Blind Bart: Mark 10:46-11:11

Day 27
Friday,
March 16, 2018
“Blind Bart”
Mark 10:46 – 11:11

Don’t skip the proper nouns – place Jericho on a map. We’re nearly there, eh? Yesterday, the followers are dragging feet, hanging back, amazed and afraid. Today, the crowd has grown again, enough that a blind man can tell.

I like to voice ‘blind Bart’ as Bart Simpson – demanding, rude, in your face. Jesus gives him a reaction – he’s been named, as only demons and finally Peter at the Transfiguration have been able to name him. Bart Jumps up, and asks for vision – and Jesus says ‘you got it – it’s your faith that did it.’

This time, this guy, follows Jesus on the way, even though Jesus said ‘go’. This has not been the pattern – he’s not heading out to tell the secret – Jesus didn’t even tell him to keep the secret – the story is developing!

Closing the gap again: Bethpage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives. WE know about suburbs! We’re in the Jerusalem orbit, and the lads are being sent to town to get some transport. This is a sign, for those who know their prophets – not the need of a lazy man. Jesus already walked from Syria!

Jesus is getting prescient in detail now – go get this colt at this place – and when challenged, say that. Sure enough, it happens – and the challengers folds and lets them go with the colt. Here we go – Palm Sunday, a week early (the passion takes up more than a week’s worth of text, we need 2 weeks – other gospels have even longer passions – especially John’s speeches)

Many people are now naming Jesus and his messianic role – not just the demons, not just the beneficiaries, more than the disciples: the crowds.

Like many suburbanites, Jesus just drops into the city to look around at the temples – then returns to the bedroom commuter community, Bethpage, with the 12, not the crowds or mobs. 


They came to Jericho.

As he and his disciples
and a large crowd
were leaving Jericho,

Bartimaeus
son of Timaeus, 
a blind beggar,
 was sitting by the roadside.

When he heard
 that it was
 Jesus of Nazareth, 
he began to shout out
and say,

 ‘Jesus,
 Son of David,
 have mercy on me!’

Many sternly ordered him to be quiet,
 but he cried out even more loudly,

‘Son of David, 
have mercy on me!’

Jesus stood still and said,
 ‘Call him here.’

And they called the blind man, 
saying to him, 
‘Take heart;
 get up,
 he is calling you.’

So throwing off his cloak,
 he sprang up
and came to Jesus.

Then Jesus said to him, 
‘What do you want me to do for you?’

The blind man said to him,
 ‘My teacher, let me see again.’

Jesus said to him, 
‘Go; your faith has made you well.’

Immediately he regained his sight
and followed him on the way.

When they were approaching Jerusalem,
 at Bethphage and Bethany,
near the Mount of Olives, 
he sent two of his disciples
and said to them,

‘Go into the village ahead of you,
 and immediately as you enter it,
you will find tied there a colt
that has never been ridden;
untie it and bring it.

 If anyone says to you,
 “Why are you doing this?” 
just say this,
 “The Lord needs it
and will send it back here
immediately.” ’

They went away
and found a colt
 tied near a door,
 outside in the street.

As they were untying it, 
some of the bystanders said to them, ‘
What are you doing, untying the colt?’

They told them what Jesus had said; 
and they allowed them to take it. 

Then they brought the colt to Jesus
 and threw their cloaks on it; 
and he sat on it. 

Many people spread their cloaks on the road,
 and others spread leafy branches
 that they had cut in the fields. 

Then those who went ahead
 and those who followed
 were shouting,

‘Hosanna! 
Blessed is the one
who comes
 in the name of the Lord!

Blessed is the coming kingdom
of our ancestor David!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

Then he entered Jerusalem
and went into the temple; 
and when he had looked around
at everything, 
as it was already late,
 he went out to Bethany
with the twelve.