By Carlos Padilla, September 2008
The Carpenter is a spiritual profession allegory of our Lord Jesus Christ. No
doubt this is the oldest profession which implies the use of elaborate designs
and handcraft, and which was involved in the construction of the first
structures, houses, bridges, boats and temples. Involved in transport – by land
and sea – in the first centuries. Nowadays, it is still used to a large extent,
but artisan craftsmanship carpentry has become a specialty, when we come to
speak about valuable works of art like classical music instruments and
traditional utensils used for worship, like the ones used in the times of the
Just like God designed creation with His infinite intelligence following His
plans, as the Architect of the universe to accomplish the magnificent work which
we are part of. In His design He includes the creation of materials with
different qualities and characteristics. If we did, what for us is a simple trip
of millions of light years, placing ourselves in the history of humanity, where
He sent His Son Jesus Christ, and we focus on the material which we are made of,
in terms of spiritual character, we can use the allegory of wood to identify
many similarities with ourselves, between the qualities of the different types
of wood for each use, sacred and for work, and therefore understand how man,
each one of us, like symbolic trees, have unique qualities and how the
Carpenter, with expert knowledge of them, can make – if we allow Him – real works
of art with our soul, and tools, and utensils for life, spiritual and brotherly
life in this case.
One of the aspects which the “teknon” (carpenter in Hebrew) has to master, is the
origin of the raw material which he is going to use: the trees; this is
precisely the knowledge which the Lord has of each and every man. Besides the
characteristics of their wood, He also knows the fruits which they bear and the
use of these fruits. In Israel, the carpenter is who works with wood in all
aspects, such as obtaining fire wood, fine wood craftsmanship and the different
types of carpentry work.
part of his early years learning about carpentry with his father Yâsaph
(Joseph), from whom He surely learnt not only how to work with the wood but also
its qualities. He would learn how to deal with clients and also, of course, to
create new designs. During His ministry, the Lord would use His human experience
– the similarities between trees, the wood and the different uses – to preach
the Gospel. Everybody has a piece of furniture, opens doors or windows, sits on
a chair or eats at the table, jumps on a boat, has seen the yoke of the oxen,
etc. and we also know the twelve types of trees which the Lord uses mainly, as
well as their fruits which they used to eat – and so do we regularly.
father made creation with His Son, and He has planted and grown every tree and
every man. It is the perfect knowledge which the Lord has of the purpose of each
and every one of them in creation – I refer to both trees and people – allows
Him to be our Master, Rabbi! Whom we must ask about everything we do in life.
Unblessed are those who don’t.
Tools and processes used by the carpenter
The axe is laid to the root of the trees; he who does not obey God is cut down
and thrown into the fire. We can also see here a resemblance of the death of our
carnal lives, of repentance, of denying oneself to be born again to the
spiritual life. We, willingly, allow God to cut us down if we repent and let the
construction of our life without Him be demolished in order to start again with
Him and bear fruits of the Spirit and not from the mind, like we did before.
…8Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance 9And think not to say within
yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able
of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10And now also the axe is
laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth
good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Matthew 3.
When Jews justify themselves saying that they have Abraham as their father, they
become just like any other religion which makes their disciples believe that
because of their family hereditary belonging they are already accepted by God;
Catholics, Protestants, Hindus, Muslims, etc… All of them must be aware of the
fact that the Lord can raise “spiritual” children from Abraham even out of the
stones, since they are whoever has faith in the Son of God. This is where we see
a parable of the spiritual circumcision of the heart.
The saw is used to cut to measure the pieces which are to be used, just like in
our lives we have worldly experiences which are of no use for the spiritual
works, and we have to let our “old man” in order to use the parts revealed
by the Spirit in the Word of God, out of which the Carpenter can build our
temple inside our soul. We can see the similarities between the cut of the saw
and the pruning of the branches which do not bear fruit.
The plane is used to smooth and provide an elegant finish to the pieces which
have been previously cut with the saw, a symbol of the fact that in our life we
learn how to live spiritually by God’s hand and it is through our brothers that
the excess wood is cut down, we are shaped together with our character, our
pride is reduced so we move along humbly and patiently.
