What is the most powerful name? The name of Yeshua. It is the name above all names (see Philippians 2:9). Faith in the name of Yeshua is necessary to please God.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”—Hebrews 11:6
What Does It Look Like to Diligently Seek the Name of Yeshua?
Let’s take a moment to look at the story of Bartimaeus in Mark 10.
Facts about Jericho to Set the Scene…
Approaching a Gentile City—Yeshua and His disciples came to the city of Jericho.
Jericho was a Gentile border town. The disciples understood that they were anointed to reach the nation of Israel first, not the Gentiles. Naturally, when approaching Gentile cities, they intended to keep going.
- “But He answered and said, ‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’”—Matthew 15:24
No Understanding of “Son of David”—At this point, the Gentiles (not understanding the Jewish beliefs) were blind to the hope of God. They had not yet been grafted in by the blood of Yeshua. They had no root in or understanding of the prophecy of the Messiah being the Son of David.
Spiritual Blindness—Bartimaeus was blind. His Greek name meant “son of the unclean.” Biblically, this is a reference to the spiritually unclean nature of the Gentiles, as Gentile means “those without hope and without God” (see Ephesians 2:12).
How Bartimaeus Called on the Name of Yeshua
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’”—Mark 10:46-47
Why would a Gentile, with a Greek background, cry out to a Jewish rabbi with the name of Yeshua?
The passage goes on to say that many warned him to be quiet. But he cried out all the more.
Facts about Blind Beggars to Set the Scene…
Garments Identifying Beggars—Bartimaeus was a blind beggar. In these Roman occupied cities, beggars wore a particular garment indicating their “authority” to beg. If someone was caught begging without wearing the proper articles of clothing, they could be put to death.
Bartimaeus Risked Death—Bartimaeus threw his identification aside for a new direction and identity because he had faith. “And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.”—Mark 10:50
How Bartimaeus Approaching Yeshua Made a Difference
Bartimaeus called on the name of Yeshua as if he were Jewish. As mentioned earlier, being a Gentile, he had no root in or understanding of the prophecy that said the Messiah would be the Son of David.
Yet this is how Bartimaeus called out to Him and it got His attention—and certainly the attention of those around him.
The Steps to Access the Power in the Name of Yeshua…
- Bartimaeus saw Him as Yeshua. Yeshua means “salvation and deliverance.” He saw Yeshua for who He was and what He came to do.
- Bartimaeus declared Him as the Son of David. He saw Yeshua as the Messiah, the Anointed One, from the Davidic line.
- Bartimaeus asked for hesed, meaning mercy.
“And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus [Yeshua], Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’”—Mark 10:47-48 (emphasis added)
Bartimaeus identified who Yeshua was and asked for mercy—this was key!
He was asking for charity because he knew he was unqualified, as he was not part of the commonwealth of Israel. He knew he had no hope.
Yeshua then directly asked Bartimaeus, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (see Mark 10:51). Bartimaeus addressed Yeshua as “Rabboni.”
The significance is that he understood Yeshua was a teacher. He wanted to become His student. And in order to do that, he needed sight, both spiritually and physically.
Yeshua gave Bartimaeus sight, and Bartimaeus followed Him.
“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.’”—Mark 10:52
There is power in the name of Yeshua. It goes back to understanding who He is…
- The Anointed One
- Deliverer and Savior
- Son of David
When we understand who He is and ask for mercy and charity based on His identity—and our true identity in Him—we will begin to see our purpose and calling clearer.
Then we must act. We must decide to follow Yeshua down whatever path He leads us.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”—Proverbs 3:5-6
Ask yourself how you are acknowledging Yeshua today.
Ask the Lord to reveal to you what direction you should take.
It’s time for a new direction as you fully step into your new identity and understand the power in the name of Yeshua.
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