Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon?…
I. TO ILLUSTRATE THIS OBSERVABLE CIRCUMSTANCE OF OUR LORD'S LIFE. It was a maxim among the Jews, that every man should bring up his son to some mechanic trade.
II. TO SUGGEST SOME USEFUL REMARKS FROM THIS OBSERVABLE CIRCUMSTANCE OF OUR LORD'S LIFE.
1. A person's original, his business and circumstances in life, often occasion prejudices against him: against his most wise, useful, and instructive observations.
2. Such prejudices are very absurd, unreasonable, and mischievous.
3. The condescension of the Son of God in submitting to such humiliation, demands our admiration and praise.
4. The conduct of our Lord reflects an honour upon trade, and upon those who are employed in useful arts.
5. This circumstance in Christ's life furnisheth all, especially young persons, with an example of diligence and activity.
6. Persons may serve God and follow their trades at the same time.
Parallel VersesKJV: Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.