The chisel is used to carve shapes and finishings and is used with the hand or
hammer to penetrate the wood; just like God, when we are determined and we
believe and trust Him, penetrates His Word
in us, His commandments, His
blessing, His power, His wisdom, His mercy and His unique love.
The fire burns the firewood or the surplus, but many times it is also used to
treat wood, shape it or burn impurities.
The file softens the edges. This is the friction between brothers, which
polishes our edges through the Lord’s mercy. It is brotherly love, which is the
step prior to Godly love.
Oil, wax and varnish are the protection and beauty of the finished piece, the
anointment of the person who has entrusted his life and has submitted it to the
Lord’s carpentry, and out of it comes a humble, brotherly, patient, wise and
spiritual character which conveys the Lord’s enthusiasm and strength, the
boldness to preach which Paul asked for in 1 Thessalonians 2:2, or the one used
by the virgins when they came to look for the groom, who is the Lord, and our
souls must have Him so we do not cease to give light. These anointments
culminate with a finely finished piece of work which symbolizes those who
emanate the love of God.
The first major
carpentry work in the Bible was Noah’s ark, whom we
could consider the first relevant carpenter on Earth, and this piece of work was
built to save those who loved God. There is another piece of wood work, a rough
piece but the most relevant and well-known carpentry work ever, with a simple
design, which was also built to save those who loved God, but in this case
throughout the times. Yes, it is the Cross.
The firewood for Isaac’s atonement, which Abraham used. This is not a literal
wood work, but through faith. The fact that he gathered the firewood for the
atonement was part of the determination of a man of faith, such as Abraham. We
must also be willing to sacrifice our way of thinking, doing and living before
the Lord. How many of us, today, would obey God like Abraham did?
Moses’ staff or Aaron’s rod, made of wood, are the symbol of the pastor’s
crosier. The faith on the Lord’s directions and power. The leading guide of the
Spirit which shows us the Way, with signs and wonders in our lives. Christianity
throughout the world can speak of so many spiritual experiences, not just this
generation but throughout history! They are experiences which the non-believers
constantly deny, most of the times facing the evidence.
The doors, with their posts and lintels, which were marked with blood to protect
the firstborn, are another symbol of the wood where the Lord put an advance of
His Blood on the wood of the Cross, which makes us clean of our sins and covers
us in holiness.
The Ark of the Covenant, made of acacia wood and covered with gold, which
represents the heart of Christ and ours, where the tablets of the Law and Aaron’s
rod, priesthood, were placed. All renewed in the new Covenant in His Blood.
The temple’s walls, of cedar wood, were made by artisan wood work with expert
hands of the best carpenters in the world. Our temple of the soul must be
covered with a piece of work which only our Master Carpenter can do inside us,
mercy, peace and God’s love.
The boat of the (fisherman of men); cannot be built with any type of wood, but
many different types of wood are used; furthermore, what is known as “Jesus’
boat” is an archaeological discovery made in 1986 of the oldest boat ever found
in the lake of Genesareth, dated on the first century after Christ and which is
considered to be a miracle since the wood should have disintegrated after so
long under the lake water, which did not occur because it was protected by mud.
It is kept in The Israeli Archaeological Museum of Galilee.
The boat is made of 12 different types of wood, mainly cedar and oak, which
immediately reminds us of the twelve apostles and a call to the diversity of
characters of the sons of God, all different, which the Lord, the Carpenter,
uses and prepares granting us different gifts that provide spiritual ad
brotherly richness to the Church of Jesus Christ. The boat, made of wood chosen
specifically for its durability, flexibility and water resistance, especially
treated to prevent the sea water from coming through, to carry a large load of
fish, to carry those who fish, where Peter came down out of it and started
sinking, where Jesus slept amidst the storm. Each Christian is on a boat, with
his sailing brothers going out to fish with the Bible’s nets, the Gospel which
is the Lord’s power. Lets fish many souls for Christ!. May your fishing be
abundant, brother. Row out to seas with the wooden oar which the Carpenter has
The plough that works the soil, the soul of man, so the seed goes deep inside,
and the pitchfork or winnowing fork to collect the wheat and winnow it
separating the grain from the straw. Likewise, the Lord works on our souls first
and then plants the seed, to collect the grain which will feed our spirit.
