79 Beginning of the hope

Luke 18:35-43
Plams 86:6-11
T In a town of Jericho

Jerusalem is a town of the mountain. When you go down a day's journey in the wilderness that was dry as the desert, to the northeast from there, subtropical regions rich green is spreading in the lowlands of -260 meters above sea level. There, there is a Jericho called like another world though, the town of the month, the town of date palm. A party of Jesus came over to the town of Jericho. With the disciples who were together from Galilee, people of sympathizers and new disciples joined from Perea were together. "And it came about that as He was approaching Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting by the road, begging. Now hearing a multitude going by, he began to inquire what this might be. And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he called out, saying, 'Jesus , Son of David, have mercy on me!'" (35-38) Two blind men come out in the parallel article of Matthew (20:29-34), but Luke deals only one of them. Two blind men come out in the parallel article of Matthew (20:29-34), but Luke deals only one of them. His name was Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46), and he was begging at the gate of the edge of town. Jericho was the post town that extends from north to south, so there was a gate in the north and south; probably, he was sitting on north gate at that time. Matthew and Mark were saying "As they were going out from Jericho", so it was in the morning that Jesus was going out towards Jerusalem; but in the article of Luke, it starts from the evening Jesus was arrived at Jericho. Bartimaeus heard about Jesus in the evening. And, he thought this and that overnight, and hoped to see Jesus again. During in that night, there was a encounter of Jesus and Zacchaeus tax collectors (19:1-10). Would he have heard it? He shouted "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"; it was that of the next morning.

What was he troubled with overnight, and why did he want to meet Jesus; though this is just my imagination, he would have tasted exceptional sorrow and hotness, with eye's handicap. It seems to be emphasized that he had been forced to live humiliating begging. However, Luke does not show an interest in that. It was the interest of Matthew. In Matthew, the words that "And moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes" has been added. But, Luke added the "story of the Lord" to this articles for another reason, I think. I would like to explore it.


U Being far distantly from God

There are several places that the intent of Luke is putting there; let's pick up these. First of all, as Luke was waiting impatiently that Jesus was arriving in Jericho, he simply expanded the story focused on one person Bartimaeus. Probably, it did not need a complex element. Luke did not have an interest even to the name of Bartimaeus. I feel the desire of Luke that readers will stare at the only center point. The second thing, it is the "multitude". It is there, "Now hearing a multitude going by, he began to inquire what this might be.". This is the article of only Luke. Since Jericho was a big post town, it's no wonder a lot of people is coming and going. It was not possible to ride on bus to go to Jerusalem from Jericho because overcrowded, I had a experience to ride on a jeep which came. However, Luke are citing this crowd as a point of contact with Jesus and him. In this crowd, there were "those who led the way (leader)", I feel this is similar to the orderly return of the king by winning the battle; so he would have listened to the footsteps of the matrix. Luke does not say anything, but this article makes me imagine that this blind man felt envy to the crowd who were with Jesus. And it seems to make stand out his desperate loneliness. It is thought it was due to conscious the loneliness which is disconnected from the Jewish community. The law of Moses are defined as should be gently deliberately to the foreign people with disabilities, to the stranger, to the widow; but the Jewish community of reality was never gently for such people. Because eyes are inconvenient, there is not the way which he lives unless to beg. Probably, he would not have been added to the worship in Jewish synagogue. Though it also overlaps the modern society of the weak truncation in the economic downturn, it means that he was a person far from God. He wanted to be close to God. It would have been his compelling desire. He could not see the world of people, so his desire to seek God was more stronger, I think.


V Beginning of the hope

This the third thing. "He began to inquire what this might be." "they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by."The people who answered here said "Jesus of Nazareth" (it is not in Matthew). But he called Jesus with the title as the Messiah. "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Where did he recognize Jesus as the Messiah? Unfortunately, each writer of Gospel is also silent. However, while bearing that fact, Luke has incorporated the article of Zacchaeus of the next. The article of Zacchaeus, it is only a thing of Luke. So that, you will be able to nod that this article is starting from the evening. There, there is a declaration of Jesus, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham." (19:9). "A son of Abraham", it is meaning person of Israel, those who belong to God has been put there; probably he would have heard that declaration from the people of the town who had heard through the window. "Because he, too, is a son of Abraham"; how he would have wished to hear that words so much! In the place that he cried many times repeatedly without stop that "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!", his thought is overflowing! Don't you think so?

The fourth thing is that "And immediately he regained his sight, and began following Him, glorifying God;" (43, the expression of only Luke). Probably, his desires, "I want to be a son of Abraham", "I want to be a person who belongs to God, has overflowed; so he would have been able to follow Jesus while "glorifying God". And, these conversations were there, "What do you want to Me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to regain my sight!" and "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." (41-42) ; how do you think, would his first wish have been to regain his sight? I do not think so. But, he wished to regain his sight. He did not have anything to offer to the Lord, like Zacchaeus! So, he could not say "Please say that you are also a son of Abraham". At the very least, if his sight has regained, it might be able to do something for God, he considered. So, he hoped such a thing. To regain his sight, he did not have any doubt for it, here. Because, it was a very little thing for him.

This is the last. "And immediately he regained his sight," (43); so he followed Jesus while glorifying God. It means that he has joined those who felt envious because they were with Jesus. He also became one of His disciples. Mark wrote its name Bartimaeus to here; probably, his name has been well known to His disciples. To become a disciple of Jesus, there was a common fact that they have heard the declaration of the Lord saying "You are a son of Me" and have followed Him, in there. There, invitation to the faith has been told. "Your faith has made you well" (42)G it is in that sense. And, we want to remember that it is also the history of our faith community. Luke says, the journey to Jerusalem close to the end is not the end yet. For us, the cross of Jesus is a beginning of all. In the story of the Lord, His disciples (we also) are added; and there, the promising hope which God precedes, will spread. In this era which is remarkable sense of stagnation, don't we want to continue staring that hope with Luke?



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