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JESUS could have been a Carpenter

Some people say that JESUS wasn't a Carpenter. They say this because the Cedars of Lebanon are always mentioned as used for construction in the Bible, so they think that Israel was a desert back then with no trees. I believe that when the Cedars of Lebanon are mentioned in the Bible it would kind of like people talking about the Red Wood Trees of California in our country. It doesn't mean that other states don't have trees, it's just that those trees are probably the most impressive trees in our country so they get special attention. One story in the Bible that leads me to believe there were trees to provide Carpenters with jobs in Israel is the story of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus climbed a Sycamore tree to get a better look at JESUS. Sycamore trees are a decent size and it stands to reason that there could have been many Sycamore trees there at the time, when there is no indication from the Bible otherwise. If JESUS was a stone mason I'm okay with that, it is not a fundamental part of my faith. I do believe JESUS was a carpenter though. I don't think that we should always lean on our own scientific reasoning for figuring things out now 2,000 years later, over relying on church tradition and that things could have been recorded a certain way because that's how it was literally passed down even if it doesn't make the most sense to our educated minds today. I don't mean this to offend people who do believe that JESUS was a stone mason. Like I wrote I don't think this is fundamental doctrine essential to salvation, and this is just my take on it.

It seems possible that cedar trees were more highly regarded than sycamore trees.

Isaiah 9:10 10 “The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with smooth stones; The sycamores have been cut down, But we will replace them with cedars.”


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