1/11: Just like Bartimaeus

1/11: Just like Bartimaeus

 
  1. Thank you, Marie, for “Just like Bartimaeus … called out to Jesus … ‘I want to see’ … in receiving his sight … he would see himself … as … God created him …” Calling out to the Christ “just like Bartimaeus,” is the shortest distance and fastest route between needing healing and being healed immediately, completely, permanently. Before learning about Christian Science, I had hoped. Now I know.

  2. Thank you Marie for this very helpful Lift. Faith is what moves the balance to God to outweigh error. This faith (in the power of God to heal) leads to the understanding that all things are possible to the one, infinite divine Mind. This is the point where healing begins. Our status as a struggling mortal changes to that of the image and likeness of God. In the words of Mary Baker Eddy, in S&H page 263, "When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, he will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven."

  3. Dear Marie,

    merci beaucoup! Is this not exactly what Mary Baker Eddy compels us to do every day? Manual of the Mother Church, Article VIII Section 4: "It shal be the duty of every mumber of this Church to pray each day: 'Thy kingdom come;' let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin ...". Thank you for making this connection to Bartimaeus, it truely sheds a whole new light on this prayer for me; Dear Lord, I want to see!

  4. Thank you!!

  5. Thank you for this.

    I think Jesus responding to Bartimaeus by asking what he wanted him to do is interesting because it shows Jesus never saw him as blind.

    Jesus saw the perfect man already whole and complete.

    There is an important lesson here because if a patient reaches out to a practitioner for help and the practitioner sees the patient as anything other than God's perfect child then they already lost the case.

    Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL mankind.

    Rob Scott
    Chicago, IL

  6. This was a real eye-opener! Thank you Marie.

    I liked the connection between Bartimaus casting away his cloak with his leaving behind him all the mortal thoughts that would restrict him. This explains Mrs Eddy's words in Science and Health:

    "Let us disrobe error. Then, when the winds of God blow, we shall not hug our tatters close about us."

    Perhaps this is why it was necessary for Moses to take his shoes off before he approached the burning bush.

    Thanks also for the connection between seeing and understanding. When I was in education and used to ask children "Do you see" I realised that I was not asking whether they could see my human frame. I was asking them whether they understood the facts I was explaining.

    Once again the daily lift has blessed my day. Thank you

  7. " Sight, hearing, all the spiritual senses of man, are eternal. They cannot be lost. Their reality and immortality
    are in Spirit and understanding, not in matter, — hence their permanence." S&H 486:23

    Bertimaeus believed, he called the Master. Jesus saw the perfection and harmony of being right where we try to see matter, and this spiritual seeing allowed him to change blind Bartimaeus perception of what constitutes true vision,― and to say confidently, “Go, your faith has healed you.” Mark 10: 46-52

    ESPAÑOL
    "La vista, el oído, todos los sentidos espirituales del hombre, son eternos. No pueden perderse. Su realidad e
    inmortalidad están en el Espíritu y en la comprensión, no en la materia —de ahí su permanencia" CyS 486:27

    Bartimeo creyó y llamó al Maestro. Jesús vio la perfección y armonía del ser allí mismo donde nosotros tratamos de ver la materia, y este ver espiritual le permitió cambiarle al ciego Bartimeo la percepción de lo que constituye la visión verdadera, ―y decir con confianza, "Ve, tu fe te ha salvado." Marcos 10: 46-52

  8. A n inpiring,encouraging and Hope-filled presentation .Thank you Marie for sharing this inspiration with the world .I feel blessed .

  9. Thank you very much for this inspired DL. Sometimes it is difficult to see through the images that mortal mind sends forth but I agree with Rob Number 5. Jesus was able to heal Bartimeus because he never saw him as blind in the first place. Let us not be deceived by what senses are trying to say and let us always see what God is seeing of us and others.

  10. Marie, Thankyou

  11. A very healing Lift. Thank you

  12. Thank you so much Marie, As Tony #6 says Bartimeus had to cast away the cloak of blindness in order to see the truth about himself as the perfect child of God. We all seem to have a cloak of some sort which tries to attach itself to us, limiting us in various ways ; poverty, sickness, misery, homelessness,unemployment, and so on.. As we cast whatever appears to be hindering our advancement spiritward, aside and claim the truth about who we really are, so we can go froward joyously in the knowledge that we are complete in every way, without a mortal history that would impose limitations on us. Thank you , once again Marie for an inspiring lift!

