Luke 18:35-43 - Blind Bartimaeus35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
Main Topics/QuestionsPlease consider the following topics/questions as you listen to the sermon:
1. How are the four Gospels alike? How are they different?
2. Can some details that at first glance may sound contradictory be explained?
3. What is Satan’s favorite question to use to attack us?
4. Matthew Chapter 20, Mark Chapter 10, and Luke Chapter 18 all speak of the same event. How does Mark Chapter 10 help explain the perceived difference between Matthew 20:29 and Luke 18:35 about where the event happened?
5. What is the explanation for the perceived difference in Luke 18:35 and Matthew 20:30? How does Mark 10:46 support the explanation?
6. How can many of the so called contradictions in the Bible be explained?
7. How can you find answers? Who is John Gill and how can his commentaries help us?
8. What do two articles, one from Christianity Today and the other from The Gospel Coalitio, tell us about Christian Colleges and Universities?
9. What does this text have to say about who Jesus is?
10. What does the text teach us about the timing of our prayers being answered?
11 What happened immediately after the prayers of blind Bartimaeus and his companion were answered? Why is this important?
Even if God isn’t answering a prayer you are praying right now He has answered other prayers. Indeed as soon as you prayed for the forgiveness of your sins because you believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ, that prayer was answered as soon as you made it. Blind Bartimaeus and his companion had that level of faith when they called Jesus the Son of David. Most translations of Luke 18:42 say, Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." But a more literal translation of Luke 18:42 (NRSV) reads, Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has saved you." Because of their faith in Jesus, Bartimaeus and his companion weren’t just healed from their blindness; more importantly they were saved from sin, death, and hell.
You can be too, so long as you repent of your sins and trust in Jesus. And if you’ve prayed that prayer and received this great gift of salvation then you understand why everyone in this text is praising God and also why you need to praise Him. God is worthy of worship because of all the great things He has done.
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