The Carpenter’s Son

 

“And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son.” (2 Sam.7:12-14).

 

“ Is not this the carpenter’s son?” – (Mt.13:55).

 

Among bible craftsmen, the carpenter has special meaning because it was the occupation of the Lord Jesus. The skilled carpenter was the most important worker when it came to building a house. The house that God had built for himself by Solomon is called the temple of the Lord – the House of God. God’s prophecy in (2 Sam.7) is a double prophecy. First, it was fulfilled soon by King Solomon – the son of David. But the greater fulfillment was a 1000 years later when the greater Son of David – the Lord Jesus Christ – would come to build the Temple of the Lord – The church. The seed of (vs.12) is not only King Solomon but the Messiah – the Son of God. “I will stablish the throne of his kingdom forever.” That’s certainly not mortal Solomon but the King of Kings and the one that has immortality – The Lord Jesus.

 

“I will be his Father and he shall be my son.” God is speaking here and it’s the clearest prophecy in the Old Testament we have concerning that the Messiah would not only be the son of David, according to the flesh – the son of man – but also the Son of God. Every time that Jesus spoke of his father he was speaking not of Joseph but God his Father. Jesus Christ is the only begotten of the Father. And that’s why his foster father Joseph must die before Jesus begins his ministry at the age of 30, so that there can be no confusion as to which father he is speaking of.

 

It is no happenstance that Joseph was a carpenter and that Jesus Christ was a carpenter. For in the wisdom of God, Jesus was to build the temple of his Holy Father which is the Church. From a youngster to the age of 30, he did carpentry work. One of Jesus’ main purposes in coming to earth was to build a house for his father. “Through wisdom is an house builded” – (Prov.24:3). And one much, much wiser than Solomon built God’s Church.

 

Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it” (Ps.127:1). God is often portrayed as the master builder, for he created the whole universe and everything in it. Please read (Heb.3:1-6)“For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we…” (vs. 4 and 6). Oh yes, the carpenter’s son, the Son of God, built his own house in obedience to his father. Christ is the Lord and he built the Lord’s house and he is the cornerstone of it – (I Pet.2:5-6). “Whose house are we.” Don’t ever forget that most important truth. “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost” – (I Cor.6:19). If you’re saved and born again of the Holy Spirit, then your body is a part of the temple of God. God no longer dwells in temples made of wood and stone, but in saved, sanctified people made of flesh and bone.

 

In (Eph.2:19-22) it tells us that both Jews and Gentiles are part of the church. Jesus Christ is the precious cornerstone and the apostles are the foundation and each saved saint is the rest of the building. We are the holy habitation of God made of living stones. The Holy Spirit, the third person of God, dwells in us.

 

In (Acts 7:4:60) Steven, the first martyr of the church, was murdered by the Jews because he preached this truth I’m preaching on today. As it is written in (vs.47-48) “But Solomon built him an house. Howbeit the most high dwelleth not in temples with hands; as saith the prophet.” Yes, God is the wise master builder – the master carpenter – and his Son is the carpenter’s son – the Son of God. Are you listening? All through the Old Testament we read of the house of Judah, Joseph, Jacob etc. – well, the Church is the house of Christ. Amen.

 

Paul elaborates on this doctrine in (I Cor.3:9-17). “Ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder” – (vs.9-10). Paul was a wise master builder for God and he built not one single church made of wood and stone and built by men’s hands. The church is always saved people and they met in houses to be a testimony to that truth. They had no buildings and temples as the heathen religions had. In 70 A.D. God destroyed the temple of the Jews in Jerusalem as the concluding truth of this doctrine.Yes, the carpenter’s Son – o the wisdom of God.

 

In (I Kings 5) Solomon prepares to build the temple of God and he contacts King Hiram of Tyre (Lebanon) for cedar trees and stones. Both Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders built the temple. Jews and Gentiles together built the temple of God. God was showing us his church built up of both Jews and Gentiles. It’s mostly a Gentile church, but the foundation is all Jewish and the precious cornerstone is the perfect, sinless Jew – the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s why Jesus was a carpenter from Galilee of the city of Nazareth – called “Galilee of the Gentiles” in (Mt.4:15). Jesus was from Galilee of the Gentiles because he was to build a church whose foundation was in Israel of the Jews but would go worldwide and include mostly Gentiles. To the Jew first and then the Gentiles. (Jesus must have stood on the hill outside of Nazareth overlooking the valley of Megiddo where he comes a second time at the battle of Armageddon).

