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Blind Bartimaeus


Jesus heals a blind man

These Bible PowerPoints are rich with Bible Graphics and Bible Images and are a fantastic Sunday School Lesson or Children's Ministry resource. They are designed to be used by the Sunday School Teacher or a RE lesson by a RE teacher in a classroom who is primarily teaching Bible Stories for kids.

Picture descriptions:

Scene 1: Blind Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus begging at Jericho
Scene 2: Bartimaeus hearing that Jesus of Nazareth was passing through the city
Scene 3: By the wayside Bartimaeus begins to cry out for Jesus to have mercy
Scene 4: Many telling Bartimaeus to be quiet and hold his peace
Scene 5: Jesus standing still while Bartimaeus answers Him and asks that he may have sight
Scene 6: Bartimaeus being healed and made whole through his faith

Lesson points:

In the gospel of Mark we meet a blind man Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus. As was common in bible times, those suffering physical disabilities would have to rely on begging to fund their income. Bartimaeus would sit by the wayside on the road out of Jericho. On this particular day, the blind man used his key sense - his hearing - to discover that the commotion was due to the visit of Jesus of Nazareth to Jericho. A great crowd as well as His disciples were following the Lord, and the crowds in Jericho were great. (Spiritual application: Jesus was famous, His miracles, signs and wonders along with His teaching and authority meant He had to rise a great while before the sun rose to spend time alone in prayer). What makes this story even more significant is the fact that Jesus was passing through Jericho for the last time - He was on His way to Jerusalem where He knew He would be crucified. Bartimaeus was not going to miss his chance - he shouted for all his worth at the top of his voice! The crowd told him to be quiet, assuming that Jesus would have no interest in a lowly blind beggar...but how wrong they were! The bible records that the maker of the Heavens and the Earth "stood still" for this individual that He loved. (Spiritual application: Bartimaeus did not care about what others thought of Him - they tried to stop him coming to Jesus, but he was determined not to let anything get in the way - neither should we. It is still difficult to go against the crowd, but Bartimaeus would have no regrets!) Jesus asked Bartimaeus what He could do for him. His reply was that he might receive sight. Notice what Bartimaeus called the Lord "Jesus, Son of David" - the blind man had "seen" something that many had not - he understood that Jesus was the rightful King, the Messiah and therefore was the only one who could have mercy on him. Bartimaeus was rewarded, not only did he receive sight, but Jesus said his faith had made him whole! At the end of the story after this wonderful miracle, we read the simple words that Bartimaeus "followed Jesus". (Spiritual application: The changed life of Bartimaeus is an example to us all. Jesus desires that we also come to Him in our need, ask forgiveness for our sins, then follow Him.)

  • Product Ref: eikon_1117
  • Publication Date: 04/29/2011
  • Publisher: Eikon Bible Art

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