Mark 10:50 “And he, casting away his garment, rose and came to Jesus.”

History has it that at that time in Israel you cannot just get into the street and start begging. When you have an issue that has left you incapacitated such that begging becomes the only source of income, then you must visit the High Priest.

The visit to the High Priest is to establish the veracity of such claims. Once he is satisfied he “blesses” and then ask that the “begging” garment be given to the person. Mark you this process could take months before it is completed. He has to be sure the person is not trying to deceive him.

Such was the rigor of the process leading to getting the “begging garment”. In our focal scripture we read that when Jesus sent for Bartimaeus, the first thing he did was to cast away or throw off the begging garment.

The thought that came to mind was that, this guy should at least receive his sight first, before casting off the cloth. What if he didn’t get healed, where will he get another one? You can be sure somebody will pick it up immediately he dropped it in the crowd. It could even be a normal or healthy person.

Bartimaeus didn’t entertain such thought, he made up his mind to either get his miracle or nothing else. He promised himself that he was not coming back to the place of begging. He told himself that, enough is enough. Begging must end that day.

He knew that he won’t return there. He knew he must move to his next level, get his miracle and enter into destiny. What he did was one of the highest forms of faith. Hear this:

James 2:20 “But wilt thou know O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

The word “works” here simply means corresponding action. You cannot claim you’re believing God for a car and you’re busy pricing motorbike!

To be continued…

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