The Carpenter from Nazareth (and Heaven) #1

Saturday, September 19, 2015

“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:1-4 KJV).

Have you ever stopped to consider why Jesus’ earthly trade was carpentry?

When Israel heard Jesus teaching mighty doctrines in the synagogue where He grew up, they were amazed. The Bible says in Mark 6:1-3: “[1] And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. [2] And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? [3] Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.” Matthew’s (13:55) account says, “Is not this the carpenter’s son?”

Two quick facts—Jesus was “the carpenter” and was “the carpenter’s son.” It is no coincidence that Father God chose a carpenter, Joseph, as His Son’s foster-father. God could have had His Son raised in the home of a physician, religious leader, politician, businessman, or fisherman. Yet, Father God made sure that His Son was born into a family where carpentry was the trade. Why?

In the Bible, much older Joseph and young Jesus were carpenters. They were not just known for building pieces of furniture or other wooden crafts (a common misconception). No, carpenters were known for constructing whole houses. They were physically strong men, and knowledgeable in architecture. Why was Jesus Christ a carpenter? Think about today’s Scripture and it will become wonderfully clear! 🙂

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