We have been blessed to own a Property Management business. I have often wondered after doing this for many years what kind of house would Jesus want to live in if he could have had the choice.
Here is an ad from the Salvation Chronicles:
For whom? The Messiah
Type: 2 Story made out of stone with open roof. Mark 2:3-5
Bedrooms: 1 (Needs a place to rest his head) Matthew 8:20
Kitchen: Full with all appliances especially a microwave for quick meals
Pantry: Large enough to hold food to feed 5,000 (5 loaves and 2 fish) Matthew 14: 13-21
Media Room: Get the message out. Matthew 28:19
Dining Room: Large enough for 12 guests. Luke 22:1-23
Laundry: The River Jordan
Garage: No (Walks everywhere)
Wine Cellar: (no) Uses water from kitchen sinks (John 2:1-11)
Closets: (minimal) Personal appearance not an issue
Garden: Prayer time (Matthew 26:36)
Courtyard: Activity center for weddings, receptions and family gatherings
Workshop: Carpentry business (Mark 6:3)
Location: Subdivision: Jerusalem Heights
Near schools: Loves children (Matthew 19:13-15)
Churches: Teaches Sunday School
Shopping: Sandal and Cloak Shop
Typical housing in Jesus day consisted of one long room in the front and one right behind it. This was a result of the tents that were used prior to this time. Housing developed bringing about villages. Most homes had a courtyard with small rooms off of it and very few windows. Most windows were built on the second floor for a number of reasons. It was safer, and weather played a big factor. The houses were supported by wooden beams from one wall to the other. Inside was constructed out of clay or plaster and often decorated depending on your family income.
A ladder was built leading up to the roof which was often used for sleeping when the weather was warm or for drying food. The rooms were usually small and dark so the roof and windows offered light.
Some used it for bathing; we all know who did that! (2 Samuel 11:2-4)
Jesus made use of the hole in the roof when they lowered the paralytic down to be healed. I wonder how often that happened.
The Courtyards had various uses. A Mikveh was like a pool of clean rainwater used for ritualistic cleansing. There was a cooking area with a fire and often a place to store utensils. A covered area was built for animals. An open patio served as the center of activity for fun and festivities.
Only the well –to-do had furniture like beds and chairs. Most sat or slept on cushions on the floor. Joseph of Nazareth was most likely as much a builder as carpenter since furniture was not in great need at that time.
Once Jesus began his ministry his life became almost nomadic. He and his disciples left their families and friends to spread the gospel. They didn’t have a Holiday Inn on every corner or a Chrysler 300 to cruise around in. Forget the specials at the local Applebee’s or even a burger and fries; food was not packaged in the grocery stores for a quick pickup after a hard day of preaching.
Life is hard enough without having a home to go to and that soft pillow to lay your head upon.
I guess in a way you could say Jesus became homeless but he knew his life as a peasant was temporary.
His palace was already built awaiting his arrival.
Oh, and one more thing. This palace of his is decorated with a pillow lined, golden chair that no one else has ever sat in but him. The throne built only for the Messiah.