According to Joshua 6:26, Jericho was a cursed city with a dark cloud hanging over it. However, Jesus wasn't afraid to go to messy places. He knew that within that city there were people who would follow him. As Jesus was leaving the city, he passed Blind Bartimaeus. Like Bartimaeus, Jesus is often passing by in our own lives. Bartimaeus didn't allow the crowd or his past keep him from encountering Jesus. Will we do the same?