  13. Thank you! This was exactly what I needed to hear and very appropriate to my situation.

  14. Thank you.

  15. Many thanks Marie for this inspiring reminder that, like Jesus and Bartimaeus, we can all see "the perfection and harmony of being right at this very moment!" "We are hid with Christ forever/ In the Father's holy plan./ In this pure eternal union/ We behold the perfect man;" (Christian Science Hymnal #370).

  16. Thank you so much, Marie!

  17. Thank you for this great reminder and to Rob #5 and Malcolm #15.

  18. Perfect Timing to hear this before starting my day...many thanks.......

  19. ¿Qué decir?, cuando conscientes de que Dios es de ojos demaciado puros para ver el mal estamos en la diyuntiva de tener que ver a alguien que niega a Dios, perfecto, obviamente que debemos seguir viéndolo como perfecto, puede superarse esa situación, Cristo lo hacía, Eddy también en ese sentir que va más alla de toda sensación o apariencia humana ¿Porqué? por la sencilla razón de que lo único que existe para Dios es el ser espiritual lo otro lo irreal y temporal es polvo al polvo no existe ni nunca existió por que no es creación divina, por lo tanto nos vamos a quedar rumiando entre dos mundos uno real y el otro que tiene que corregirse o vamos a comprender que hay Un solo mundo y Un solo Ser y nosotros porción de Él, si amamos como Él y como hemos aprendido a traves del sacrificio de otros y estamos dispuestos a sacrificarlo todo como ellos negando la materialidad "Escapando como avecilla al monte" al monte de los Olivos a elevarnos hacia una comprensión perfecta que solo reconoce el Bien, por que de Él somos.

    Muchisimas gracias Marie, la inspiración viene de Dios y permanece en quien es inspirado por Él,

  20. Oh this is beautiful and apt - thank you so much,Marie and many Happy New Year blessings too....

  21. Thank you Marie for teach us how desaire to know and understand like a Bartimaeus: to see the man as perfection and harmony of been.

  22. So glad to know about this church and daily lifts. I must find the church so I can see, feel and know more of God, Good.

  23. Bartimaeus' cloak was a beggar's cloak. He cast it off knowing that he would not need it anymore.

  24. Wonderful Marie! I will be casting off my coat and declaring that "I want to see" every minute during this challenging day. What a helpful, practical daily lift! May this day be a fruitful day to all the dailylifters and team!

  25. Thank you, Marie! Thank you, Pam! To "understand" is to "stand under" the law of God, Good. How precious is our sight! We must also love our Humanhood as we open our eyes to the Truth of Spiritual Being. Actually......can they really be separated? Something about......Jesus' Divinity being shown forth in his Humanity..... Welcome #22 name! You will love what Christian Science has to offer you!! Love and Blessings to All! Happy Weekend! XOXO

  26. Wonderful Lift, insights, comments. Like Jesus understood and Bartimaeus sought, we can pray, "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law" (Ps 119:18). So grateful for the teachings of CS which reveal this law. Gratitude, Marie and all!

  27. What a perfect way to start the day! Thank you.

  28. "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick."
    Science and Health, pg.476

    Let us see as God sees us -- our true selves -- and then we know our oneness with Him.

    Thank you, Marie. Thank you, BoL, for another week of great inspiration to begin our day. What a wonderful day it is!

  29. P.S. I think Jesus knew Bart was blind, but he wanted to hear him declare with Faith what he knew was possible! Kinda like when a C.S. Practitioner asks for our participation in our Healing, by studying and praying along with him or her. I don't think you can heal something if you don't know you have a problem!!

  30. What a great lift....a great reminder....a great day!! Thank you!

  31. This could have been been written just for me! Merci beaucoup!

  32. Thanks Marie. AND #22, you can look in your local phone directory for a Christian Science Reading Room or church. Or, maybe e-mail (directory@csps.com). But your deep desire to find more about God through Christian Science will lead you in the right way for you. Thanks everyone for sharing your insights.

  33. Thank, you, Marie. Love this Lift!

  34. Thank you Marie, how absolutely wonderful!!! And thank you again, to all other Lifters!

  35. Thank you.

  36. Thanks! wonderful lift...........to #29 Bevi......there's an interesting healing of blindness in "Christian Science in Germany" in which the healer is not aware of the blindness..........

