Marilyn Chandler McEntyre advocates for developing careful habits of reading and writing among Christians. In her book, What’s in a Phrase? Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause, Dr. McEntyre, who is Professor of English at Westmont College, in California, discusses the value of dwelling on passages of Scripture that grab our attention.
Pastor Tommy refers us to the meaning of two well-known bible stories in The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 10. In both, Jesus asks the petitioners the same question: “What do you want me to do for you?”
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” (Mark 10:35-37)
Later, as Jesus and his disciples are leaving Jericho, a blind man, Bartimaeus, 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!”
And throwing off his outer garment, he leaped up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, What do you want Me to do for you? And the blind man said to Him, Master, let me receive my sight. And Jesus said to him, Go your way; your faith has healed you. And at once he received his sight and accompanied Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:50-52)
To both the apostles and the blind man, Jesus’ question was the same. “What do you want me to do for you?” In one case it was to be seen with Jesus in a position of authority. In the other, it was to see Jesus.
The issue for each of us is to recognize why we want to see.