Significance of this blog’s name, ‘Jericho Shout’

The city of Jericho has a special place in Scripture… Most memorably in the OT, Joshua and his soldiers totally capture and destroy the city, see Joshua 6:1-27.  However, the name of this blog is taken by the shout of a poor blind beggar in the NT, during our Lord Jesus’ mission journeys.  See, Mark 10:46-52, where the blind Bartimeus, begged our Lord Jesus to to give him ‘vision.’   This story is recorded in all three synoptic Gospels and is important to our modern culture if for one thing – the faith each of us must possess to humbly plead our own limitations and beg for the miraculous healing/answer we so desperately seek.  When our human nature has not been tempered with good reason, prayer, and judgment, we suffer in darkness, and fall, hurt ourselves, and we then desperately seek the care of a Samaritan who can aid us.  Our Lord, is the source of all compassion and healing, yet how often do we cry and plead in humility for him to help and give us direction? Yet, His servants are among us – righteous people who offer to be his eyes, hands, and ears.  Do we humble ourselves like blind Bartimeus and cry out “HAVE MERCY ON ME!” ?..

Perhaps we don’t because we fear the burning heat of humiliation in front of our families and neighbors? 

“Let me receive my sight.” is the critical first step for Bartimeus to begin a new life.  A life that follows Jesus on his way.   Should we not pray for our morally blind-sighted elected leaders to read this Gospel story and humble themselves to cry out for vision and direction?  The same prayer should apply to the abortionist here in College Park.

Mark 10:46-52.   And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside.  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!”  And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; rise, he is calling you.”  And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?”  And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.”  And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.”    

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