  37. Thank you for this Lift! I love this story and found some interesting insights regarding it in the Researched Bible Guide Bible Notes when it was in the Lesson last month. “A beggar’s cloak was commonly spread out on the ground to receive alms, to that we are perhaps to think of Bartimaeus pushing it aside in his eagerness rather than taking it off. Like others who are called by Jesus, he abandons everything he has.” Black’s New Testament Commentaries. Also one commentary pointed out how the crowd is transformed: "The crowd’s sudden and complete change of heart indicates the authority of Jesus: they are now as enthusiastic as before they were dismissive, and become the medium for Jesus’ call to Bartimaeus.” New International Greek Testament Commentary. And my favorite: “‘Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, is ‘sitting by the roadside.’ He is, in other words, sidelined or marginalized. The difference in his position ‘beside the road’ at the beginning of the story and ‘on the road’ at the end of the story signifies the difference between being an outsider and an insider, a bystander and a disciple.” The Pillar New Testament Commentary.
    It's a story of persistence - not accepting a hopeless state - he used all he had - his voice to call out into the crowd! I love thinking about how Bartimaeus' persistence paid off in multiple ways blessing himself and countless others who witnessed his healing and whoever he, himself, may have healed from following Jesus "in the way" as a disciple!

  38. The word see used by Bartimaeus is to understand. In studying this question of Bartimaeus to Jesus, it came to me that Bartimaeus also wanted to understand his relationship to God more than giving sight to human eyes. Isn't the seeking to understand the Kingdom of God, first, then all these other things would come into fruition?

  39. Yet another marvelous Daily Lift! These healing ideas are infinite. Thank you Marie - for reminding us that we all "want to see," to understand and know what's true - and not according to what material sense might be presenting. As Jesus said to the worried disciples (Mark 8:18) "Having eyes, see ye not!" He know they were not using their "spiritual discernment" (SH 586:3) which throws off that cloak of discordant lies covering our true being! And thanks so much for the amazing comments - # 1, 3, 6, 12, 15, 25 - and everyone - so good!. And Pam - your reading of Marie's lift was the best! And sweet #22 name - the nearest church is waiting and watching for you! Check out http://christianscience.com/church-of-christ-scientist/what-s-near-you to find them.
    Like Bartemaeus, thank you for reminding us that we can all "call out to Christ" with complete faith!

  40. Thank your!

    Jesus saw a humble heart and the healing took place right away. Now I can see why some headings are accomplish quickly.
    A sincere heart is blessed but a heart filled with arrogance gets nothing. This
    Lift is going to help me.

    Many Thanks.

  41. What a wonderful, fresh presentation of a story I know well. Thank you for the fresh impulse to throw off my coat and expect to see and be seen as that healthy, vibrant man of godly action!

  42. Every hour the clock my mom gave me for Christmas plays Amazing Grace. Today I will give special notice when I sing "was blind but now I see". Thanks Mom and thanks Marie for adding to the greater rejoicing of my heart today.

  43. Beautiful thoughts shared here . . . What a wonderful way to start each day . . . Thanks for being out there, Daily Lift community!

  44. Thank you Marie, Pam, and all the comments. All are so helpful!

  45. Thank you for this helpful insight into a familiar stroy.

  46. Thanks Marie!! We are able to see the Kingdom of Heaven!! as Jesus did, He makes us capable!

  47. I love Bartimaeus' definite expectant response, "I want to see!" That thought applies to so many things in our lives as well as eyesight. And Bartimaeus was rewarded for his expectation. We, too, can see what God has in store for us today.

  48. 2nd submission - Thanks to everyone for the Daily Lifts ... including the lecturers for spiritually nourishing and delicious :-) “food for thought!” and my fellow commenters - all, "honest seekers for Truth" (to whom Mrs. Eddy committed the pages of Science and Health! [xii:23])! I love to be growing spiritually in this worldwide online community! Special thanks today to #5 Rob for "I think Jesus responding to Bartimaeus by asking what he wanted him to do is interesting because it shows Jesus never saw him as blind. Jesus saw the perfect man already whole and complete." Your insight makes me aware that sometimes I "look for trouble," to help the "troubled!" That's a human approach, not Divine! Following Jesus’ example, by asking the patient what the patient wants/believes, is an opportunity for the false belief to be revealed. “Consciousness, where art thou? (S&H 308) Healing happens at the point of understanding (even a “glimpse!”) that no healing is necessary because “all is well” – always! There’s only one reality. Only God/Good/Love, itself! is sovereign. The Truth of being never changes. Our belief in powers (sin, sickness, disease, death) other than God/Good/Love, itself! is what needs to yield to the Truth of being. “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man ... In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy …” (S&H 476).

  49. Welcome to 22! We all want to see only what God made and what Jesus always saw, -- only good, never evil. Always perfection, never any imperfection. True sight. Real vision.

