The Carpenter from Nazareth (and Heaven) #2

Sunday, September 20, 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?

Very little is known about Jesus’ childhood. While various purely speculative and quite silly ideas have been offered, these do not concern us. The only authoritative sources on the subject are found in the Bible—Matthew chapter 2 and Luke chapter 2.

Recall the famous account when Joseph and Mary accidentally left Jesus, age 12, in Jerusalem, before returning for Him. Luke 2:51,52 continue: “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” These two verses cover about 18 years, for we do not read about Jesus again until He enters His public ministry around age 30 (Luke 3:23).

What did Jesus do during those years prior to His ministry? It is quite simple to understand when we look at the verses. He followed His legal father, Joseph, in the family trade. Joseph taught young Jesus all about carpentry and architecture. Picture this, will you? The God of creation in mortal flesh submitting Himself to be instructed by a human stepfather! One way that Jesus “increased in wisdom” concerned carpentry. Another way was that He studied His “Old Testament” scrolls.

The Lord Jesus was being trained twice simultaneously. Joseph was teaching Him manual and human labor while Father God was teaching Him spiritual and divine labor! Young Jesus helped His stepfather Joseph accomplish many projects, a glimpse of what He would do one day with His Heavenly Father upon entering His public ministry!