Tuesday’s Column: Dale Mail
- “Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, brother of James, Joses, and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us? And they took offense at Him. Then Jesus said ‘a prophet is not without honor except in his hometown among relatives and those of his household.” – Mark 6:4
- “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenters son?” – Matthew 13:54
- Was Jesus a carpenter and were these fair questions to ask Him?
Let’s examine FOUR quick factors:
Factor 1 – LOCATION: Nazareth was located 3 miles from Sepphoris which at the time was developing quickly as part of Herod Antipas beautification project. It would eventually be known as “The Jewel Of All Galilee.” Jesus would have witnessed and perhaps helped his father cut stone in the quarry that was half way between Nazareth and the developing city.
Factor 2 – DEMAND – In the days of Jesus there weren’t many trees in the area, and there still aren’t many today. To try and make a living working with a material that wasn’t readily available or even used much would be difficult.
– Factor 3 LANGUAGE – “Tekton” simply means “builder” The Messiah was a handyman, and the spiritual connections in your mind may already be forming.
Factor 4 – SCRIPTURE – Luke 20:17ff – Jesus tells the parable about the wicked tenants, after Jesus is questioned about His authority in the temple by the scribes/chief priests, He looks at them and says “The STONE the builders rejected has become the cornerstone?” quoting from Psalm 118.
Again quoted by Peter as he defends himself in front of religious leaders in Acts 4 “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you the builders.” It was a reference to David’s lineage to the Messiah and it would have been familiar to Jewish stone builders.
So with this in mind, let’s revisit the questions asked by those in Jesus’ hometown…
- Where did this man get this wisdom?
A. Their perspective: “You’re the son of a common builder. He didn’t teach you these things, he taught you to build.”
B. The reality: It wasn’t wisdom from Joseph, it was His heavenly fathers wisdom. But Joseph, no matter how talented he was in his craft, did not teach Him to build…
1. A ship that would carry christians safely into eternity, he may have taught Jesus to work with stones, but he no idea that on a rock He’d build His church.
2. He did not teach Him to build a home that would last for all eternity, but that’s what Jesus is building now!
3. He didn’t teach Him to build a walkway that would bridge the gap of separation between God and man, but He did.
2. Where did He get these miraculous abilities?
A. Their perspective: “You’re the son of a common builder. You’re performing things with your hands that the hands of a common builder can’t perform!”
B. The reality: Jesus is the master builder. The only one that could claim to build things out of the very stones and pieces of wood He spoke into existence.
What does all this mean?
1. In the hands of the Master builder, you can be something better.
2. In the hands of the master builder, you can be somewhere better.
3. If you’re broken, you can be fixed. If you’re not a child of God, your life is broken.
4. You can be something better than you are. Your imperfections can be made perfect through the blood of Christ.
5. You can be somewhere better. You can be In good standing with the God above. You could be In a loving family bound for glory— the home built by God.