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Each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, we get out our “Jesse Tree” and begin our focus for the Advent season.
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What is a Jesse Tree?
Basically, a Jesse Tree is a way to teach how Jesus is the branch from the stump of Jesse (King David’s father).
Isaiah 11:1 says “Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.”
How to Use
Each day we study a different person or event from Biblical history which led to the birth of Christ. At some websites that are no longer available, I printed out pictures that represent what we’re studying. I laminated them and they are the “ornaments” which we put on our Jesse Tree each day. But, I found a couple of other options: Proverbial Homemaker has Jesse Tree Brick Challenge (Lego) with printable ornaments here (you can use coupon code PHChristmas40 to get 40% off!) and Love at Home has Jesse Tree Devotional Copywork with graphics you can cut out for ornaments here.
On the back of each printable ornament, I wrote which Scripture to read about each day, laminated them, and punched a hole to put a yarn tie through. I bought a tabletop artificial Christmas tree to put the “ornaments” on. I researched several different websites and came up with my own version of what we would study each day. Here it is:
Jesse Tree–My version
1. Tree Intro to Jesse Tree Isaiah 11:1-10, Jer. 23:5-6, I Samuel 16:1-13
2. Earth Creation Gen. 1 and 2
3. Apple The Fall Gen. 3
4. Ark Noah/Judgment Gen. 6:5-22, 7:17- 8:12, 8:20, 9:1, 9:8-9:13
5. Field of Stars Abraham/Covenant Gen. 12:1-7, 15:1-6
6. Ram Isaac Gen. 22:1-19
7. Ladder Jacob Gen. 27:41 28:22
8. Coat Joseph and Judah Gen. 44:33, 45, 49:10
9. Ten Commandments Moses Ex. 2:1 , 4:23, 12, 13:21-31, 19:1 , 20:20
10. Trumpet Joshua and Rahab Josh. 1:1-11, 2, 6:1-20
11. Sack of Grain Ruth book of Ruth
12. Crown Samuel (anointed kings) I Sam. 3:1-21, 7:1 , 8:22, 9:15- 10:9
13. Star of David David/Kingdom Established I Sam. 16:1-23, 17:58, II Sam. 5:1-5, 7:1-17
14. Temple Solomon/Temple Built 1 Kings 5:1-6, 6:11-14
15. Hot Ember Isaiah/Call to Holiness Isa. 1:10-20, 6:1-13, 8:11-9:7
16. Tears Jeremiah/Exile Jer. 1:4-10, 2:4-13, 7:1-15, 8:22 – 9:11
17. Wall Nehemiah Neh. 1:1 , 2:8, 6:15-16, 13:10-22
18. Dove John the Baptist Luke 1:57-80, 3:1-20, 7:18-30
19. Mom and Baby Mary Luke 1:26-38
20. Hammer Joseph Matt. 1:18-25
21. Stable Jesus is Born Luke 2:1-7
22. Shepherd’s crook Shepherds Luke 2:8-20
23. Star Magi Matt. 2:1-12
Other Versions of Jesse Tree
Of course, there are lots of different versions of the stories to tell and Scriptures to use for a Jesse Tree. I love the ornaments created by Gospel-Centred Parenting and their use of the Jesus Storybook Bible!
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