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!
If you’d like some gorgeous hand-made ornaments made of wood, be sure to take a look at these:
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Never heard of a Jesse tree before. Thanks for the idea.
Aww – look at those cuties putting together that cute Jesse Tree! Pinning your post in case others would like to use your ideas and list of scriptures. Thanks!
LOVE the focus on Christ at Christmas time =) I made up my own ‘Advent Tree’ that we have done the past few years. Thanks for sharing what you guys do with us all at Trivium Tuesdays!