Preparing the Way of the Lord

Mark 9 – 10

Mark 9

The light of God’s Spirit, and the salt of zeal for God and his Word

Let us cast off our lukewarmness for the practical application of the Word of God, and be salted with zeal for God and his will; fill ourselves with the oil of God’s Spirit; that the light of our example of obedience and godliness may shine forth to all men.

Jesus prophesies that some of his disciple will see Him in a vision of the Kingdom of God; and will later see him resurrected in his glory and power as High Priest and King of the Kingdom of God.

Mark 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Six days later James, Peter and John see the Kingdom in a vision

9:2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

Moses and Elijah were the two men who stood fast by Jesus in all things; the two witnesses are types of these two men.

The word lamp stand which features olive oil burning with a wick to provide light, was rendered as candlestick by the KJ translators due to the use of candles at the time in Britain thus obscuring the meaning of the scriptures.

Zechariah  4:1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep. 4:2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick [lampstand] all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: 

4:3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

4:4  So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?

These two pour through themselves the oil of God’s Spirit into the lamp stand of the seven churches; and as the burning oil in the seven branches of the Temple lamp stand produces light, the oil of the Holy Spirit fills the seven churches with the light of God’s Word

There are seven lamps on the lampstand; one lamp for each of the seven churches

Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Each light represents one of the seven churches; and if those individuals who have the problems of any of these seven churches do not overcome those problems; their light will be extinguished. Some who have the problems of the seven churches will repent and the seven lights will shine again; but individually those who have these problems must repent or have their personal light [of God’s Spirit] removed.

ALL these attitudes exist together at the end times [today] as they did in the first century!

Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.  

The Angel Answers Zechariah

Zechariah 4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks  [lamp stands] standing before the God of the earth.

Mark 9:3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. 9:4 And there appeared unto them Elias [Elijah] with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

9:5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 9:6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.

In the vision Moses and Elijah were presented as the two who stood by Messiah the Christ the King of kings, and God’s two latter day prophets will be like Moses and Elijah in their zeal to live by every Word of God.

9:7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

God the Father as the ONLY God remaining after Jesus became flesh. and he did begin to interact with human beings as soon as Jesus gave up his Godhood to be made flesh. He was the one to whom Jesus prayed and the one who revealed that Jesus was the Son and who resurrected Jesus. Jesus was the God who exclusively dealt with humanity UNTIL he gave up his God-ship to become flesh as a mortal man.

9:8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

The men were told to keep silent about this vision until it was fulfilled by the resurrection and glorification of Christ. Yes the two types of Moses and Elijah will come soon to prepare the way for the coming of Messiah the Christ.

9:9 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. 9:10 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.

The vision triggered up thoughts of Elijah and so they asked Jesus about him. A type of Elijah [John Baptist]  did come before Christ at his birth in the flesh; and another person [type of Elijah] shall also come in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way before the soon coming of Christ.

9:11 And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come? 9:12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought. 9:13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him. 9:14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.

The scribes rebuked the common people for seeking Christ and he asked them why they did this. This is like the Ekklesia today who persecute people who are zealous for the Word of God; saying follow us instead of the scriptures.

9:15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. 9:16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?

A question of faith in God

9:17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 9:18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. 9:19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

9:20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

9:21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 9:22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

A lesson in seeking faith from God

9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 9:26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting [complete faith and obedience, coupled with humility before God].

9:30 And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.

Jesus then taught his disciples in private about his coming death and resurrection; which they could not yet understand.

9:31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. 9:32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

The subject of who would be the greatest begins to appear; this is the same unconverted rivalries that corrupts the brethren today. Jesus warned of and forbade such rivalries and we see the fruits of our own disobedience to his instructions throughout the splitting organizations today.

9:33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

Jesus knew their thoughts even if they wanted to keep their attitudes private. Consider that you exalters of yourselves: Jesus Christ will have NO PART with you, who disobey his teachings.

9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall [must] be last [least] of all, and servant of all.

Jesus then taught that we are to follow his example of childlike innocence, humility, loving faithfulness and whole hearted obedience to God the Father.

9:36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, 9:37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

The attitude of competition was rebuked by Jesus as it was by Moses. The false teaching that some corporate group is the one and only true church has got to go!

Numbers 11:27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. 11:28  And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. 11:29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!

I agree fully and absolutely: I would that all the people were like Moses and Elijah! 

Mark 9:38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. 9:39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. 9:40 For he that is not against us is on our part.

