Saturday, November 28, 2015

Jesse Tree Readings Advent 2015


The Jesse tree is a symbol of Jesus' family tree.
It is based on this verse from the book of Isaiah, and is a way of teaching the Old Testament background for the coming of the Messiah, which is the first long "Advent."

"A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots"
- Isaiah 11:1

Our Jesse Tree which we use is from this kit.


We have also at times colored coordinating coloring pages.

Since every year the number of days in Advent is different, I tweaked previous years reading lists for this year. I have also changed it to better match this particular ornament kit, which meant deleting some significant Old Testament stories. There are various symbols for each story that will coordinate with multiple different ornaments. Here is a link to a calendar with additional daily activities for the Jesse Tree. Below each reading and symbols is a link to a coloring page that corresponds to the story.

November 29
Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4
Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth
November 30
Adam & Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24
Symbol: Man & Woman, tree

December 1
Fall of Man/Original sin: Gen. 3:1-24
Symbol: Serpent, tree, apple

December 2
Noah: Gen. 6:5-22; 7, 8, 9:1-17
Symbol: Ark, animals, dove, rainbow

December 3
Abraham: Gen. 12:1-9, 15:1-6
Symbol: Stars, torch, sword, mountain

December 4
Jacob: Gen. 28:10-22
Symbols: Ladder, kettle

December 5
Joseph & his brothers: Gen. 37
Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat, bucket, well, silver coins

December 6
Joseph's Greatness: Gen. 41
Symbol: shock of wheat

December 7
Moses as Prince: Ex. 1 & 2
Symbol: basket, baby in basket, river and rushes
Moses and the Burning Bush: Ex. 3
Symbol: burning bush

December 9
Moses - Plagues: Ex. 5-12:1-36
Symbol: frog, parted sea
Moses Parting Sea coloring page

Moses - Parting Sea: Ex 5-12:1-36
Symbol: parted sea

December 10
Moses receiving Ten Commandments: Exodus 19, 20, 24:12-18
Symbol: stone tablets
December 11
Moses water from the rock: Exodus 17:1-7
Symbol: staff
December 12
Samuel: 1 Sam. 3
Symbols: Oil lamp, candle lamp, temple
December 13
David Chosen King: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Symbol: sheep
David chosen king or Star of David coloring pages

December 14
David & Goliath: 1 Samuel: 17
Symbol: slingshot
December 15
Solomon's Wisdom: 1 Kings 2:1-6, 3:4-28
Symbol: Scales of justice, temple, two babies and sword, crown
December 16
Elijah's Contest: 1 Kings 18:3,21-39
Symbol: burning rock
December 17
Jonah: Jonah 2:1-2, 11 or entire book of Jonah
Symbol: Whale
December 18
Tobiah's Journey: Tobit 5, 6:1-9, 10:1-6, 11:1-15
Symbol: fish
Daniel and the Lion's Den: Daniel 6:1-29
Symbol: Lions
December 19
John the Baptist: Luke 1:5-25, 57-80
Symbol: sandal, Shell with water, river
December 20
Annunciation: Luke 1:26-38
Symbol: Angel
December 21
Visitation: Luke 1:39-56
Symbol: Mary
December 22
Joseph: Matt. 1:18-25
Symbols: Joseph, Carpenter's Saw, hammer, chisel, angle

December 23
Journey to Bethlehem: Luke 2:1-6
Symbols: manger

December 24
Jesus is Born: Luke 2:6-20
Symbols: baby Jesus

Epiphany - January 6
Visit of the Magi: Matthew 2:1-12
Symbol: shining star

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