Welcome to this week’s Tune in Thursday! (linkup below)
Hello My Name Is . . .
This week has been a rough one for me. Sunday afternoon, my husband and I were notified that the previous pastor of our church had suddenly passed away. We were in shock. We knew he was sick, but the last time we had contact, he was holding his own. Pastor Jerry had been our friend for 15+ years and our pastor for a little over 7 years before he passed the baton of leadership to my husband and me. Pastor Jerry, was a true pastor, he loved people, and he was a gifted teacher. This week as I am writing this post, everything keeps reminding me of him. Pastor Jerry had a way of making the people in the Bible come alive. He fondly referred to Blind Bartimaeus as Blind Bart. So today, in honor of Pastor Jerry, I will do the same.
Tuesday on the video blog I asked this question: Is your mantle on?
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I realized some may not even know what a mantle is or what it is referring too.
In some translations of the Bible, instead of the word mantle, the word “cloak” or “robe” is used. Simply, it means a large, loose fitting garment or covering possibly made of animal skin.
In truth a mantle is an article of clothing that was worn in Biblical times that identified a person, or their station in life. Such as Prophets, Pharisees, and even Blind Bartimeas in Mark 10:50
Mark 10:46Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 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. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Bartimeaus’ cloak (mantle) is what identified him as a beggar. When people looked at him, they knew on sight, he was allowed to beg for money. I am sure upon closer look, one could tell he was also blind. His cloak however, was his identity, it was not just a visual sign to others, but it reminded Bart constantly of who he was, a beggar.
We may not wear cloaks or robes today, but we wear labels. Some we have put on ourselves and some others have placed upon us. Some are labels that may really describe a condition such as young, old, deaf, blind, etc. However, other labels are not necessarily true, and they make us feel less than. Yet, we readily accept them and even own them as our identity.
What about you, is there a label that has been placed on you that makes you feel less than? A label that has been placed on you by you, or others that somehow you can’t seem to escape?
Blind Bart had two labels. Yes, he was blind. Yes, he was a beggar. He wore a cloak to show he was a beggar because he was blind, and yet, he knew that it didn’t have to be that way.
Scripture tells us that when Bart heard Jesus was coming, he cried out. Not only did he cry out, he was shouting so loud people around him tried to get him to stop. However, he shouted all the more. Blind Bart believed things were about to change.
Jesus heard Blind Bart and called him to come. Before he even moves forward, Blind Bart throws off his cloak (mantle verse 50).
I believe it was because, the cloak showed what he was! Not what He was to become!
Another previous Pastor, Burt Smith says, “A Living Faith always announces its victories ahead of time!”
That is exactly what Bart did. He threw off his old identity, this thing that weighed him down. He had no intention of needing it any longer. He knew he was no longer going to be a beggar, and he knew he was going to ask for his sight to return. When Bart was asked what he wanted Jesus to do for him, he didn’t hesitate, he just stated his desire to see.
When asked, Hello, who are you? Blind Bart wanted to respond, “Hello, my name is Bart!” not Blind Bart, just Bart, he no longer was willing to accept the label of being blind, or a beggar.
What label are you wearing today?
Are you willing to throw off the worldly labels and identities you have been given, and ask God to give you His label?
Do you know what you are to become? or are you stuck in what you are now?
Are you ready to call upon the ONE and ask Him to show you who you will become?
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