- When Luke describes the same event, he writes that this happened when Jesus “was on his way out of Jericho” (Luke 18:35), not into Jericho. Which of them is right?
- It is very possible that both are right, since archaeological excavations show that there were actually two Jericho’s; an older and a newer Roman one. So Bartimaeus may have been in between, in which case both authors are correct.
- King David received a promise from God that the Messiah would come from his family (2 Sam 7:8-16).
- When Bartimaeus uses this title about Jesus, he shows that he believes that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel.
- Bartimeus is an excellent example of a good prayer leader because he didn’t give up when people around him told him to be quiet and shouted even louder when people wouldn’t lead him to Jesus.
- Although it was obvious to Jesus that Bartimaeus was blind and wanted his sight restored, Jesus wanted Bartimaeus to ask for it himself. Jesus does not intrude but heals the sick who come to him.
- Bartimaus was blind, yet he could see that Jesus was the Messiah, and so he was both healed and saved.
- Bartimaeus is a very good example of how a disciple of Jesus should be:
- When Bartimaeus heard about Jesus, he eagerly cried out for Jesus’ mercy, ignoring the people around him who tried to stop him.
- Bartimaeus realized his own inadequacy and asked Jesus for help.
- Bartimaeus confessed before everyone that Jesus is the Messiah.
- When Jesus had received Bartimaeus, he immediately began to follow Jesus on the road.