The table where we break bread, and the chairs where we sit, are made of wood,
made by the carpenter. How many of them the Lord must have made together with
Joseph! But the one used for the Holy Supper would be the culmination of all
tables in the history of mankind.
The yoke is one of the most relevant symbols in the Carpenter’s teachings, since
we have to place ourselves under it to pull the burden with the Master, who
leads and pulls strongly; we share it because His work is easy and His burden is
light, because it is God’s love.
The cross. The simplicity and roughness of its contraction with two heavy planks
is a contrast with the relevance of the eternal design, calculated and fulfilled
at the exact time of the event which took place on it in Calvary, where mankind
received the opening of the door to salvation through faith in Yahshua, in Jesus Christ’s
victory over death, confirmed in His resurrection. Jesus Christ says: …I am the
gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and
find pasture. John 10:9.
The paper itself which my Bible is made of comes from wood. The Bible keeps the
bread from Heaven so that we may eat from it every day of our lives. A privilege
that the Apostles did not have and which you and I have today, and that we can
give to our neighbour inviting him to the congregation.
Trees of the bible
The Lord planted the trees on the soil, and we take wood from them for different
works. Different trees which, apart from their wood, bear different fruits. Two
of them stand out, the most relevant on a spiritual level: oil and figs. Oil, as
we know, is a symbol of the anointment and the presence of the Lord. It was used
to consecrate, to anoint kings, but also to anoint the sick. Mixed with wine, it
is used to cure wounds and help them heal. Spiritual wounds, they are also
healed by prayer and with the anointment of the oil and wine of the Blood of
Christ in the Holy Supper. Figs, like the Lord told us, are the fruits of
Israel’s faith, when we see them it will be the time for them as a nation to
Following the context of this approach, we can obtain different types of wood
with their specific characteristics out of different trees. Just like the Lord
planted us, men, on the earth and who are so often seen as trees in the Bible’s
parables, we have a series of traits in our character which are used to build
the body of Christ, the family of the church for good works, mutual help and to
bear the fruits of the Spirit: ...love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they
that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we
live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of
vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man be
overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit
of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one
another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
to 6:2. We can also add to these qualities: perseverance, vision, motivation and
brotherly love, and all of them come from the law of Christ which emanates from
the Lord’s love.
Take a look at the qualities and their symbolic meaning, in the man and
woman of Christ, of each of the twelve most relevant trees in the Bible –
spiritually – like the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Oak. The Lord appeared to Abraham in the oak trees of Mamre, Genesis 12:6 and 7.
The Lord called Gideon under the oak, Judges 6:11. Oak wood is very strong and
can be used for tools such as the plough. A solid and strong character which can
remain in impiety and imposition if it is not worked on.
Acacia. This wood is so noble that it hardly needs any treatment. It is used for
the ark of the testimony, the table of the Presence, the bronze altar, Exodus
27:1. The ark was before the temple, just like the Lord makes a covenant with us
in our hearts from the moment we are born again by faith, even though the
interior temple of the soul is a life-long work. Numbers
Cedar. The famous cedars from Lebanon were used for the temple’s walls, covering
the stones, the stones of faith are the Church and the Lord’s Israel. In this
tree we can see how the Lord calls men of all nations to become part of His
work. Cedar wood has a special smell and repels insects, a good character which
the Carpenter can shape, after repentance, for those who preach the Gospel
amongst gentiles. 2Samuel
wood for the floor of the temple. The best and most water-resistant wood, the
longer lasting, used in naval constructions, it is not attacked by insects and
has a pleasant smell. No doubt a reference to the character of those who kneel
at the Lord’s feet, their souls live through eternity. 1Kings 5:10.
Beech. Ideal for curving, impregnation or varnish. It is used in very thin and
resistant layers. Used for worship instruments. 2Samuel 6:5. Carrying the Ark to
It is a character which allows the Holy Spirit to shape it and anoint it, and the
Lord invites such a person to worship.
