Jesus causes a *blind man to see

Bartimaeus believed that Jesus could help him

updated by Sue Hunter

This study is one of a series of Studies in Mark’s Gospel in EasyEnglish.

A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them.



Mark 10:46-52 (see Mark's Gospel in EasyEnglish)


Jesus and his *disciples were walking to Jerusalem. Jericho was 15 miles from Jerusalem. When poor people wanted money they often sat outside town gates. Lots of people went past. And the poor person could ask them for money.

There was a large crowd there in Jericho because they were also going to Jerusalem. They wanted to hear what Jesus said. They did not want to hear Bartimaeus shouting. So they told him to be quiet. But he knew that Jesus could help him. So he continued to shout.

Jesus asked Bartimaeus what he wanted. Jesus knew what Bartimaeus needed. But Jesus wanted him to ask for it himself. God knows what we need. But he wants us to tell him about it (Philippians 4:6).

It is interesting that Mark knew the blind man's name. Perhaps that is because Bartimaeus became a disciple. We know that he followed Jesus along the road.

Questions to ask

V47   Why was Bartimaeus shouting to Jesus?

V48   What did the crowd do? Why did they do that? Did Bartimaeus do what they said?

V49   What did Jesus do? Does Jesus ever refuse to listen when people ask him to help them?

V50   What did Bartimaeus do when Jesus called him?

V51   What was the most important thing to Bartimaeus?

V51-52  What did Bartimaeus need to do?

V52   Did Jesus make him see? When Bartimaeus could see, why did he follow Jesus? Why do we need to follow Jesus?

Something to do

Think about what we can learn about Jesus from this story.

Talk about blind people. Jesus does not always make them see. Talk about the reason for this. Think about how we can help someone who is blind. We can tell Jesus what we need, and he will help us.

Words to explain

Blind ~ a blind person cannot see.

Disciple ~ someone who wants to do the same things as another person and who wants to learn from him. At that time, a disciple usually travelled with his teacher and he worked for his teacher.