Mark 10:47-48 “When he heard that is was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!'”
Jericho was a city about 15 miles northeast of Jerusalem. It had many who were blind and infirm because Jericho had a flourishing spring fed oasis with many palm trees, rich fertile land that generated plenty of food and wealth. It was a strategic crossroads used by merchants, armies, and pilgrims.
Since there were no social or government programs to help people, the blind and infirm commonly staked out a good spot on the main road to Jericho and relied on alms (money or food) from those passing through.
This man, Bartimaeus, was completely at the mercy of those that would feel obliged or compassionate to help support him. There was nothing else he could do. But when he heard that Jesus was passing by, he cried out to Him. He’d heard the stories of how Jesus healed many others. He cried out not for money or food, but he cried out for Jesus to have mercy on him.
Today we are confronted by so many things there is nothing we can do about. But, like Bartimaeus, we can cry out, “Lord have mercy on me.”
He is the answer to our needs.