Wallace Wattles 1860-1911
Part Two – The Real Jesus Christ
In the first place then, Jesus could not have been despised because He was a carpenter, or the reputed son of a carpenter. Custom required every Jewish Rabbi or teacher to have a trade. We read in the Talmud of Rabbi Johanan, the blacksmith, and of Rabbi Isaac, the shoemaker, learned and honoured men. Rabbi Jesus, the carpenter, would be spoken of in the same way. St. Paul, a very learned man, was a tent-maker by trade.
At that time and among that people, Jesus could not have been despised for His birth and station.
And he was popularly supposed to be of royal blood, being saluted as the son of David; His lineage was well known. The people who cried, “Hosanna to the son of David” knew that He was an aristocrat of the aristocrats; a prince of the royal house. He was not “lowly “in birth, nor was He supposed to be so. On this point I refer you to Matt.9:27; 15:22; 20:32; 21:19; Mark 21:47.