I think it is the enthusiasm of these ones who now called Bartimaeus to cheer up, to get up, to know that Jesus is especially calling for you, it’s their excitement in this moment that makes Bartimaeus do something extraordinary. A beggar’s life is like being in a prison where food and shelter are on the other side of an invisible door. That’s where we first meet Bartimaeus, sitting in the dust beside the road that led from Jericho to Jerusalem. He will invite you to ask of Him what it is you need most and as He stands still, as you stand still in front of Him, faith moves and eyes see. Bartimaeus cried out for mercy, he knew what it was to be judged as worthless but now he appealed to Jesus to be merciful. What we do struggle with the most is to love mercy. We offer 30,000+ outlines and 10,000+ free sermon illustrations from top Christian pastors and communicators. How to Turn Thanksgiving into Thanksliving, CCPA - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Is it breath taking beauty, is it a near miss, is it seeing the miraculous? It was the faith that persistently called to Jesus for mercy, it was the faith to throw aside his ragged old cloak that had made him so invisible for all these years, it was the faith to walk right up to Jesus and it was the faith to ask Jesus for life. In fact there were two Jericho’s, the one Joshua had led his army to march around and destroy and then another town just south of it that became the Jericho of Bartimaeus’ day. The three most common words heard among Christians in times of crisis are: "Lord, do something!" That’s where Jesus and the disciples and the great crowd that followed Him were, down in the dust and desert of Jericho. Part of walking humbly with our God is to learn to ask, even to ask the obvious, even to ask repeatedly, even to ask in faith. A great Rabbi could teach a blind beggar a few things but it wouldn’t change his life. Twice he has won the World Championship of Living Statues. Once he is utterly defeated in your life, he is utterly defeated. For a blind beggar an utter helplessness becomes the hope crushing normal. What makes you stand still? But the point is clear, Jesus demonstrates His mercy but commanding people to love mercy and they become merciful. He is calling for you.” Jesus demonstrates His mercy through the people He commands and today that group of people is called His church. In fact, waiting patiently for God to act is probably the most difficult thing about the Christian walk. King James Version Chapter 14. Stand Still and See God Work Dan Rodgers Exodus 14:13, 14 September 23, 2007 INTRODUCTION: The emphasis on my message this morning is what God can and will do when we remove ourselves from the picture and watch Him work on our behalf. He will be merciful and not judge with the judgment you deserve. They get to love mercy. Even devoted believers panic when the Lord doesn't move according That’s what Bartimaeus was doing, desperately crying out to Jesus. Introduction: John Eicke, is a performance artist who works as a so-called living statue. It is totally against our nature as human beings to stand still and do nothing when we face perplexing trials. By definition mercy is sometimes used as a synonym for compassion yet what it literally means is to not give judgment where judgment is deserved. You can find it in 2Samuel 7:12,13, “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. All Rights Reserved. In these times where we “stand still” we will see God move in mighty ways. The truth is he was already utterly defeated at the cross; you only need to enforce that victory. I. Here is a blind beggar being led to Him and the need seems to be glaringly obvious. His mercy becomes their good news, they get to bring a life changing call to the least of these. Text Sermons : David Wilkerson : STAND STILL! His sight was to him life and when Jesus restored that sight He made Bartimaeus alive again. Proposition: A bent reed He will not break. He fills these ones with a sense of excitement that something wonderful is about to happen. O. C. E. A. E. Social. When Jesus stands still He is careful to listen and is moved by the heart that is desperate for mercy. III. When Jesus Stood Still Faith Moved and Eyes Saw. To stand still means something or someone has caught your attention, something is about to happen. Sermon Tone Analysis. He uses desperation to sharpen humility, the humility that all prayer is dependent upon. All Rights Reserved. That was all true for Bartimaeus and it can also be true for you because Jesus Christ is the same today as He was yesterday and even back to Bartimaeus day. Jericho is a small oasis of a town just to the north of the Dead Sea. The NASB says they went to Bartimaeus saying, “Take courage, stand up! He commands others to go and call Bartimaeus. God sometimes uses desperation in our lives to drive us to Himself. A. D. F. J. S. Emotion. We sometimes struggle with walking humbly with our God. This excerpt only shows a 2000 character sample of the full content. Rediscover Christmas - 2020 Advent Series Sermon Central This morning we are going to look at a time when Jesus stood still, when God the Father had caught His attention because someone had caught the Fathers attention. There is a wonderful verse in Micah 6:8 that goes, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?” We generally don’t have a problem when it comes to doing justly or to love justice. God Uses Desperation to Sharpen Humility in Prayer. View more → STAND STILL. They saw Jesus as a great Rabbi, not the Messiah, not the Son of David. Keep in mind; when anything worth value is accomplished in our lives, it has been God who has done it and not we, ourselves. I can’t help but think there was this wonderful smile on Jesus’ face as life poured into the soul of the son of Timaeus.
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