You elders who persecute the zealous; will you not follow the example of Gamaliel and wait to see the end of the matter? Consider what Jesus had to say about those who helped or persecuted his little ones!

Yes, for breaking the commandments rebuke them, but for zealous obedience, rebuke them NOT, lest you be judged by their Master!

9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

Let ABSOLUTELY NOTHING interfere with our relationship with Jesus Christ and God the Father.

9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 9:44 Where their worm [maggots] dieth not [eats them up and becomes flies], and the fire [of Gehenna] is not quenched [until all is consumed]. 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Our example of godliness is to be the salt of the earth; and we are to let the light of our godly Christ-like example shine brightly for all to see. As something bland and unacceptable, is made tasty and desirable by the addition of salt; our zeal to be LIKE Jesus Christ and God the Father, makes us acceptable to God.

Salt is a metaphor for our zeal to live by every Word of God! like the perfect love and zeal of Christ, to do the will of God the Father!

Salt is a type of the passionate internalizing of the Word and nature of God by diligent study, sincere repentance, and an absolutely uncompromising, dedicated, diligent zeal to live by every Word of God!

My friends, many pay lip-service to God and have a form of godliness; WITHOUT THE SALT of ardent passionate zealous love for living by every Word of our God! Therefore their lamp light is flickering out as they quench the Spirit of God.

Today the light of all seven churches of Revelation is flickering OUT!

We NEED these two sons of oil [filled with the light and Spirit of God, and pouring out the oil of God’s Spirit into the seven lamps of the called out; to bring us to sincere repentance, to strengthen what is ready to die and to restore all things to what God intended from the very beginning!  Preparing the way for the coming of Christ and the Kingdom of God!

God is going to bring us to repentance by a great correction; instilling in us the salt of zeal, through the fire of affliction, and the work of his two “Olive Trees”!

9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire [must be salted with a burning zeal for the Word of God], and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt [as a lesson in making our service acceptable through enthusiastic zeal]. 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt [zeal for godliness] in yourselves, and have peace one with another [In the LORD].

The zeal of the saints is the salt that makes this world endurable to God; if we lose our savor of enthusiasm for God the Father’s will: What is left?  A passionate enthusiastic zeal for the whole Word of God is what brings spiritual unity and peace between the brethren!

Mark 10

Mark 10:1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by [way of] the farther [east] side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again [as they walked along].

Divorce and remarriage expounded by the Creator of male and female.

10:2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

10:3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? 10:4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.

Divorce was allowed because of the unconverted sinful hardhearted nature of people as a means of alleviating suffering.

Jesus Christ knew that men and women would be unkind, unforgiving and full of selfishness, and permitted under the Mosaic Covenant that when the situation became insufferable a divorce might take place. Yet divorce was NEVER intended and was NEVER the will of the Creator.

The will of God is that a marriage should be dissolved ONLY by death; that any couple in the faith and supposedly with God’s Spirit; supposedly loving, kind hearted, forgiving, repentant, who divorces in the faith is committing sin against God’s will and against his Spirit!

We will be forgiven by God in direct proportion to how we forgive others, and if we cannot forgive the one that we have vowed before God to love for a lifetime; THEN WE ARE NOT FIT TO BE A PART OF THE BRIDE OF CHRIST!

10:5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

Physical marriage was meant to teach us the eternal, passionately loving, repentant, caring, cooperative, obedient, faithful wife that the Creator wants for eternity. And was to be a tiny example of the kind of passionately loving, giving, forgiving, faithful Creator Husband!

The called out and unconverted are supposed to be filled with the Spirit, the very nature, of Jesus Christ.

10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 10:8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

Jesus then commands the will of God that when a couple is joined in the God created institution of marriage: They are NOT TO DIVORCE!

10:9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

A private instruction to the Called Out disciples of Jesus Christ. We are supposed to be the called out disciples of Christ; let us therefore listen to and follow his instructions.

10:10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.

10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. 10:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

To separate for a short time is permissible, but divorce is the fruit of SIN on the part of one or both spouses. Behind all the problems in a marriage is usually the sin of selfishness, of wanting ones own way. “You will do what I say; no, I have my rights.”  Instead of communicating and cooperating with each other, in such passionate love that each is willing to cooperate and serve the other even unto death for each other.

And if because of a hardness of heart by one or both spouses, a separation is made; they are NOT to remarry!

