Jesus Jewish Carpenter

Posted: 20 February, 2008 in Ponderings
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My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter

It is common to see this phrase “My boss is a Jewish Carpenter”. While it is a tongue-in-cheek endearment, let’s explore deeper.

Some did not believe Jesus is a carpenter because He is thought to be a teacher, a rabbi. While this is true when Jesus started His ministry at the age of about 30, one will have to wonder what he did prior to that.

Coming from a carpentry family, He is likely to pick up the inclination too. Something for sure though, He certainly did not attend a seminary.

More importantly, He is a Jew. Filed in unsolved mysteries here, JUNGABEL asked if Jesus is Jewish, then why on earth aren’t we all Jewish?

Good question.

Jesus Jewish Carpenter

I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.

My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter

If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.   Romans 11:13-21

Jesus was offered as the firstfruits, as Jesus is holy, Jews as a nation is holy. As the root of Jesus is holy, so are the branches of Jews. If some of the branches are broken off, Gentile shoots are grafted in, and draw nourishments from the same root. In short, we all have the same root, that is in Jesus Christ.

Understand that salvation comes through the Jews, actually through a JEW, that is Jesus, Yeshua.

You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.   Galatians 3:26-28

  1. Ed Taylor says:

    Except, in the first century you couldn’t just become a rabbi when you turn 30. It is a lifelong process that begins when you are about 7 years old and continues until you become a rabbi in your late 20’s or later. So what he did before age 30 was study, study, study.

  2. King David says:

    I do agree Jesus probably did study Jewish History and Laws. However, if you read Mark 6:1-9, there is something interesting for contention that Jesus was not a full-time student but a carpenter.

    “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph,Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” Mark 6:2-3

    So my conclusion is that Jesus is not only a carpenter’s son but a carpenter Himself.

    Something to chew on: You don’t study a book you have written yourself.

  3. Judy says:

    My beloved Savior is a Jew and a carpenter. That is my conclusion.

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