The Jesse Tree: Day 1 through Day 6

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Hello, Mama readers!

I have changed the original post dramatically. I tried to keep it similar, but I just couldn’t. Here’s why. 

So here’s what I’m doing: I’m updating the order, symbolism, Scriptures, etc. And I’m only giving alternatives from The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones. And as I stated in the aforementioned link, we’re mainly following The Jesse Tree, by Geraldine McCaughrean. Pick your favorite for each day and enjoy!

Here are the first six days.

Day #1 – Introduction – The Jesse Tree

Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10

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Ornament: The Jesse Tree – This ornament can either show a stump or a tree. It’s important to have both the roots and the branches showing. 

Story: The Jesse Tree, “Introduction”, pages 8-9 / The Jesus Storybook, “The Story and The Song”, pages 12-17

Song: “Come, Thou, Long Expected Jesus” (Watch it here)

The point: Jesus was not only the Root of David, but the Branch. David called him LORD, yet was descended from David. Such a wonderful mystery!

Suggested activity:  1) Plant a seed and talk about roots and shoots as you do. 2) Make a list of people you feel really need to know about God’s love and care throughout the Christmas season and put the list up for the family to see as a reminder to pray for and look for ways to bless them.

Day #2 – Creation 

Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5, 26-27

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Ornament: The World (or the Sun & Moon) – This ornament can either show a stump or a tree. It’s important to have both the roots and the branches showing. 

Story: The Jesse Tree, “The Jesse Tree”, pages 10-11 / The Jesus Storybook, “The beginning: a perfect home”, pages 18-27

Song: “The Seven Days of Creation” (to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”)

On the first day of Creation the Good Lord gave to me… His light so we all could see.

On the second day of Creation the Good Lord gave to me… the sky up above and His light so we all could see.

On the third day of Creation the Good Lord gave to me…land, sea and plants, the sky up above and His light so we all could see.

On the fourth day of Creation the Good Lord gave to me…sun, moon and stars, land, sea and plants, the sky up above and His light so we all could see.

On the fifth day of Creation the Good Lord gave to me…birdies and fishies, sun, moon and stars, land, sea and plants, the sky up above and His light so we all could see.

On the sixth day of Creation the Good Lord gave to me…animals and people, birdies and fishies, sun, moon and stars, land, sea and plants, the sky up above and His light so we all could see.

On the seventh day of Creation the Good Lord gave to me…a day to rest…and…praise Him… (pretend to sleep)…animals and people, birdies and fishies, sun, moon and stars, land, sea and plants, the sky up above and His light so we all could see.

The point: Jesus is part of the godhead and as such, was present at Creation. He has always been.

Suggested Activity:  1) Create something special, cookies, an ornament, etc. and think about how special this thing is to you when you are done with your work. Think about how God felt after creating us. (I had already planned to make ornaments and have a baking day with the kids, but didn’t see this until I had already made plans.)

Day #3 – The Fall 

Scripture: Genesis 3:6-9, 14-15

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Ornament: The Forbidden Fruit and the Serpent – This ornament can be any variation of this theme. Last year I just had a red apple. This year I thought, “Maybe the forbidden fruit was purple??” Beside that, I wanted the serpent represented as well because the prophecy says that it is his head that Jesus would bruise.  

Story: The Jesse Tree, “Paradise Garden”, pages 12-15 / The Jesus Storybook, “The terrible lie”, pages 28-37

Song: “Satan is My Enemy” (Watch it here)  

The point: God had a plan for our redemption through Jesus from the very moment sin entered the world. In His punishment to the serpent, God prophesied of Jesus coming as our remedy.

Suggested Activity: Write a letter to God thanking Him for His plan of salvation for us.

Day #4 – The Flood 

Scripture: Genesis 6:5-8

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Ornament: The Rainbow or Ark – The actual book we’re following shows the ark instead of a rainbow. I had already made the rainbow so I kept it, but I like the idea of the ark because it represents God’s provision for the righteous. But, the rainbow is more colorful and represents His promise to us. (And, it’s just pretty.)

Story: The Jesse Tree, “A Boat Full of Animals”, pages 16-19 / The Jesus Storybook, “A new beginning”, pages 38-47

Song: “Arky, Arky” (Watch it here)

The point: Although God cannot stand sin and had to destroy it, He made a plan of deliverance from His wrath for the righteous.

Suggested Activity: I didn’t really find the activities suggested for this day to make sense. There were “parallels” drawn that were not parallels at all. I would suggest making a list as a family of as many promises of God that we can come up with and hang them somewhere prominent throuth the Christmas season (and beyond!)

Day #5 – Abraham’s promise 

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4, 7, 15:5

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Ornament: The Stars in the Sky – Later on there will be a single star, but this ornament shows the many, many that were shown to Abraham. I just got a glittery ball ornament and dotted it with a gold pen and it turned out really well. 

Story: The Jesse Tree, “Strange Visitors”, pages 20-22 / The Jesus Storybook, “Son of laughter”, pages 56-61

Song: “Father Abraham” (Watch it here)

The point: God promised that the whole earth would be blessed by Abraham’s seed (Jesus) and that his descendants would be innumerable like the stars in the sky.

Suggested Activity: Stargaze as a family and try to count the stars for a minute. Think of the enormity of God’s promise to Abraham.

Day #6 – The Sacrifice

 Scripture: Genesis 22:1-14

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Ornament: The Ram – Last year we used a sheep ornament that I had made in the 4th Grade. I decided to attempt to draw a ram this year. 

Story: The Jesse Tree, “A Test of Love”, pages 23-25 / The Jesus Storybook, “The present”, pages 62-29

Song:  “There is a Redeemer” (Watch it here)

The point: God asked Abraham to offer up his only son Isaac. Instead, God provided a substitute for Isaac, a ram. God offered up His only Son, Jesus, which provided the ultimate substitute for us.

Suggested Activity: As a family, come up with a list of 10 days the Lord has provided for you. Hang this in a place for you all to see it and remember, or place it under the Tree to represent His gift to us.

More to come!

 

Blessings and much love, 

Mama

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