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Large crowds followed Jesus wherever he went, bringing their sick friends and relatives to be healed. On this day as he was leaving Jerusalem, he was again accompanied by a crowd of people.
As he drew near to Jericho they saw a blind beggar sitting by the roadside. His name was Bartimaeus
(bar tu MAY us).
He began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Jesus was called Son of David because he was a descendant of King David who had ruled Israel for 40 years many years before.)
The blind man's friends told him to be quiet, but he called out even louder to Jesus.
Jesus stopped and told his disciples to call Bartimaeus over to him. They said to him, "Cheer up! On your feet! He is calling you." He threw off his coat and came to Jesus.
Jesus asked him what he wanted, and he said, "Rabbi, (meaning 'teacher') I want to see."
Jesus said, "Go, your faith has healed you." Immediately, he was able to see, and he followed Jesus.
What a happy day in the life of this blind man who had believed in the healing power of the Son of God!
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What does this story
mean to me?
The blind man in the story was persistent. He did not give up. He called out again and again. He would not stop until he could talk to Jesus.
One time Jesus told the story of a widow who had not been treated fairly (Luke 18:1-8). She kept coming back to the judge until he gave her what she wanted. Has someone treated you unfairly? Talk to God about it, and don't give up. He will help.
Do you need help with a problem? God wants to hear from you. He loves to hear your voice talking to him.
If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.
Mark 9:23 (NKJV)
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1.Why did the crowd follow Jesus?
2. Who was sitting by the roadside begging?
3. Why was he calling out to Jesus?
4. What did he say when Jesus asked him what he wanted?
5. What did Jesus say to him when he healed him?
6. What did he do after being healed?
You can read about Bartimaeus in the Bible in
Luke 18:35-43 and Mark 10:45-47
Multiple Choice Test
The Blind Man - Word Search
The Blind Man - Crossword Puzzle
The Blind Man - Word Scramble
Luke 18:42-43 Fill-in the Blanks
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In Blind, Blind Bart Jesus heals the blind man, Bartimaeus. Level I. 8 pages.
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Blind Bartimaeus - Story 217
Most Recent Comments ( See more comments on this page ) 2009-11-10
i feel this has has helped me in so many ways to enrich the younge minds in my class in a way the understand.
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Parable of Talents
Paul's 1st Journey
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Paul's 3rd Journey
Paul in Rome
Go to Calvary Chapel and look at story #217 for activities for "Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus".
They have color sheets, crossword puzzles, word finds, and worksheets.
Graphic courtesy of The Bread Site public domain clipart collection
Puzzles on these pages courtesy of
Songs of Praise and Armored Penguin