Wednesday, December 28 2011
The English word "carpenter" originated from a Latin word, carpentum, which meant a chariot, but came to be used to refer to someone who was skilled in working with timber, whether buildings or ships.
"Carpenter" is used to translate a number of different original words of the Holy Bible, primarily the Hebrew word, pronounced khaw-rawsh, which meant a skilled craftsman in wood and/or stone, and the Hebrew word, pronounced ates, which literally meant wood, but was used to refer to those who worked with wood.
To many people, Jesus Christ is the most famous "carpenter" of all. The actual Greek word, pronounced tek-ton (from which the English words "technical" and "technology" originated) literally means an artificer of wood i.e. an "artist" of wood (Artificer: "Someone who is the first to think of or make something; A skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft" The WordWeb Dictionary by Princeton University). Interestingly, that word is found only twice in the entire Bible, both of which referred directly to the Messiah and His "father" (a duality that becomes more apparent when other verses are considered, as we will get to).
"13:53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. 13:54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 13:57 And they were offended in him.
Matthew recorded it (or it was translated) as "the carpenter's son," while Mark recorded it (or it was translated) as "the carpenter" - both of which are fully correct, with a greater meaning as well (see the Fact Finder question below).
"6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
"Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?"
In response to Peter's having just declared "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God," the Messiah answered in agreement, not in disagreement (as the Church of Rome declares for itself - doubly falsely; the Church of Rome was not built on Peter, nor was the Church of God; see The Rock Of The Church). The Son of God was the builder, the "carpenter" of His "church."
"16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
The Messiah sometimes used "technical" building terms in His teachings, as in this example of design and budget planning before construction begins.
"14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 14:29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 14:30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish." (Luke 14:28-30 KJV)
The Temple that Christ built for His Church ("church" literally means people) was a place for the Holy Spirit to reside (see the Fact Finder question below). Unfortunately, at the time of His first coming, the caretakers of the building were not taking good care of it.
"21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the LORD doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
It was for that reason that the Temple was allowed to be destroyed, just as the original had been destroyed by the Babylonians - for the same reason.
"24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple.
The same lesson was "delivered" in the famous incident of driving out those who were desecrating the purpose of the "building."
"2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
That incident was later used to falsely accuse the Builder.
"26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 26:60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none.
The final irony of the Carpenter's Life was that He was crucified on timbers that were prepared by some other carpenter (see also Crossing The T).
"19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
Fact Finder: What did the Messiah mean by the "mansions" that He was building for His people?
This Day In History, December 28
1688: William of Orange made a triumphant march into London as James II fled.
1694: Queen Mary II of England died of smallpox at age 32.
1698: George I of England got divorced.
1795: Plans for building Toronto's famous Yonge Street were first proposed. While the southern section of it is today a major street in Toronto, the original 48 kilometer road from York (i.e. Toronto) north to Lake Simcoe was one of the earliest highways in Canada. It was named after Sir George Yonge, then Secretary of State for War in the British government.
1849: Paris tailor Jolly Bellin reportedly discovered "dry cleaning" when he accidentally upset a lamp containing turpentine and oil on His clothing and saw the cleaning effect.
1895: Antoine and Louis Lumiere introduced their Cinematograph (which projected "moving pictures") in the basement of the Grand Cafe in Paris.
1908: Over 82,000 people were killed by an earthquake that struck the Sicilian town of Messina. A tidal wave that followed caused more devastation.
1923: Alexander Eiffel died at age 91. He designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which is named after him.
1936: Benito Mussolini sent war planes to Spain in support of Francisco Franco.
1946: French occupation forces declared martial law in Vietnam.
1947: Victor Emmanuel III, king of Italy 1900-1946, died at age 78. His reign brought an end to the Italian monarchy.
1948: Prime Minister Nokrashy Pasha of Egypt was assassinated by a member of the "Moslem Brotherhood." Pasha had just outlawed the group because he regarded them as terrorists.
1950: Chinese troops crossed the 38th Parallel into South Korea.
1997: The government of Hong Kong ordered the slaughter of 1.3 million chickens as well as a large number of ducks, geese, quail and other poultry in an effort to stop the spread of a newly discovered variety of flu.