The crowd rebuked him and severely censured and reproved him, telling him to keep quiet (Mark 10:48). But Bartimaeus continued shouting to the world his belief that YAHSHUA was the Messiah. Only He could give Him the gift of his sight. He had no doubt that YAHSHUA could hear him; he had no doubt that that day was the day for his restoration. He would not be quiet no matter what. I just wonder why was it that the crowd would not make easy an access for him to Meet YAHSHUA, knowing that he was blind. When his words,” YAHSHUA, Son of David, have mercy on me” penetrated YAHSHUA’S ears, (for no one else held the title of “Son of David,” but Him). He stood still and ordered that he be led to Him (Luke 18:40). That was the moment Bartimaeus waited for. When he heard the news, he threw off his mantle aside and ran to YAHSHUA, leaping for joy. His hope, almost reality, reached the level of confidence, at the presence of YAHSHUA. He asked him the question, What do you want Me to do for you? Master, let me receive my sight, was Bartimaeus’ answer. YAHSHUA knew the need of Bartimaeus before he told Him. But a simple declaration of his need publicly expressed, was necessary to confirm his faith. Your faith, YAHSHUA said, healed you. At once he received his sight and accompanied YAHSHUA on the road (Mark 10:51-52).
Bartimaeus, although blind, showed to have spiritual sight, when he declared YAHSHUA to be the Son of David. And as such, he knew that He was the Messiah, the Son of God with power to heal all kinds of diseases, including his personal blindness. In another time and place, another blind man had an encounter with YAHSHUA. He did not seek healing, but was noticed by YAHSHUA as he passed along. The reason for this man to be blind was a compelling one: In order that the workings of God should be manifested in him (John 9:1-4). This man, being blind from birth, had been chosen to manifest the glory of God. He did not know Who that was that healed him. He could not give a satisfactory or specific answer to the Pharisees concerning Whom was He that healed him. Another encounter he had to have with YAHSHUA and this time, YAHSHUA introduced Himself to him by asking the question, Do you believe in the Son of Man, then he answered, Who is He Sir? Tell me, that I may believe in Him. YAHSHUA said to him, You have seen Him; He is talking to you right now. He called out, Lord, I believe! And he worshipped Him (John 9:35-38).
The worst blindness YAHSHUA said it is the spiritual blindness- the blindness of the heart. “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but because you now claim to have sight, your sin remains” (John 9:41). That is, you cannot escape your guilt. Israel has been in this condition for many years. A veil is keeping the nation from perceiving what they see. As in the words of YAHSHUA bringing in perspective the words from Isaiah. In order that they may look but not see and perceive and may hear but not grasp and comprehend, lest haply they should turn again and it should be forgiven (Mark 4:12). Israel’s spiritual authorities witnessing, but not perceiving the miracles YAHSHUA performed, accused Him of doing the work under the power of demons. This unpardoned sin against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. Their spiritual blindness will hold them guilty forever. Self-righteousness is a form of spiritual blindness with eternal consequences. It is a matter of a proud heart.
Bartimaeus had to throw his mantle aside, when running to meet YAHSHUA. A thing that entangles and would keep him from moving forwardly. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance and that sin which so readily clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, looking away to YAHSHUA, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith and is also its Finisher. He, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Not yet being able to see, Bartimaeus wanted to be free from all that kept him in that state of life-blind. He couldn’t run fast enough to meet His Savior, Who was the first person Bartimaeus would see. He found no better thing to do than that of following YAHSHUA after his sight was given back to him. His heart resounded with gratitude, and desiring to know the Lord, he followed Him.
Spiritual blindness separates us from the Truth and from the Light that gives understanding. Because it is our choice to stay in that condition, although physically being able to see, we are held guilty, for not admitting our sins. Spiritual blindness has to do with pride. It is a condition which YAHSHUA condemned in John 9:41: If you were blind, you would have no sin; but because you now claim to have sight, your sin remains. It is better to enter heaven physically blind, than to have physical sight and go to hell. Blindness can only lead others to confusion. Concerning the Pharisees, YAHSHUA said, they are blind guides and teachers. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a ditch (Matt. 15:14). The end result of a spiritual blind man is eternally hell. A ditch that one can never escape from. My friend, if you do not know truth, know YAHSHUA, know forgiveness and freedom from spiritual blindness. Bartimaeus was ready to leave all behind and embrace his new life seeing- physically and spiritually. How about you?