Day 82 – Passing through Jericho

 

As they came near to Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road begging. Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant. They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. He cried out, “Jesus… you son of David… have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him, that he should be quiet… but he cried out all the more, “You son of David… have mercy on me!”

Standing still, Jesus commanded him to be brought to him. When he had come near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do?”

He said, “Lord, that I may see again.”

Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him – glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it praised God.

He entered and was passing through Jericho. There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn’t because of the crowd (because he was short). He ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him… for he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down… for today I must stay at your house.” He hurried, came down, and received him joyfully. When they saw it, they all murmured, “He has gone in to lodge with a man who is a sinner.”

Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much.”

Jesus said to him, “Today, salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”

As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable (because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that God’s Kingdom would be revealed immediately). He said therefore, “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. He called ten servants of his and gave them ten mina coins… and told them, ‘Conduct business until I come.’ But his citizens hated him, and sent an envoy after him, saying, ‘We don’t want this man to reign over us.’

“When he had come back again (having received the kingdom), he commanded these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him that he might know what they had gained by conducting business. The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten more minas.’ He said to him, ‘Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ The second came, saying, ‘Your mina, Lord, has made five minas,’ so he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Another came, saying, ‘Lord, behold… your mina… which I kept laid away in a handkerchief… for I feared you, because you are an exacting man. You take up that which you didn’t lay down and reap that which you didn’t sow.’ He said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn’t lay down, and reaping that which I didn’t sow? Then… why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have earned interest on it?’ He said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to him who has the ten minas.’

“They said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ ‘For I tell you that to everyone who has, will more be given… but from him who doesn’t have, even that which he has will be taken away from him. But bring those enemies of mine (who didn’t want me to reign over them) here and kill them before me.’”

Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he went out from Jericho, his disciples and a great multitude followed him.

Behold, two blind beggars (one being Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus) were sitting by the road. When they heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene passing by, cried out, “Lord Jesus… you son of David… have mercy on us!”  Many rebuked them, telling them that they should be quiet, but they cried out even more, “Lord! Have mercy on us! You, son of David!”

Jesus stood still, and said, “Call him.”

They called the blind man, saying to him, “Cheer up! Get up, he is calling you!” He (casting away his cloak) sprang up and came to Jesus.

Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

The blind man said to him, “Rabboni… Lord… that our eyes may be opened… that I may see again.”

Jesus being moved with compassion, touched their eyes said, “Go your way. Your faith has made you well.” Immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Jesus on the way.

 

Source Text Prioritization:

  1. Matthew 20:29-34
  2. Mark 10:46-52
  3. Luke 18:35 – 19:28

 

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