“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him” (Mk 6:3)

Between the time when our Lord was 12 years old and His Baptism in the River Jordan that announced the beginning of His public ministry, nothing is said about Him in the Bible. These are called the 18 silent years. From the scriptures we deduce that He worked with His adopted father, Joseph, as a carpenter. This is a great revelation! Our Lord’s preaching ministry was about three years in duration. But His quiet ‘secular’ work as a village carpenter in Nazareth was six times longer than that. The lesson here is that preparation for full time ministry takes a long time. It is a time of quiet difficult labor done in obscurity, very far from the public praises of men. May we never be in a hurry! May our foundation be on the rock!

The people of Nazareth were amazed and also angry at the power of the Lord to do miracles and also at His wisdom. They could not see how or why their humble village carpenter suddenly received such supernaturally gifts. They became jealous and angry, and rejected Him from Nazareth. They did not mind Jesus to be their carpenter but they hated Him as a preacher. This is another lesson: when God calls you to ministry, the same people who accepted you in your secular work will reject you as a servant of God. For example, my husband and I, we are medical doctors by profession. When God called us to change our private hospital into church, most of our patients were angry with the idea. They wanted a doctor and not a preacher. They wanted medicines and not scriptures. But God’s will prevail at last! To God be all the glory!


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