Day 57 (Wed, Oct 8, 2014)

Blind Man Healed near Jericho

30 total verses: Matthew 20:25-34; Mark 10:42-52 Luke 18:35-43

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

227. Relationship of disciples to each other in Matthew 20:25-28; Mark 10:42-45
228. Blind men healed near Jericho in Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 20:25-28; Mark 10:42-45. After the uproar caused by James’ and John’s request to sit at Jesus’ right and left hand, Jesus teaches the disciples about how to be a leader among them — to be a servant of all, just as Jesus demonstrated.

Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43. In Matthew, there are 2 blind man by the road, while in both Mark and Luke, there is only 1, and his name is Bartimaeus. In Matthew and Mark, this took place as Jesus was leaving Jericho, while in Luke it was while Jesus was coming into Jericho. The first discrepancy can be explained by Bartimaeus being one of the two, and perhaps the more vocal of the two. I have a harder time explaining the second.

In this section, we see that as Bartimaeus hears that Jesus is approaching, he shouts for Jesus to have mercy on him. The crowd gets annoyed at him and tells him to be quiet. But he shouts all the louder. And Jesus hears him and calls for him, then asks him what he wants. He tells Jesus that he wants to be healed, and Jesus heals him. Afterwards, Bartimaeus follows Jesus.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

I will choose for my favorite verse, Luke 18:39: “Those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me'” (ESV)! I am sometimes too compliant to the wishes of others. But this blind beggar, instead of giving in to the voices that would silence him, cried out all the more for Jesus. And Jesus heard him and healed him. If you know what you want is right and good, it takes persistence and sometimes annoying others to get what you want. But it is worth it!

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