“The story of Blind Bartimaeus offers hope. Scripture often says Jesus was ‘moved with compassion.’ This miracle, and many others, were demonstrations of love. They were statements that:
- People have value.
- God is good.
- He cares about us.
Bartimaeus’ story is a moving drama of how God cares about humanity. It is more than just a blind man who recovered his sight. In this story God reveals something about His nature and character, and His path to our wholeness.
Like the opening melody of a great musical score, this story gives way to layers of truths that God has built into the text. With each line there is a new stanza that builds upon the previous melody. In the end, a grand chorus climaxes to a tremendous crescendo.
Two basic lessons apply.
First, the underlying concept or truth that is the basis for this story. God wants us to know:
- Something about Him.
- Something about us.
- Something about life.
Second, like the ‘movements’ of a great musical masterpiece, these truths build with each new verse.
In the end, we see a series of basic steps whereby we can regain our vision and become whole.”