The Carpenter, the cobbler

Sometimes i do wonder what Jesus did as a carpenter – what were his tools and what did he make?  I have neither seen a carpenter nor do i  know of any carpenter. Well, perhaps only one – a carpenter’s son, Ben!

In Chinatown, I came across a place dubbed Cobblers Square, and saw this small group of old cobblers, each seated under huge, weather-beaten umbrellas. Every cobbler had a collapsible trolley, his tool kit and and all his repair materials placed within an arm’s reach. All of them were bent over, oblivious to their busy surroundings, each putting heart and soul into their work – replacing old soles, stitching up worn-out shoes or mending broken heels.

However, it has become a vanishing trade. No one notices the cobblers, unless you want your shoes mended. It is pure skill and craft, gleaned from years of experience, but no one wants that kind of job any longer. It is not a well-paying or glamorous job, but during their younger days, it earned them just enough to support their families.

Like the status of a cobbler, Jesus was merely a carpenter. For thirty years, He lived an unobtrusive life. Once he started His ministry, people were awed by what He said and did. Yet, the most telling question was “isn’t this the carpenter’s son?”

It certainly takes a lot of faith to believe in a CARPENTER’S SON.       By R

Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? … Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”

And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.   Matt 13:54-58  (NIV)

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3 thoughts on “The Carpenter, the cobbler

    1. I enjoy painting any inspiration i get as there is always a teaching for me from the Blessed Lord. Seeing the cobbler’s tools made me reflect on how Jesus had worked so humbly as a carpenter. Thank you Linda!

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