Ms 133, 1902


Ms 133, 1902

Fragments/Is Not This the Carpenter’s Son?


October 30, 1902 [typed]

Portions of this manuscript are published in MM 280-281, 310; 4MR 275. +Note

“Is not this the carpenter’s son?” [Matthew 13:55.] Ms133-1902.1

During the early part of His ministry in Galilee, Jesus visited the home of His childhood and youth. Upon the Sabbath He was requested to take part in the services at the synagogue. He “stood up to read, and there was delivered unto Him a roll of the prophet Isaiah.” [Luke 4:16, 17.] The Scripture which He read was one that was understood as referring to the Messiah: Ms133-1902.2

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me; because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to be captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” [Isaiah 61:1, 2.] Ms133-1902.3

Jesus explained the words of the prophet with such clearness and strength of reason that the inhabitants of Nazareth, who knew that He had never attended school, were greatly amazed. Ms133-1902.4

His friends in Nazareth had heard of the miracles that He had performed in the region round about. The praise that others gave Him had reached them and excited their curiosity. Because He had performed no miracle in their city, they were jealous. “If He has power to effect such cures,” they questioned, “why does He not exercise His power in His own country? If such cures can be wrought by a word or a touch from Him, there need be no afflicted or sick in Nazareth.” Ms133-1902.5

Jesus discerned the thoughts that were agitating the minds of the people. He answered their heart-questionings by the words, “Ye will surely say unto Me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And He said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.” [Luke 4:23, 24.] Ms133-1902.6

Jesus then referred them to the miracles of Elijah. “I tell you of a truth,” He said, “many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; but unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a women that was a widow.” [Verses 25, 26.] This widow was a heathen. Ms133-1902.7

“And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.” [Verse 27.] Ms133-1902.8

The Jews were proud and conceited. They regarded themselves as being peculiarly favored of heaven. The words of Christ excited them to feelings of rage and hatred; for they perceived that He applied the words of the prophecy to them. Ms133-1902.9

“They were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not His mother called Mary? and His brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?” [Matthew 13:54-56.] Ms133-1902.10


Heaven can heal every earthly sorrow. Ms133-1902.11


In His Word the Lord hath given special directions that must be taught to others in order to be obeyed fully. Ms133-1902.12


In all religious work, both words of reproof and words of encouragement are to be given by God’s faithful representatives. Ms133-1902.13


Parents should acquaint themselves with the Word, that they may know how to form habits of character in accordance with the will of God. The Lord desires to give parents a knowledge of the written Word. Ms133-1902.14


There is a world to save, and we gain nothing by cutting loose from those we are trying to help. All things may be lawful, but all things are not expedient. We have no right to do anything that will obstruct the light that is shining from heaven; yet by a wrong course of action we may imperil the work, and close the door that God has opened for the entrance of the light of His truth for this time. Ms133-1902.15