At his first cry, the crowd rebuked Bartimaeus. Isn’t it ironic that in all of that large crowd of seeing people who followed Jesus, there were none who cried to Him for mercy except this unclean, blind beggar? Why did none in the faceless crowd cry? Wasn’t it because they did not see their blindness (John 9:39-41)? Why didn’t they want to hear the cries of a blind sinner? Wasn’t it because they never knew his need? They did not fellowship in the burden of the anguish of his soul. When we find Christ to be our all, we have fellowship with those rescued from the same sinking ship who have found Christ to be their only Rock and salvation (Psalm 62:1-2)! We ache for others to see their need, to cry to Christ and find Him to be their all! And we want to talk about it to them. But the crowd seemed to know nothing of a need for mercy, nothing of eyes of darkness opened to see the light. With the Psalmist, Bartimaeus could say, “I cried unto the LORD with my voice...I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul” (Ps. 142:1-4).
Pastor Rick Warta