One of the most elegant woods and with better finishing, with a decorative
strip. Walnuts are no doubt a gift from the Lord for our brain and body – as we
all know their shape reminds us of the skull with the brain. Two qualities
which, in man, are symbolic for praise and wisdom.
Pine tree. In the future glory of Zion, this wood will come from Lebanon to be
laid at the Lord’s feet, to decorate the Holy Place. Isaiah 60:12.
This is another wood from a tall, slim tree, famous in the construction trade,
symbol of those people who stand out and who, if they are humble, will be used
for the Lord’s work.
is the fig tree of the prophecy, figs, Adam and Eve used fig leaves to cover
themselves. Curse of the barren fig tree, Mark 11. The fig tree is Israel’s
character, a nation chosen by the Lord to keep the Bible for humanity and that
has survived even in spite of the dispersion or diaspora, adapting themselves to
different countries and cultures where they have lived, just like this small
tree and bush grows in any type of soil, even in other trees or walls. Israel
has lived everywhere and has survived Holocaust, until they have been called to
their land, fulfilling the Bible’s prophecy in 1948 by England’s cession through
United Nations. The fig tree dried spiritually until it receives Jesus Christ
the Messiah, which is already happening through Messianic Jews. Fig tree wood is
almost indestructible. It was used for fine utensils, such as cutlery.
Sycomore. Luke 17:6 and 19:4 tells us about the height of this tree which was
greatly appreciated for carpentry use. Fig-like fruits grow from the trunk and
branches. A double characteristic which we can see in some men: strength and
fruit. Through faith, the Lord tells us that we can tell them to uproot and
plant elsewhere, and those who have the faith, will do so.
Olive tree. The most spiritually significant tree in the Bible. The dove which
flew back to Noah brought an olive leaf; it came from a land where oil could be
found. This is the message of a man of God who is sent out and taken to another
one by the Holy Spirit and if he comes back with oil it is because the soul has
received the anointment and emanates oil. Olive tree wood is used in
construction. With the oil, we started this introduction. God’s anointment is
extremely important, without it there is no presence or spiritual work. In the
anointment of the Lord, we can see prophecy and healing for body and soul.
Wild olive trees bear worthless fruit, but if they are grafted in a good olive
tree, they produce good oil. People are the same. Those who are in the world do
not bear good fruits, but those who are grafted in Christ bear the love of God.
Similarly, those who walk away become wild, but the Lord is almighty to graft
them in again. Therefore we are not the ones who produce good fruits, the oil,
the anointment which we bring to others through the word of God and His
manifestation, but the Holy Spirit, the rich sap which produces the oil. How can
Mount of Olives,
the Lord’s prayers for us there, the cup which he drank and all the times he was
there with the disciples. Luke 21:37 and John 8:1. But let us not forget that He
will return to that same place as King of kings, Zechariah 14:4 and Acts 1:11.
Finally, two trees of undefined and symbolic wood end this list, but they are
surely the most relevant for our salvation. I refer to the two trees in the
Garden of Eden, which mankind has depended on since Adam and Eve. The forbidden
tree and the tree of Life, which we can see again in Revelation in the new
Jerusalem, the return to
Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The wood from this tree is specifically
designed for construction, but if it is not spiritually worked with learning the
science of the Master, it remains warped and any construction made with this
wood will break. This, I refer to the attitude and the misuse, is what human
mind is made of, a wood which does not allow the Carpenter to work with; the
result: a self-destructive society attacked by the destructive plagues of sin,
of being separated from the Carpenter, the Creator. But I would prefer to focus
on the view of man in his separation away from the Lord, a child who does not
listen to his Father, a friend who rejects the advice from a dear one, an
unfaithful wife. Its sap is nourished from bad soil, soil with a dead soul and
the fruit is an evil one. In Genesis 2:9 our Father gives us every tree to eat
from. What man does when he listens to the serpent through his mind, represented
by Eve, is disobey the Lord, our loving Father, knowing that the moment we
decide to proceed on our own we get confused, we cannot tell between good and
evil; what is good for some is evil for others, we can see it in the different
cultures, due to the cunning serpent, the devil.
