Carpenter's Gallery

Chapter 9

Mastery of the Impossible “Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.  Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endureth forever.” Psalms 111:11 ESV What quality does mankind have that God would choose to shape those who trust Him into the very special image of…

Chapter 8

Characteristics of Wood This chapter describes some of my thoughts about the characteristics of the material we are and how that affects the way the Craftsman approaches His work in our lives: Every natural man who is not saved relies on a “layer of bark,” which is a layer of pride, to protect himself.  When…

Chapter 7

The Craftsmanship of the Master “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10 In the last chapter we took a look at what the Master is carving in our lives.  In this chapter, we will discuss the craftsmanship…

Chapter 6

The Carvings of the Master “… I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”  Psalm 17:15b In the last chapter we established a theory for the meaning of the pleasant carvings.  In this chapter, we will take a closer look at the picture that seems to be depicted by each of the beautiful…

Chapter 5

What is That on the Wall? In the description of the temple, there were certain things that had carvings on them.  It is likely that these carvings were intended to have symbolic meaning.  The carvings were not the real thing, but were intended to portray something.  On the walls of the temple, there were four…

Chapter 4

The Walls Are Alive! “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house…”  I Peter 2:5 At first this verse seems to contradict our previous conclusion, that those who are saved are represented by the wood used in the temple.  This verse clearly says that we are like lively stones used to build…

Chapter 3

The Foundation The most important part of any building is the foundation.  A good quality foundation is necessary for a good quality building.  Without a foundation, the building has no stability; it will fall.   When we look at the story of the construction of the temple, we can sometimes draw parallels between Solomon and…

Chapter 2

Trees “And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.  And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.”  Mark 8:23, 24 Could it…

Chapter 1

The Architect’s Plan Principles of architecture. The temple as Solomon built it is more than a physical building.  It is an expression by our Creator of His perception of mankind.  “…ye are the temple of God…”  (I Corinthians 3:16)  Solomon’s temple was not a building devised by human intellect.    “Then David gave to Solomon…

The Discovery

As I walked among the giants, my eyes turned upward toward the tips of their lofty limbs, and my thoughts turned toward God.  It was a bright clear day, yet the sunlight filtering down, way down through soft fern-like branches, bathed the forest floor in a dark emerald light.  I paused to think of God…