This morning we are going to look at a time when Jesus stood still, when God the Father had caught His attention because someone had caught the Fathers attention. Once he is utterly defeated in your life, he is utterly defeated. It was the faith that persistently called to Jesus for mercy, it was the faith to throw aside his ragged old cloak that had made him so invisible for all these years, it was the faith to walk right up to Jesus and it was the faith to ask Jesus for life. There are 16108 characters in the full content. II. There is a wonderful verse in Micah 6:8 that goes, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?” We generally don’t have a problem when it comes to doing justly or to love justice. By definition mercy is sometimes used as a synonym for compassion yet what it literally means is to not give judgment where judgment is deserved. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” It’s called the Davidic Covenant and it refers to a descendent of David Whose kingdom would be eternal. When Jesus stood still that day He was about to take the least and put them in the place of honor, the last would be first. I. A beggar’s life is like being in a prison where food and shelter are on the other side of an invisible door. Even devoted believers panic when the Lord doesn't move according In Exodus 14 verse 13, Moses was told by God to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. We sometimes struggle with walking humbly with our God. I love what happens next, “Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” It was the faith of Bartimaeus that started with him crying out even though others told him to be quiet. He uses that kind of prayer to punch a hole through the hopelessness. For Eicke it is an exercise of self- discipline, even to the point of being so still he doesn’t blink his eyes. We are meeting Sundays at 10:30 AM with covid protocalls in place. You'll write powerful and fresh messages every week with our preparation tools on a number of sermon topics, including expository preaching. SermonSearch.com is an online resource for sermon outlines and preaching ideas. The desperation in his heart came out in his voice, in his words, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” You’ve heard that phrase, ‘Desperate times require desperate measures’, a phrase credited to Hippocrates around 300 BC. That’s where we first meet Bartimaeus, sitting in the dust beside the road that led from Jericho to Jerusalem. Stand Still and See God Work Dan Rodgers Exodus 14:13, 14 September 23, 2007 INTRODUCTION: The emphasis on my message this morning is what God can and will do when we remove ourselves from the picture and watch Him work on our behalf. Then, remarkably, Jesus says to Bartimaeus, ‘Go your way…’. A great Rabbi could teach a blind beggar a few things but it wouldn’t change his life. It is totally against our nature as human beings to stand still and do nothing when we face perplexing trials. They saw Jesus as a great Rabbi, not the Messiah, not the Son of David. But the point is clear, Jesus demonstrates His mercy but commanding people to love mercy and they become merciful. In these times where we “stand still” we will see God move in mighty ways. It was uphill from here to Jerusalem because Jericho is about 1500 feet below sea level making it the lowest town on the face of the earth. The Son of David, the eternal King, He could utterly change him. Sermon Tone Analysis. So look at how Jesus does this. To stand still means something or someone has caught your attention, something is about to happen. He can and will set you free if you will desperately cry out to Him. When Bartimaeus discovers that it is Jesus of Nazareth Who is passing by a different kind of desperation grips him, a good desperation that drives him to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” First one person and then another begin to tell him to be quiet, to quit calling, to shut up but he cried out all the more. Bartimaeus cried out for mercy, he knew what it was to be judged as worthless but now he appealed to Jesus to be merciful. This excerpt only shows a 2000 character sample of the full content. O. C. E. A. E. Social. His sight was to him life and when Jesus restored that sight He made Bartimaeus alive again. God sometimes uses desperation in our lives to drive us to Himself. Free Access to Sermons on Stand Still, Church Sermons, Illustrations on Stand Still, and Preaching Slides on Stand Still. III. You can see but you just can’t reach it. Stand still, hold your peace and see the salvation of the Lord and know this; this enemy you shall see no more. In other words the things that used to bring the most comfort to a blind beggar are thrown aside in the hope of something much, much greater. A. C. T. Language. It is against our nature to stand still and do nothing when we face perplexing trials. Here is a blind beggar being led to Him and the need seems to be glaringly obvious. King James Version Chapter 14. So when Bartimaeus cries out to the Son of David that day the crowds try to hush him because it seemed wrong to them. And Jesus stood still and commanded that they bring Bartimaeus to Him. For a blind beggar an utter helplessness becomes the hope crushing normal. All Rights Reserved. He uses desperation to sharpen humility, the humility that all prayer is dependent upon. Ask, ask and you shall receive, knock and the door will be opened, or in this case, your eyes will be opened. That’s where Jesus and the disciples and the great crowd that followed Him were, down in the dust and desert of Jericho. Twice he has won the World Championship of Living Statues. Jesus sets him free. I think it is the enthusiasm of these ones who now called Bartimaeus to cheer up, to get up, to know that Jesus is especially calling for you, it’s their excitement in this moment that makes Bartimaeus do something extraordinary. And it was this cry that the Father heard, that prompted Him to whisper to Jesus, ‘Stop’! Introduction: John Eicke, is a performance artist who works as a so-called living statue. Copyright © 2017 Faith Community Church. Look at verse 51, “So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” It seems like a redundant question doesn’t it. He commands others to go and call Bartimaeus. You can find it in 2Samuel 7:12,13, “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. When Jesus Stood Still Faith Moved and Eyes Saw. The Son of David, The Master, The Lord, Is Merciful. Proposition: A bent reed He will not break. When Jesus stands still He is careful to listen and is moved by the heart that is desperate for mercy. That day I believe that the first face that Bartimaeus saw was the face of Jesus. © 2020 SermonSearch. A. D. F. J. S. Emotion. It was almost Passover, soon would come Gethsemane, then Gabbatha, finally Golgotha. We offer 30,000+ outlines and 10,000+ free sermon illustrations from top Christian pastors and communicators. Keep in mind; when anything worth value is accomplished in our lives, it has been God who has done it and not we, ourselves. All Rights Reserved. In fact, waiting patiently for God to act is probably the most difficult thing about the Christian walk. I can’t help but think there was this wonderful smile on Jesus’ face as life poured into the soul of the son of Timaeus. Open as PDF The three most common words heard among Christians in times of crisis are: "Lord, do something!" He is calling for you.” Jesus demonstrates His mercy through the people He commands and today that group of people is called His church.
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