The Carpenter from Nazareth (and Heaven) #4

Tuesday, September 22, 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?

Reading from Isaiah chapter 50: “[4] The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. [5] The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.”

After accidentally leaving 12-year-old Jesus, Joseph and Mary return to Jerusalem and find Him at the Temple, “sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers (Luke 2:46,47) Verses 48 and 49: “And when [Joseph and Mary] saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

At age 12, the Lord Jesus was very knowledgeable in Jewish religion, for He had studied the “Old Testament” scrolls by faith. He knew exactly what His Heavenly Father was doing. Did those senior-citizen rabbis? We can only wonder what kinds of questions He was asking those elderly “learned” (?) Jewish doctors of theology! (Sort of like today, when 10-year-old children can quote a clear Gospel of Grace while most “veteran” preachers cannot.) If at age 12 Jesus was so skilled in the word of righteousness, just imagine the spiritual GIANT He was at age 30 when He began His ministry!!

Our latest Bible Q&A: “Can you explain Matthew 21:43?