Take a look at Eve’s (Adam’s mind) conversation carefully: Genesis 3:3… but God
did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the
garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' ...what do you think about
Eve’s approach?. God never told us not to eat from the tree in the middle, which
is the tree of Life. Eve is confused between the Tree of Life and the one of
good and evil and, of course, the serpent tells her that they will not die, but
it refers to them eating from the tree in the middle, and hides the fact that
Eve thinks that it is from the tree of good and evil which is in the middle. The
mind has to submit to the Lord’s Spirit, this is why we must receive the mind of
Jesus Christ in order to be able to have spiritual discernment.
Tree of life, Christ. The perfect wood in man is the one which emanates from the
Master Carpenter of the soul and spirit of man through the Lord’s spirit, Jesus
Christ. He has the majesty, courage, temperance and determination to love until
death, and death on the cross. He chooses the wood which is better suited for
our qualities in order to work with us. Let us learn from Him in the Word, of
His character: gentle and humble, yet straightforward and determined, who
fulfills His ministry focusing on the result of His work, not in the
difficulties of the Way. I invite you to take a tour through the new Jerusalem
in Revelation 22…And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as
crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of
the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life,
which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the
leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no
more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his
servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in
their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle,
neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall
reign for ever and ever.
I leave a question unanswered, with a spiritual focus in terms of character, not
physical: Which wood is the Cross of Jesus Christ made of? And what about the
one of the disciple, your one?
THE SPIRITUAL CARPENTER
Our Lord has learnt from His Father until the Cross. Yahshua does not work in
His carpentry alone, his partners are the Holy Spirit and His Father who
taught Him his trade in the wooden Cross.
In Yahshua’s carpentry, the work is to shape people’s character. Come to
see the Carpenter of Nazareth and give Him the wood of your heart for Him to
work on it. His works are the most precious craftsmanship ever known. Out of
unscrupulous people He makes compassionate individuals; out of selfish people,
individuals who dedicate their lives to others. He makes the spiritual dead
become alive, sculpts rock-hard hearts into others carved with the Lord’s love,
with oil, the anointment treat. His work will shape and carve the whole of your
being, your heart, soul and mind so that your spirit flows from Him, like
precious fragrant wood.
The Lord’s work in eternity, just like a carpenter’s project, selects and uses
the best quality woods and the most adequate ones; the Lord chose 12 men and
received many women who, together with the millions of people who love Him, will
be in His Kingdom with a spiritual character like His, treated, varnished,
anointed with oil and dried after carving, shaping a heart from the Spirit which
emanates the Lord’s love. Dry wood cannot be used in a piece which requires
flexibility, just like a fresh one cannot be treated until it dries to make
exclusive pieces of work such as a XVII century desk or a Stradivarius violin,
combining woods with different sound qualities – which remind us how to deal
with different situations and how self-control is an essential trait for a
Man, just like wood, needs to let his character dry, mature, experiment; but
there is a frequent problem that we see many times: I refer to “green” men and
women acting – or thinking that they can act as – the teachers or masters who
are made of wood that has dried with time, and which God has shaped and used
because they have devoted themselves to Him for His works. On the other hand, we
also too often
– almost regularly – those who have dried up spiritually in their
pride, and they have not had a purpose in their lives in the Lord’s spiritual
carpentry. They are self-made individuals who have never allowed the Lord
to deal with them, and they will be attacked by woodworms and insects and burnt
in the fire. They have been warped, so if we try to work on them or shape them,
they will break. This is the type of society we have in the world we live in and
it also happens between brothers who do not allow for their feet to be washed,
they close their eyes and ears to continue feeding themselves; a structure of
misused wood, wrongly selected and mistreated, a mass-production carpentry shop
of prefabricated pieces of furniture, a society that must be burnt in order to
receive the new bodies, made of new wood selected by the Lord for a unique piece
of work, the one of His temple of souls in the new Jerusalem of Revelation 21,
so that each and one of us can be treated, carved and used with masterly ability
by the artisan Carpenter.
…2And 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? 3Is 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. 4But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own
country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. Mark 6.
...17And he bearing his cross went forth
into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew
Golgotha: 18Where they crucified him… John 19
...32Now learn a parable of the fig tree;
When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is
nigh:33So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near,
even at the doors. 34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till
all these things be fulfilled. 35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words
shall not pass away. Matthew 24.