 

We are all born again children of God and we belong to the house of Christ. House is so much better and warmer than temple. It denotes a family that loves one another – and so we do. We, the true church, are all brothers and sisters and belong to one house and have one father and the same Holy Spirit within us. We are part of the family of God.

 

In (Ezek. chps. 40-48) We see the detailed description of the millennial temple that will be built by the master builder and carpenter – King Jesus. He will build it during the millennium when he comes back and we shall help him build it. War on planet earth is finally over and we have peace on earth and the whole earth is at rest like king Solomon’s reign of peace for 40 years. And then the King of Kings – Jesus Christ – will build a temple made with hands once again.

 

In (Zach. 6:11-15) Jesus Christ is called the Branch in bold print. He shall build the temple of the Lord (vs.12) and the saved Gentiles (those afar off) shall help him build it. (vs.15). We are right now afar off from Israel in the U.S. helping our Lord build his spiritual temple by preaching and getting people saved. The Branch came the first time and died on a tree branch to be the savior of the world. They used carpenter’s tools, hammers and nails, and nailed his flesh to the wood and there the carpenter built the temple of his father.

It is written in (Jn.2:19-21) “Jesus answered and said unto them, destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, forty and six years was this temple in building and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.” His body is the temple of God and we also who are saved are a part of it. Jesus’ body was raised from the dead in three days. The temple was destroyed – the veil rent in two - when the living way came – the old way was through. The Carpenter’s Son – the Son of God – the greatest master builder in the universe – O, the wisdom of God.

 

(Heb.11:10) tells us “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” The final temple of God is Holy Jerusalem, a city built by God in Heaven ( a wise master builder) and comes down to earth. It is the final temple of God the Father and he dwells in it for eternity. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” – (Rev.21:3). And again in (Rev.21:22) – “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” This also is a temple not made with men’s hands but made by God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. It’s ours by grace – a free gift from God.

 

Are you born again by the Holy Spirit and saved from your sins and hell? Are you a part of God’s true temple – his church? Or are you deceiving yourself by joining a church made with hands and yet you don’t have your name written in the Lamb’s book or life. Are you a part of God’s spiritual house and not a building? The church is the living house of God for our God is the living God. Are you a part of God’s “household of faith” – (Gal.6:10).

 

God changed houses from the Old Testament to the New Testament. He moved into saved, sanctified bodies. When I think of 90% of God’s tithe money that has been spent on church buildings the last 2000 years, I could cry. Billions of dollars directly against the word of God – building temples made of wood and stone. “O earth, earth, earth – hear the word of the Lord.”

 

The carpenter’s son is the Son of God. He’s building a spiritual house by saving people and putting his Holy Spirit inside of them. He’s building a Holy habitation of God. Make sure you’re a part of it – as my daughter’s poem so eloquently puts it –

 

 

 

Where Does God Dwell ?

 

The temple of the Lord You are the church

The temple of the Lord Your body the temple.

The temple of the Lord God dwells in you

The people cried. It’s that simple.

 

Living stones By Debbie Knickerbocker

Living stones

Living stones

Was God’s reply.

 

Stained-glass cathedrals

And domed showcases.

Does God dwell there

In these man-made places?

 

Put up a sign

Fill the pews with people.

Say- “here is the church 5000 N. LaCholla #76

Here is the steeple.” Tucson, Az.

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- Where does God dwell? - Email: Biblewatchman@aol.com

Preacher Mike Storti

Lying words, the prophet cried

Amend your ways- Repent.

God wants a holy heart

Not a temple or a tent.

 

God fashioned this world

His hands made everything.

“What house can we build him?”

Once spoke a wise king.

 

“The most high dwells not,”

The martyr Steven said -

“In temples made with hands”

And they stoned him dead.

 

The carpenter was nailed

To that cross made of wood.

And he built God’s church

With each drop of blood.

 

The temple was destroyed

The veil rent in two.

When the living way came

The old way was through.

 

- Where does God dwell? -

 

Jesus is the foundation

Our chief cornerstone.

Of a church built on grace

By faith in Him alone.

 

If the sin-cleansing blood

Of Christ made you free.

Then you’re part of God’s body

A living stone you’ll be.

 

- Where does God dwell?

 

This question is not difficult

It needn’t be a riddle.

The word ‘church’ is a clue

U-R- is in the middle