Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, August 16, 2020

Theme: THE FRAILTY OF MAN

Text: “And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.  And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight”. – Mark 10:49-52.

Comment: This is another thrilling story in the Holy Bible that demonstrates the power of God over the devil in bringing succour or relief to those the enemy had kept in bondage and deprivation of the blessings of the Almighty Father. The record here is an attestation on the mission of Christ to the world that “… the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.” -Isaiah 35:5.

Bartimaeus, a poor beggar, was struck with the burden of living and doing his daily chores without the benefit of his sight. In this narrative, he would have heard of the fame of the Jesus but had not met him, until a chance meeting with the Lord transformed his life for good. “And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” – Mark 10:47. 

True to his divinity, as a compassionate Lord, Jesus asked him: “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” And he answered: “Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” This case, like many others done by Christ and the apostles, picture the deliverance God’s children would enjoy in a greater measure in yonder bank, the Promised Home. – Isaiah 33:24; Jeremiah 33:6. 

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