Jan 18, 2020
Yesterday we heard of the rivalry between Rachel and Leah, and about more sons for Jacob— whose names all have meanings appropriate to what Rachel or Leah were feeling at the time.
Yesterday in chapter 17, Job again complained that he was surrounded by mockers, and once again despairingly said
17:15 GNT Where is there any
hope for me?
Who sees any?
16 Hope will not go with me
when I go down to the world of the dead.
Jesus has by now prepared his disciples for his death by prophesying about it, and by teaching them about what it will be like to be a ‘leader’ in His kingdom. And he healed Bartimaeus, who called Jesus by his Messianic title: the Son of David.
Listen to this quote from Constable’s notes for v.10:49:
The two descriptions of Jesus in these verses reveal the faith of Bartimaeus. The crowds simply described Jesus as “the Nazarene.” Bartimaeus had obviously heard about Jesus and had concluded that He was the Messiah. “Son of David” is a messianic title (cf. 11:9-10; 12:35-37; 2 Sam. 7:8-16; Isa. 11:1, 10; Jer. 23:5-6; Ezek. 34:23-24). Even though Bartimaeus lacked physical sight he saw more clearly who Jesus was than the multitudes who could see. His cry for mercy from Jesus expressed the attitude of trust, humility, and dependence that Jesus had been teaching His disciples to maintain.
Thomas Constable was a professor for many years at Dallas Theological Seminary. His notes are available to read using the Bible study site: lumina.bible.org.