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Symbolic Meaning Of Carpenter’s Tools

Tools are implements used to modify raw materials for more perfect purposes, but can also be used to destroy what once was build. Tools can be used for good or bad. They are considered extensions of one’s hand. In science the word or drawings of the hands are often used to interpret the human mind. Because the hands are symbolic of the mind, tools are also used to express where things are made of thoughts and to increase man’s speed, power and accuracy in his expression of thoughts.

In Chapter 20 of The Aqurian Gospel of Jesus Christ we read of simple and symbolic meaning to the carpenter tools.

One day as he was bringing forth the tools for work he said,

13) These tools remind me of the ones we handle in the workshop of the mind where things are made of thought and where we build up character.
14) We use the square to measure all our lines, to straighten out the crooked places of the way, and make the corners of our conduct square.
15) We use the compass to draw circles round our passions and desires to keep them in the bounds of righteousness.
16) We use the axe to cut away the knotty, useless and ungainly parts and make the character symmetrical.
17) We use the hammer to drive home the truth, and pound it in until it is a part of every part. 18) We use the plane to smooth the rough, uneven surfaces of joint, and block, and board that go to build the temple for the truth.
19) The chisel, line, the plummet and the saw all have their uses in the workshop of the mind.
20) And then this ladder with its trinity of steps, faith, hope and love; on it we climb up to the dome of purity in life.
21) And on the twelve-step ladder we ascend until we reach the pinnacle of that which life is spent to build – the Temple of Perfected Man.

For a more detailed description of each tool and the personal application in your life, read “The Search for Him (PDF).” I also recommend a quick read of the Allegory of the Carpenter Tools.

Why is it that man can relate to the “hand tools” which he can see and yet not understand the “mind tools” that are by far more meaningful to his purpose? Could it be because the inner eye of his soul is still closed??

Master tools are never seen or heard; yet they are needed in structuring all immutable perfections and things of boundless worth.

In the material world, where all manifests can be seen, heard, tasted, touched or smelled, all things derive from the unseen. The world of the unseen is far more magnanimous than the one based upon human knowledge, yet it is the constitution of the physical world

Man uses tools every day. He uses these instruments to build by the patterns he sees and this; he calls progress. He can understand the power of a hammer, the cutting of a saw, measuring of the rule or circling of a compass. He knows the proper use of various tools will contour materials into a structure for his use. Tools are mechanisms, which are extensions of man, himself. He uses common tools to enhance the perceptible world according to requisites of his senses. Man has learned to make tools of the same Earth upon which he is also indigenous. He can readily identify with these physical tools, because he sees them or their products every day. “The Search for Him.”

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