**The Apostle Peter announces in one of his sermons that Jesus “went about doing good”. “It was His meat and drink to do the works of Him that sent Him whilst the day of His public ministration lasted.”
While Moses’ miracles were ones of judgement; the miracles of Jesus were ones of mercy wrought not only to cure the body but to bring conversion to the people’s souls.
Hence Jesus shows mercy and says to Blind Bartimeus, “Go they way, thy faith has made the whole. And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus in the way.”
Rev. Whitfield sets out 2 goals: First, to make comments on the matter as recored by the evangelists. Second, to point out a possible improvement on their message.
Jesus goes to Jericho which had been cursed by God through Joshua. Yet, even in such a city were there to be found converts. Jesus also affirmed itinerant preaching with His method of going from town to town to preach and not staying long.
Jesus has a large crowd following Him and as He passed along on the way He hears Bartimeus, son of Timeus, crying out to Him. Bartimeus must have known of Jesus and His power to heal and been aware of his own blinders. Thus he cried out, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” Calling Jesus Son of David would indicate he believed Jesus to be the Messiah and perhaps he knew the verse in Isaiah 35 of the blind seeing.
“‘Have mercy on me,’ the natural language of a soul brought to lie down at the feet of a sovereign God. Here is no laying claim to a cure by way of merit.”[ pg 457] “…in the language of the poor broken hearted publican he cries out, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” [pg 458]
Though Bartimeus was opposed he cried out with more devotion which brings Jesus to a stop. Jesus calls to him to come and Bartimeus, though blind, yet in faith, rises, throws off his valuable cloak and goes to Jesus and Jesus heals him.
**This is a summary of Rev. Whitefield’s sermon. For the full sermon and to read his extraordinary insights into the passage visit: Rev. George Whitfield – Sermon 27