Mark 10:46-52 Blind Bartimaeus Sees The Messiah.
Jericho was 15 miles outside of Jerusalem, and as Jesus and his disciples, along with a “great multitude” were leaving the city, blind Bartimaeus cried out for mercy to Jesus, the Son of David (vv. 46-47 Cf. Mt. 20:29-34; Lk. 18:35-43). Even when he was warned to keep quiet, he only cried out all the loader (v. 48). As a result, Jesus stopped and asked that he be brought to him, to which Bartimaeus himself responded by laying aside his garment and approaching Jesus (vv. 49-50). For Bartimaeus Jesus was more than a teacher, for he addressed Jesus as the Son of David, that is, as the promised Messiah (11:10; 12:35 Cf. Is. 11:1-3; Jer. 23:5-6; Ezek. 34:23-24). Even his more heightened form of address of Jesus as Teacher or ‘Rabboni’, means master, one who he was committed to serve (v. 51). It was through this faith that he was made well, and rather than leave Jesus he chose to follow his master (v. 52). Some people’s interest in Jesus went as far as their immediate needs, but for Bartimaeus being healed of his blindness meant that for him he could fulfill his faith to the point of following Jesus and continuing to confess him as the promised Christ.