Alexander The Coppersmith, A Questionable Man At Work

Men At Work – Down Under (Solid Gold) (1983) Men at Work were an Australian rock band formed in 1979 and best known for their 1981 hit “Down Under”. Their founding mainstay was Colin Hay on lead vocals and guitar. After playing as an acoustic duo with Ron Strykert during 1978-79, he formed the group with Ron Strykert playing bass guitar, and Jerry Speiser on drums. They were soon joined by Greg Ham on flute, saxophone, and keyboards and John Rees on bass guitar, with Ron then switching to lead guitar. The group was managed by Russell Depeller, a friend of Colin Hay, whom he met at Latrobe University.


Most pure metals, like aluminium, silver and copper, come from the Earth’s crust.


A coppersmith, also known as a brazier, is a person who makes artifacts from copper and brass. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. The term redsmith is used for a tinsmith that uses tinsmithing tools and techniques to make copper items.

Anthropologists believe copper to be the first metal used by humans due to its softness and ease to manipulate. In antiquity, copper’s durability and resistance to rust or corrosion proved valuable. Copper’s relationship with man is thought to date back over six thousand years.

Most coppersmiths can create, from a pattern, copper wares from a sheet of tin. They can also repair, clean and re-tin copper cookware interiors. Some cooper smiths make barrels.Some coppersmiths will specialize in specific forms or items, such as a particular type of biscuit oven or mug or kettle. In the 1700 and 1800’s, coppersmiths typically had a few apprentices in various stages of learning the trade working together.

III Tradesmen occupy a noble occupation, and are known for their high degree of character, personal honesty, and excellent quality of work. The trades go back to the book of Genesis.

Genesis 4:22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

22 As for Zillah, she also gave birth to Tubal-cain, the forger of all implements of bronze and iron; and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. (MacArthur note on Tubal-cain: “He invented metallurgy.”)


metallurgy (usually uncountable, plural metallurgies)

The science of metals; their extraction from ores, purification and alloying, heat treatment, and working.


Metallurgy, art and science of extracting metals from their ores and modifying the metals for use. Metallurgy customarily refers to commercial as opposed to laboratory methods. It also concerns the chemical, physical, and atomic properties and structures of metals and the principles whereby metals are combined to form alloys. It is generally agreed that the first known metals were gold, silver, and copper,


Let’s consider a man of the metal trades. He was probably highly qualified in the duties of his trade, but may have been lacking in the areas of life that relate to honesty, character and respect for God.

2 Timothy 4:14-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (Paul’s letter to Timothy)

14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.

Comments. (MacArthur)

4:14a. “Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm.” (Alexander may have been an idol maker. He did a lot of harm to Paul. Alexander opposed Paul’s teaching, and may have had a lot to do with Paul’s arrest.)

4:14b. “May the Lord repay him.” (Paul left vengeance in God’s hands.)

4:15a. “Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.” (God will repay, but we should be on guard against attacks.)

4:15b. “he vigorously opposed our teaching.” (Any attack on the ministry of Paul and Timothy, was an attack on God.)

VII Let’s consider a tool that is made by metal workers, “a hammer.” Let’s consider how hammers should be used, and how hammers should not be used.

VIII Let’s consider what can happen when hammers are used honorably and properly. If properly used, hammers can be an important tool in the construction of houses, and other structures.

IX Let’s consider how hammers should not be used. When hammers are not used in an honorable manner, the following can result (Remember Paul’s counsel to Timothy.). Click onto the following link to see an article about a woman who ordered phones to be destroyed by hammers. Is the person who ordered the phones to be destroyed, “honorable?”


Note. It is only because of censors that I have to write in such a protective manner.

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