I was recently introduced to a book entitled Anointed for Business in which author Ed Silvoso contends that we underestimate the importance of Jesus’ primary trade and earthly profession. Silvoso explains that Jesus would have been educated in carpentry during his early teenage years, so by the time of his baptism he would have been working at this profession for some time. “He was not a mere apprentice, but a well-established artisan,” Silvoso writes. He continues by saying, “I suspect that many of his neighbors ate at tables made by Jesus and secured their home with doors built in his shop. Their houses could have had beams cut and fit by the Savior. Even some of their oxen may have worn Jesus-made yokes.”
Jesus likely would have run his carpentry business at a profit in order to ensure its survival and help provide for his family. Silvoso comments, “His daily business routine likely included the calculation of the cost of goods and labor, the interplay between supply and demand, the establishment of competitive pricing, the measurement of potential return on his investment, the estimation of maintenance costs and the replacement of equipment. Even though it may be unusual, even uncomfortable, for us to picture Jesus working to make a living, this is precisely what he did for most of his adult life.”
Jesus, the very Son of God, was a hard-working business owner. As such, I believe that he uniquely understands the plight of the poor in southern
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Wishing you good work and blessings,