where did Jesus heal blind Bartimaeus?
- Jesus healed Bartimaeus in a famous city called Jericho, which means “place of fragrance” (Strong’s in Blueletterbible.org, 2022).
- Jericho is located on the west side of the Jordan Rift Valley, just north of the Dead Sea.
- Jericho in the time of Christ was not the same city that Joshua destroyed. The city in the Lord’s time was south of the one that Joshua destroyed.
Blind Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was passing by
Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel. He passed through Jericho and a huge crowd followed Him.
As Jesus left Jericho, Bartimaeus heard the noisy crowd and asked someone what was happening.
When Bartimaeus heard that the crowd was following Jesus of Nazareth, he became excited. He wanted to be healed.
He began to shout at the top of his voice:
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
The people around him rebuked Bartimaeus and told him to be quiet. Instead of listening to them, Bartimaeus began to shout even louder:
“Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus asked Bartimaeus to come to Him
Jesus heard Bartimaeus shouting His name. Curious, He stopped walking and asked for Bartimaeus to come to Him.
The people’s attitude changed when they heard Jesus’ response. They said to Bartimaeus:
“Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.”
Bartimaeus threw off his coat, sprang to his feet, and tapped his way to Jesus. People might have helped him to get to the Lord.
When he got to where Jesus was, the Lord asked,
“What do you want me to do for you?”
Eager and excited, Bartimaeus replied:
“Lord, please help me to recover my sight.”
Jesus responded with a smile:
“Go your way; your faith has made you well.”
Bartimaeus began to praise God because he was instantly able to see. Grateful and happy, he began to follow Jesus.
Jesus healed blind Bartimaeus bible verses
And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside.
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.”
And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.
And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.”
And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
FIVE lessons that we can learn from blind Bartimaeus
- Seize the opportunity to receive a miracle from God. Bartimaeus believed that Christ could heal him, because he had heard about the miracles.
- Call out to God for help and don’t stop. The Bible says that God hears when we call.
- Don’t stop calling for help when people say it is impossible Or when they try to stop you.
- Tell God the exact problem that you have. He wants to know what it is and help you.
- Be grateful to God when He helps you and follow Him.