1 Corinthians 7:10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 7:11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

1 Corinthians 7:39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. [and the same for the husband]

Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication [pornea (adultery or any type of sexual infidelity) or its spiritual counterpart willful rebellion (spiritual adultery) against God and God’s Word.], causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Divorce is a great evil, but remarriage is adultery and is a greater evil. No person who divorces and remarries in the faith shall enter the Kingdom of God without repentance.

Matthew 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

19:10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

19:11  But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

If a couple in the faith divorces; to remarry is to live in adultery.

Nevertheless, to repent and be baptized is to have all past sins removed, therefore a hundred divorces and remarriages BEFORE conversion, is washed away at baptism and one goes forward in a new life in Christ.

We are to NEVER marry outside the faith, however if when one is baptized, being already married to an unconverted spouse, and they later leave, never having committed themselves to the faith; then the converted person is like they are single and are not bound to the antagonistic unconverted spouse.  Likewise if they marry in good faith within the faith and their spouse proves to be sinful and unconverted and leaves; the converted person is not bound to the wicked spouse. 

1 Corinthians 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage [bound by the law of marriage] in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

A lesson of childlike trust, faith and teachability

Mark 10:13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Whoever is filled with a hunger and thirst for spiritual knowledge, and is willing to learn and keep the teachings of the heavenly Father like an enthusiastic young child; is of the Kingdom of God.

Those who are complacent and lacking in zeal for learning more and more godliness; who sit back on their own traditions and stand on the past, not continually growing in grace [repentance] and knowledge, towards a full unity with the Father:  Is NOT of God!.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Mark 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 10:16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

The question of how to inherit eternal life; the key question about the way to salvation

10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

Even though he was perfect and sinless, Jesus while in the flesh demonstrated true humility; and understood the whole hearted love of his Father in heaven, saying that only God [in this case meaning the Father] is good.

10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Jesus Christ said: To enter eternal life: Keep the Commandments!

10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 10:20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

Jesus then pointed out the one commandment that the young man was [possibly unknowingly] breaking. Placing material things above the spiritual, which is the sin of idolatry. This same sin is extant and has overwhelmed the Assemblies today.

10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

Trusting in transitory physical things which we can see and hold in our hands, is a great distraction away from the spiritual things of lasting value.

10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

10:26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Peter then asks what is the reward of the disciples of Christ?

10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.

Jesus then said that the true brethren will indeed enter the larger family of brethren, based on the foundation of complete unity with God. Those who turn from physical desires to desire the spiritual things of God will have that love and committed dedication to Christ and God the Father as their foundation for unity among themselves.

Oh, my dear friends, those of you who would compromise with unity with God to gain an appearance of corporate unity have gone very far astray and have been deceived into rejecting the ONLY source and foundation of true unity among the brethren: Which is a full personal unity with God, through the internalizing of the nature of God within ourselves by the passionate committed dedicated keeping of all his commandments and the doing of God’s will; through the exercising of the gift of the spirit of God!

10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

There are those who have been in the faith for 60 years and have been basically treading water; with little growth. Then there are some who have been in the faith for only a few years who have learned and grown more than those of sixty years in the faith.

That is the meaning that many of those first called, shall be last in the Kingdom; while many who are called last, shall have a first or higher place. The parable of the talents makes this plain. The reward is according to the zealous effort put into internalizing the nature of God and growing in grace [repentance and overcoming] and knowledge.

Matthew 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

25:26  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 25:27  Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Mark 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

Jesus began to teach his disciples those things that should shortly befall him; and they were astonished and afraid for they had thought that he would bring the Kingdom right then.

10:32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, 10:33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: 10:34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

James and John who had seen the transfiguration still seek the preeminence. It is no different today with many seeking personal preeminence instead of the humility of Christ.

10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. 10:36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? 10:37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.

Jesus asks them of they are willing to be martyred for him. At that time they did not understand, but later they would have understood when they saw Christ crucified.

10:38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 10:39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: 10:40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.

Rivalry among the disciples of Christ, just as it is today

10:41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.

Jesus gives instructions in godly leadership

10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister [servant]: 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be [the most humble servant among you] servant of all.

10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

The healing of blind Bartimaeus; an example for the Kingdom of God when Christ shall open all eyes and all shall see and understand the things of God:

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 2:29  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.

2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.

Mark 10:46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 10:47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 10:48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

10:49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 10:50 And he, casting away his garment [coat], rose, and came to Jesus.

10:51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 10:52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

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