Friday, July 29, 2022

CARPENTER OF LIVES

Today’s Reading: Mark 6

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The carpenter’s shop in Nazareth at Nazareth Village.

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Key Verse: Mark 6:3

“…Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and Brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.

 

They called Him “the carpenter” to belittle Him, but in reality that term praises Him. He is truly “the Carpenter of lives.” In the previous chapter, there are three examples of His higher carpentry. Firstly, He spoke the words, “Go home,” to the formerly demon posessed man, and Jesus became the Rebuilder of lives and families (5:19). Secondly, Jesus said to the woman who touched the hem of His garment, “Go in peace,” and He proved that He was the Rebuilder of the human body (5:34). Thirdly, Jesus became the Rebuilder of life itself with the word, “Arise,” spoken to the little daughter of Jairus. This “Carpenter of lives” is available to take the rebuilding contract for your life, your family, and for your circumstances. He also said, “I will build My Church” (Matthew 16:18). His hands were not as often portrayed in art; they were a working Man’s hands. Those hands are at work today if we ask for His carpentry. Go ahead, ask!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for the “do it yourself” job I’ve tried to do on my life. Please take over. Fix the construction mess I’ve made of things. You read the plans You have for me and please implement them, because You definitely know best! Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I took a year off from my formal theological studies to fulfill my promise to the people of a northern community to plant a church. In my personal time, I committed to reading a sermon each day from books I had collected. I knew the saying, “readers are leaders.” I was now 20 and by November I had run out of money and decided to be a carpenter like Jesus. I borrowed tools and showed up at the Army Camp Petawawa announcing, “I’m a carpenter.” There were no certification procedures for carpenters then. I got the job, which lasted for several weeks. The cold, the challenges, and the rough atmosphere were testing my level of determination. I often drew comfort from the knowledge that Jesus was in the same trade until He was 30.

Yours in honour of the Carpenter of lives,

David

7 thoughts on “Friday, July 29, 2022

  1. Amen to David’s prayer. Thank You, Lord God, for being the Master Builder. Bring more and more living stones into Your church. Build us into the great edifice in which You are glorified throughout this world. Have Your way, Lord, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  2. Amen Rob. A Wonderful prayer from David. “Let go and let God”, as it has been said. That leads to complete success. Blessings today, this last day of the Pope’s visit in Canada. Such a sad time for Canada. Father, in Jesus Name, help us, and bring healing. Amen.

  3. Amen,Rob and a big thanks to those who held that wonderful family in prayer yesterday.The weather was perfect and the family did very well.
    David’s prayer applies very much to me.God bless

  4. Amen to the prayers above. I agree William that David’s prayer for today is very real for me. I have been praying a similar prayer everyday day since a previous reading through the Bible with David.
    I pray for healing for the indigenous people. I also pray for them to learn to forgive the wrongs they have harboured for so many generations. The only way they will find the peace and happiness they search is by repenting and accepting Jesus as their saviour and forgiving those they believe wronged them. Easier said than done but through the grace of God it will happen. We must keep them all in our prayers

  5. I wish to thank you all for answering my request for prayer a couple of days ago. God has been so gracious and merciful to me. It’s a very tough journey for me now and I must remind myself that I am not alone but accompanied and loved by the Master of all creation.
    I pray that He blesses all of you.

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