  50. “We are Christian Scientists, only as we quit our reliance upon that which is “false and grasp the true. We are not Christian Scientists until we leave all for Christ.”
    Zacchaeus arrived at this conclusion, and took a major step in this direction.

    Mrs Eddy says, “the human self must be evangelized. This task God demands us to accept lovingly to-day, and to abandon so fast as practical the material, and to work out the spiritual which determines the outward and actual.”

    But all sense of leaning on matter is our goal as students of Christian Science, "Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff, — a broken reed, which pierces the heart. We do not half remember this in the sunshine of joy and prosperity. Sorrow is salutary. Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom. Trials are proofs of God’s care.” (S&H)

    Our God is always with us, guiding us to His loving arms, He sends His angels, leaves us messages, and“With white fingers they point upward to a new and glorified trust, to higher ideals of life and its joys.”

    What an exciting step to take that says, Let's leave all for Christ!

    Thank you Marie, Daily Lift Team, DL community!

    All quotes are from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy.
    Daily Lift Team

  51. Thank you so much!

  52. I love the idea of casting off the old garment in order to be clothed with something new. Merci.

  53. Most beggars, when asked what they want, would ask for a shekel. In this case, a great
    point was made plainly to all when the blind beggars actions affirmed that he believed
    the Christ had the power to heal. Then he WAS healed.

  54. Thank you Marie...I will be open to see as Jesus saw!

  55. Merci beaucoup, Marie, your message/Lift was/is TRES helpful & gives lots of food-for-thought! I remember once writing to my Christian Science Teacher and saying that: "I wanted to see more of the unseen ......." Thank-you everyone for your terrific comments! Thanks to the DL team!

  56. THAT... was wonderful!! Casting off old garments of sin and suffering is a great way to start a new wardrobe. Many thanks!!

  57. Thank you Marie!

  58. This is one of my favorite Bible stories. Thanks, Marie for helping us to understand it better.

  59. This lift is so helpful in understanding that Jesus only saw perfection,and healing resulted.Knowing we have need of healing,and reaching out for help as Bartimeaus did, demonstrates humility and trust..

  60. Wonderful .. thank U !!! :-)

  61. Thank you for the lovely thoughts, Marie!

  62. First class conferenciere, merci Marie <3 biz

  63. tres bon Marie........

  64. Thank you, Marie, and my dear Lifter family for such precise insights into the meaning of this Lift. I, too, thought that when Bartimaeus said "I want to see" that he meant he wanted to understand better, not literally to "see" better. It is such a fine line at times between seeing spiritually as what we know to be true, and lapsing into material seeing that is often clouded with deception. It is a good wakeup call to remember that we need focus to "see" as God sees- perfect perfection here and now and always.

  65. Lovely! Thank you.

  66. Wonderful new thought!Stop being a beggar!

  67. Dear Marie, thank you for this rich, helpful and healing up lifting message. To all the commentators, my gratitude for sharing.your inspiration and understanding.

  68. Thank you, Marie.

    I love the idea of seeing more clearly as both a physical healing and a metaphor for gaining spiritual sight and insight. In this sense it reminds me of the wonderful story of Elisha and his servant Gehazi. Gehazi was not physically blind but he needed spiritual sight which was - like Bartimaeus - being impeded by fear and a lack of faith.

    And as with Bartimaeus, there is a transformation of Gehazi's willingness to see:

    "And the eyes of the young man Gehazi fell open and did see: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."

    As with Jesus and Bartimaeus, as with Elisha and Gehazi, there is a similar story with Krishna and Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita in which Krishna opens up the vision of Arjuna:

    "Throw off this ignoble discouragement, and arise like a fire that burns all before it.
    Arise, great warrior. Arise!"

  69. What a beiutiful lift. I've always loved that story so thankyou for putting it into a broader context of hope and healing for all.

  70. Such a great lift, very inspiring! Thank you so much!

  71. ARN ~ Salinae/UK With our collective desires TO SEE! we, like Bartimaeus, are never "also rans" or
    left-overs... there is plenty TO SEE and we are ABLE/enabled to do this in Christ's name and desire; we
    just rise up and throw off mortality's falseness/blindnesses........ just highly blessed to be GOD'S sons
    and daughters.... blessed with freedom and justice, worth and joyfilled days!! Let's just DO IT NOW !!!
    GOD wants it done!!!............

  72. Thank you and Merci for this wonderful, powerful Daily Lift message! SO helpful to me. Thank you very much.

  73. So grateful for your inspiring lift. To see through the clouds of mesmerism. Thank you, thank you!

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