Saturday, November 26, 2016

Jesse Tree Readings Advent 2016



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 27
Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4
Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth
November 28
Adam & Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24
Symbol: Man & Woman, tree

November 29
Fall of Man/Original sin: Gen. 3:1-24
Symbol: Serpent, tree, apple

November 30
Noah: Gen. 6:5-22; 7, 8, 9:1-17
Symbol: Ark, animals, dove, rainbow

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

December 2
Jacob: Gen. 28:10-22
Symbols: Ladder, kettle

December 3
Joseph & his brothers: Gen. 37
Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat, bucket, well, silver coins

December 4
Joseph's Greatness: Gen. 41
Symbol: shock of wheat

December 5
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 7
Moses - Plagues: Ex. 5-12:1-36
Symbol: frog

December 8
Moses - Parting Sea: Ex 5-12:1-36
Symbol: parted sea
December 9
Moses receiving Ten Commandments: Exodus 19, 20, 24:12-18
Symbol: stone tablets
December 10
Moses water from the rock: Exodus 17:1-7
Symbol: staff
December 11
Samuel: 1 Sam. 3
Symbols: Oil lamp, candle lamp, temple
December 12
David Chosen King: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Symbol: sheep
David chosen king or Star of David coloring pages
December 13
David & Goliath: 1 Samuel: 17
Symbol: slingshot
December 14
Solomon's Wisdom: 1 Kings 2:1-6, 3:4-28
Symbol: Scales of justice, temple, two babies and sword, crown
December 15
Elijah's Contest: 1 Kings 18:3,21-39
Symbol: burning rock
December 16
Jonah: Jonah 2:1-2, 11 or entire book of Jonah
Symbol: Whale
December 17
Tobiah's Journey: Tobit 5, 6:1-9, 10:1-6, 11:1-15
Symbol: fish

December 18
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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