…17And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and
hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house. 18And Solomon's builders and
Hiram's builders did hew them, and the stonesquarers:
so they prepared timber and stones to build the house. 1 Kings 5.
…13For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I
magnify mine office:14If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are
my flesh, and might save some of them. 15For if the casting away of them be the
reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the
dead? 16For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be
holy, so are the branches. 17And if some of the branches be broken off,
and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among
them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive
tree; 18Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the
root, but the root thee. 19Thou wilt say then, the branches were broken off,
that I might be grafted in. 20Well; because of unbelief they were broken off,
and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21For if God spared not
the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22Behold therefore
the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee,
goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut
off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in:
for God is able to graft them in again. 24For if thou wert cut out of the olive
tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good
olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches,
be grafted into their own olive tree?. Romans
… I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these
things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26Even so,
Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27All things are delivered unto me
of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any
man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For
my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11.
...14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that
they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the
gates into the city. Revelation 22.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Carpenter of the Spirit and gives us the right to
the Tree of Life through faith.
WORKING THE SPIRITUAL WOOD IN CRUCIFIXION
Our Lord worked the Cross of Calvary by dying on it, on those two fixed planks,
which He must have seen so many times, made of tough wood, where His own hands
would be hammered down with nails the same as those used for bridges, doors and
others. The enemy was attacking those hands which performed so many miracles on
people who were sick, dead, possessed or tormented, but above all, miracles of
faith opening up the hearts o people through His Work, by His mere presence in
front of anybody who may have a willing heart, or just by having had the
privilege of looking into His eyes, catching His glance. They also hammered down
His feet, those which were washed with very costly pure nard and tears from the
soul, of that woman and ours, feet which carried the Master during the ministry
that His Father gave him, and which saved us for eternity. The Carpenter of the
soul died on wood, the eternal Carpenter on the temporary wood, and that is why
He could not remain on it. Through His resurrection He reminded us that just
like He denied Himself, we also have to take our own cross, deny ourselves and
die inside, the same as our Master carpenter on the cross. Blessed be Him who,
being the Creator – of the wood as well – has come to us in our daily duties
becoming part of the lives of men and women, telling us the stories of hope in
the eternity of souls which transform the spirit and make hearts of stone be
born again so they become treated wood and with faith – rock hard faith – faith
on the Carpenter of the Universe, our King. May the Glory and the kingdom be
with Him throughout eternity. Amen.
My beloved friend, brother, reader, pray so that the Lord may show you the wood
which He chooses for you to work on in your life, the friends in Christ whom the
Lord will put on your side to accomplish the spiritual work; there are many
beloved brothers, but just like the Lord chose 12, you will have to discern and
pray to know with whom and where do you fit in the body of Christ, where is your
efficient joint, work to achieve being made of a type of wood that can be used
for as many things as possible, but you will not be able to undertake
everything, the Lord will specialize you with the gift or gifts from His Spirit
and which only He will give you, because He knows our wood better than
ourselves. Talk about Him and show the qualities of the Master, invite your
neighbour to come into Yahshua’s carpentry, where they will find the Book
of books, the learners’ manual for life to receive the Master in their lives,
the fine craftsmanship piece of soul work which those whom you love – and love
Him too – will receive through faith and that will save their souls for
eternity. Do not hesitate, it is worth denying oneself and dedicate to others,
in the Gospel and humanitarian help, and in true friendship, without tricks,
because we were chosen by the grace of God and our life is safely kept in Christ
who gives us the rich sap of the good olive tree where we were grafted, to
produce the oil of anointment for our lamps, the presence of the Lord to those
who still do not know Him. Go on, work the wood, your own and other’s; the Lord
will never leave you alone and you will see many projects achieved of
transformed lives which were dead and hopeless, who were walking in the dark
without reconciliation with God, without repentance. Plough the soil around your
life, nourish it, secure the water, pray and receive the Lord, worship and
preach, never give up, you will bear fruits of the Spirit, guided by the
Carpenter’s hand. May the blessing from Zion be poured over those who love Him,
in the name of Jesus Christ, Yahshua. Amen.