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Date Posted: 2016-09-12 Author: delphradio Blog: Default Viewed: 39 Comments: 0 print

Jesus the Teckton

Jesus lived on earth for about 33 years. We know a great deal about his 3 year ministry, but almost nothing about his life prior to that.

Because we don't have many facts, we make some assumptions; we assume that he honoured his mother and father; we assume he worked in his father's business, commonly known as carpentry, but the Greek word is Teckton which means builder or craftsman. There is a school of thought that says because the terrain was rocky, and almost everything was built from rock, then Jesus probably built millstones, winepresses, houses, etc.and was therefore better described as a stonemason rather than a carpenter.

I think the idea of Him being a stonemason makes a whole lot more sense in the light of scriptures like Mark 12:10 (Christ is the stone the builders rejected), 1 Cor 10:4 (the Rock was Christ), Matt 7:24 (wise man building his house upon a rock), Rom 9:33 (a rock of offense to those who don't want to believe), etc. We also think because the disciples drew his attention to the buildings of the temple, that Jesus' particular skills were related to stone rather than wood but we can't be certain about any of this.

What we can be sure of is that this was a time of preparation for Jesus, readying himself for the ministry that was to come.

We, too might live unremarkable lives about which little will be remembered once we are gone, but it is a time of preparation for us to ready us for our work in the Kingdom to come.

[1Co 10:31 NASB] 31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.



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