“Rise, He is calling you.” Mark 10:49c (NKJV)
Many of us are familiar with the story of Bartimaeus, but, just like with all of scripture, there is no complete understanding, no full revelation, no “the end.” The day we forget that is the day we stop hearing the voice of the LORD.
To summarize the story, Bartimaeus is a blind beggar on the side of the road who cries out to Jesus as He is passing by. Jesus stops in spite of the people silencing Bartimaeus, and calls for him. When Bartimaeus finally comes to Jesus, he is healed of his blindness, the bonds of his generational curse broken. I’ve heard countless renditions, interpretations, extrapolations, explanations, and even applications of this example of the mercy, grace, and power of God.
But I wonder: what actually happened?