“Bartimaeus Shouts” (Mark 10: 51, NIV) by Carley Evans


Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7:11pm

Jesus asks the blind man, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Bartimaeus naturally wants to see. When Jesus says to him, “Your faith has healed you,” the blind man is immediately healed and then “follows Jesus along the road.” (Mark 10:52) Bartimaeus’ faith is demonstrated in his persistence and his insistence. He shouts out to Jesus even after being rebuked by many. Several times, he shouts, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:48) Jesus stops. When Bartimaeus is called, he jumps up and comes to Jesus.

 

What do you want from Jesus? Do you know? Are you responding to His call? Do you shout for His attention? Do you ask for that which you want? Are you grateful when Jesus stops? Do you jump up and come near to Him? Do you follow after Him when He recognizes your faith? Do you know who He is? Do you recognize Him? Does He know your name? Do you know His?

 

Bartimaeus obviously knows who Jesus is. He knows Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah. He knows what he wants from the Lord. He also knows Jesus is able to heal him; he even believes Jesus wants to heal him. So he shouts. He asks for mercy. When Jesus calls, he jumps up — and though blind — comes to Jesus. When Jesus heals him, he is grateful, following Jesus “down the road.”

“Only One Who Is Good” ( John 3: 20 – 21, NIV ) by Carley Evans


“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3: 20 – 21, NIV)

The good deeds we do are “done through God.” Our adversary is the father of lies; and “hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” Everyone not aligned with God is aligned with our adversary. These persons “hate the light,” living in fear of it. As our adversary is the progenitor of evil, so is God the progenitor of good.

Jesus says, “There is only One who is good.” (Matthew 19: 17) In response to the young man who calls Him “Good teacher,” Jesus says, “No one is good — except God alone.” (Mark 10: 18) But the young man goes ahead and claims to be good, having kept all of the commandments “since [he] was a boy.” (Mark 10: 20) Jesus loves him, but tells him the truth. This young man lacks one thing. Jesus tells him to sell his possessions, “then come, follow Me.” (Mark 10: 21) Jesus tells us that this young man is incapable of saving himself — neither his obedience to God’s commandments nor his self-righteousness are able to obtain for him the eternal life he seeks.

Only one thing is needed — “come, follow [Jesus.]” Come into the light, leaving behind the deeds of darkness.

Jesus’ disciples are amazed: “Who then can be saved?” (Mark 10: 26)

Jesus speaks the truth, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10: 27)

“Love Out Of A Pure Heart” (Leviticus 19: 18, KJV) by Carley Evans


“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I Am the Lord.”

A scribe asks Jesus, “Which is the first commandment of all?” (Mark 12: 28)

Jesus answers, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12: 29 – 30)

Jesus then tells the scribe that the other great commandment is to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Mark 12: 31)

Paul reminds, “Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.” (1 Timothy 1: 5)

“Throw Yourself Into The Sea” (Colossians 3: 17, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul exhorts us, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Paul does not distinguish between word and deed. He refers to “word” as action and he refers to “deed” as action, then calls upon us to “do everything” in Jesus’ Name — align our speaking with the Lord as we align our deeds with the Lord.

What does it mean to “do everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus”?

Jesus tells His disciples, “Have faith in God. I will tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.” (Mark 11: 22 – 23)

He clarifies by adding that “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11: 24)

When we come to God the Father in prayer, we come in the power of the Holy Spirit through the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus teaches us to pray. His model prayer begins with a recognition of God as our Father, and with a hallowing or honoring of His Name. Then we call on God to achieve His will here on earth just as His will is accomplished in heaven.

As we have faith in God and ask in prayer for “anything” (which is implied in Jesus statement: “whatever you ask for”), then believe in our hearts that we “have received it” then “it will be [ours].” “Whatever we ask for in prayer” is anything which is aligned perfectly with God’s will. If aligned perfectly with the will of God, then we will believe it to be ours already, and we will receive it. The doubt comes upon us when we realize that perhaps what we ask for is not fully in God’s will. We are not certain. Therefore, we do not receive it because we doubt. Our doubt is the proof that what we are requesting is not God’s will.

So, whatever we say or do, we are to say or do in the Name of Jesus Christ. As we say and do everything in God’s Name, then whatever we ask for, we will receive. Believe; or as Jesus says, “Have faith in God.”