God has a special place in His heart for independent businessmen. As I looked over scripture and scratched the surface a wee bit this became glaring. For a few instances notice Gideon, a farmer attempting to keep more of the fruits of his labor from the rapacious Midianite tyrants. God selected a militarily untrained farmer to lead Israel to a great victory.
Noah was into Vineyards, and suffered terribly when he imbibed too much of the fruit of his vines. David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, was from a family of sheepherders.
In the New Testament we are hit immediately with the person of Joseph, a carpenter running his little carpenter shop and succeeding to the point of owning his own donkey, the ancient equivalent of a small pick-up truck. Probably used. That he was enamored with his “hoofs” (Wheels) is subtly presented in paintings of Mary riding the donkey. Joseph obviously did not trust her to drive as he is always holding the lead. Smart, independent businessmen take tender care of their equipment.
To such people the Lord entrusted victory over great odds, His greatest Old Testament Prophet, Samuel, and His Leadership, David and Solomon, His message of redemption and finally, His only begotten Son. He saw fit for Messiah to be born in the stable of an independent Inn Keeper.
Galatians 4:4, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son,”
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