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The Carpenter

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. ... and I will make you fishers for men."

Meaning of wood: a hard-fibrous material that forms the main substance of the trunk or branches of a tree or shrub, used for fuel or timber:

There are 72 verses in the Bible about wood.

Being confined during a pandemic can take us to move in so many directions... Our minds can drift and began to question life a little deeper. However, I am a firm believer that idle hands leave our imagination to run rampant. As many of you know I started a word study before our world came to a sudden stop. I am utilizing this time and task to grow my Bible knowledge.

That being said, I began to share my thoughts with a friend who mentioned that she might busy her hands by sanding wood to make tables. And that is how the quest to learn more about the word wood and the study sprouted and began to grow. 🌱 .. I started to think of all the things we use wood for today, buildings, fire, furniture. But then my mind drifted to this question, where does this product we take for granted come from? Easy answer trees, plants, vines! They are all such a beautiful gift from God. They supply food but more importantly, they manufacture the very air we breathe... So, what does this amazing creation have to do with the Bible? I discovered, one of the most prominent trees in Jerusalem, when Jesus walked upon the earth, was the olive tree. Did you know the Life Span of Olive trees can be 1,500 years, but the average lifespan is 500 years? That is a wow?

So where and who used this precious commodity? How did the men of that time build such amazing things from wood? They were not draftsmen? They had no computers? They had no state-of-the-art tools? So how? It can boggle our minds when we think about it? They were simple carpenters with rudimentary tools! I am sure they treasured and could see the beauty in the wood they used. There are a few stories that came to light during this study. Noah and his Ark, The Ark of the Covenant which was made by many craftsmen, but they all had one common factor, all of their creations had been made under the direction of God Himself. He gave them precise measurements and directions. How else could they have created such wonders? But the greatest wonder God orchestrated was the creation of his only begotten son

Jesus. I stand in awe of how He created such a precious life. A life that has touched so many lives in such a significant way. Including mine!! 🥰 Have you ever questioned why he was born to a carpenter? I have? And feel, as a young man he had to develop his skills to understand life on earth. During this learning experience, he used his hands with great precision and strength. He worked at it until he became a master at his craft. Because his father knew He needed to grow and understand how to make something beautiful from a simplistic beginning... His life is a testimony to these skills. The most precious gift He made, He made with his own blood sweat, and tears. This gift was given to us on a simple piece of blood-stained wood. It’s a gift of LOVE that goes far beyond that simplistic piece of wood that we remember as the symbolic cross ... It is the richness of His (vine) breath that sustains Life. His LOVE and Life are truly the greatest love story ever told. It’s Him, It’s always Him! I will never look at a simple piece of wood the same ever again.

“Jesus said, ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.”

John 15:1 EASY

“Then the trees said to the vine, “Come and be our king”.”

Judges 9:12 EASY

“God is the Lord. This is what he says. He is the God who created the skies. He hung them up like a curtain. He made the shape of the whole earth. He made everything that grows in it. He gives air to its people so that they can breathe. And he has given a spirit to everyone who walks on the earth.”saiah 42:5 EASY


Photography, Design & Written by Lori Garner Bible Collaboration - Joann Turnbull Bible Verses From Easy / Sinner's Prayer Inspiring Music: YouTube Joseph - I Was Not His Father, He Was Mine

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