Blind Faith, Blessed are the Merciful, UMW study, 14SEP – #431

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Blind Faith, Blessed are the Merciful, UMW study, 14SEP

I love UMW meetings because even if I come in with a rough program of what we might talk about, I let the Holy Spirit handle the rest – both as a time factor and a faith factor…

And the Holy Spirit does not disappoint – tonight we had a tremendous bible study with the Beatitudes…  this month:”Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” Matthew 5:7

Gratefully the UMW program book gave us a huge lesson within a short scripture about how the people treated a blind man, how the blind man had faith and acted in faith, and how Jesus both reacted to the crowd and to the blind man…

Mark 10:46-52 Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

 

Our UMW ladies were wonderful in teasing apart the deep meanings in the story – of how Jesus asked the blind man, Bartimeaus, what he desired first rather than just heal him on the spot – then how Jesus told the man that it was his faith that healed him…  of how the blind man asked for mercy – as a beggar the others did not show him mercy – but this man faithfully wished for mercy…  he knew Jesus was there and called out to him – he had to call even louder because of the commotion going on – he had to have blind faith that Jesus was the Messiah would hear him and be able to heal him…

This bible lesson shows us where we are called to be the same – we have to realize to put all our faith in God – even when we have gotten to the point of not being able to figure something out for ourselves…  Bartimeaus called out for mercy – in blind faith – we can too – and we then are called to give mercy to others…

Mercy is both something we ask for and just as importantly something WE MUST GIVE others..  the UMW devotion states: “God gives mercy to the lowly in heart – those who recognize their need for God’s forgiveness and healing power. Faith is a gift from God to help us know God personally, understand God’s truth and live in God’s love. For faith to be effective, it must be linked to trust and obedience – an active submission to God”

This website has a tremendous resource for teasing apart the beatitudes – what a wonderful set of teachings that Jesus delivered on the sermon on the mount…

http://www.padfield.com/acrobat/sermons/beatitude.pdf

attached are three photo excerpts from that study

“Mercy is a forgiving spirit towards the sinner” “We forgive others because we have seen them blinded by satan, the god of this age.” “we forgive because we have been forgiven” “we imitate God by showing mercy”…

and here is the link to an awesome song by Blindfaith – the super group 1969 live “In the Presence of the Lord” https://youtu.be/HIcESt9eYRk

“I have finally found a place to live, in the presence of the Lord”

Amen!

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