Good morning! You are so close to the weekend you can almost taste it! Blind Bartimaeus leaps up to greet Jesus and be cured, perhaps in the same way some people leaped out of bed to greet the sunrise today. Bless them, wherever they are.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What was the best thing to happen this week? What was the worst?
_ Who are you looking forward to seeing today or this weekend? Why?
_ Eastern Orthodox Christians derive a simple prayer from Bartimaeus' supplication.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner
DISCOVER [ Mark 10.46-52 ] 46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_How do the crowd treat Bartimaeus? What happens in v.49 to change their attitude?
_Can you think of any way this could relate to the previous passage about greatness and asking for rewards?
_James and John asked to sit at the right and left hand. What did this beggar ask for?
_Jesus said he was unable to grant James and John the right or left hand seat in the Kingdom of Heaven. What IS Jesus able to grant?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
_Have you treated someone with the same contempt the crowds treated Bartimaeus?
_Are you being honest with Jesus about what you need from him?
_Do your prayers sound more like the proud disciples asking for power, or like Bartimaeus asking for mecy?
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)