But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
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Christ Giving Sight to Bartimaeus
The physical blindness of Bartimaeus did not result in spiritual blindness. Through faith he cried out and was made whole. Blake shows, (as does Mark), that the faith of the three disciples may still be in question.
The Everlasting Gospel, (E 522) "My Sin thou hast forgiven me Canst thou forgive my Blasphemy Canst thou return to this dark Hell And in my burning bosom dwell And canst thou Die that I may live And canst thou Pity & forgive Then Rolld the shadowy Man away From the Limbs of Jesus to make them his prey An Ever devo[u]ring appetite Glittering with festering Venoms bright Crying Crucify this cause of distress Who dont keep the secrets of Holiness All Mental Powers by Diseases we bind But he heals the Deaf & the Dumb & the Blind Whom God has afflicted for Secret Ends He comforts & Heals & calls them Friends"