Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:46-47
Most people believed Jesus was a Galilean from Nazareth (cf. Matt 21:11). Certainly his mother, Mary, lived in Nazareth (cf. Luke 1:26-27). It is revealed most did not think highly of those from the area and no significant person came from Galilee (cf. John 7:52, Acts 2:7-8).
But this blind man remarkably calls Jesus something else – Son of David!
Although He considered a Galilean, His birth in Bethlehem fulfills the scripture and is the town David was from.
The lineage of His family reported by Matthew and Luke confirm the genealogy to King David.
How remarkable a blind man recognizes this when many seeing people did not.
King Herod has no claim to the throne. He is actually an Edomite from the lineage of Esau, Jacob’s brother.
Rome placed the family in leadership of Israel.
Having no sight is not the worst blindness. Paul spoke of those that refuse to see or understand the life offered to them from God – because of the blindness of their heart; Eph 4:18
It is not a matter of opening your eyes to Who Jesus is – but opening your heart!