There is a remarkable incident recorded for us in Mark 10:46-52. It’s the healing of a blind man named Bartimaeus. Now in Hebrew Bartimaeus means “son of garbage” or “son of filth.” This stuns me that a Hebrew parent would name their child this. What I also find surprising is that if my memory is correct (outside of Lazarus) no one that Jesus heals is ever specifically named. But one whose name means “son of filth” is. Why is that? Could it be that God wants to remind us through the Scripture that He cares about those the world rejects? At Journey we offer a worship service every week in a local half way house for those the world would reject as unworthy of effort; but God says are valuable to Him. Every week we offer a Sunday night worship service where the focus is to help those who are struggling with addiction; another group many find frustrating and difficult to work with. Today how can you and I reach out to those who the world rejects?
Under His Mercy,
Derek Dickinson, Minister
Journey Christian Church
(meaning of the name Bartimaeus, What Good Is God? Philip Yancey, 277)