Do You Know What You Want? Part 3

By Mike Seale In the story of blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52) Jesus responded to his call for mercy, and so the Son of GOD asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” Can you imagine Jesus asking you that question? What would you say? This is not some genie in a bottle, […]

Do You Know What You Want (part 2)

By Mike Seale Mark 10:46-52 It took courage for blind Bartimaeus to shout, “Son of David, have mercy on me,” especially when people in the crowd rebuked him and told him to be quiet. The rebuke fueled his passion because he “shouted all the more.” Jesus must have appreciated that desire because he responded and […]

Do You Know What You Want? (Part 1)

By Mike Seale The story of blind Bartimaeus is one of great stories showing mercy of our LORD and Savior, and also one that causes me to ask, “Do you know what you want?” Like Bartimaeus, he had heard about Jesus (Mark 10:47). I love his boldness to shout for mercy. I have found myself […]

Astonished and Afraid

By Mike Seale In Mark 10:32-34 Jesus is very clear on his purpose and direction. I am going to Jerusalem, there I will be betrayed, condemned to die, mocked, spit upon, flogged and killed. The text says his disciples were astonished and others who followed were afraid. We might ask, “Why would GOD lead us […]