Originally Posted December 5, 2010
Here is part two of the Jesse Tree Advent for preparing for the celebration of Christ’s birth. You can see my other post here for Days 1-5.
Day 6- Jacob’s Ladder
- Symbol: a ladder
- Memory Verse: Genesis 28:15
- Hymns to sing: We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, Spirit of God Descend upon My Heart, Have Thine Own Way Lord
- Scripture: Genesis 28:10-17
- Devotion: Tell the children about the dream Jacob had. Jacob was Isaac’s son. He was taking a long journey to another country to find a new wife. Jacob felt alone and tired. He lay down on the ground used a stone for a pillow and went to sleep. He dreamed a strange and wonderful dream. He saw a ladder that reached way up to the sky. Angels were going up and down the ladder and God was standing at the top. Jacob was told that many wonderful things would happen to him because God loved him. From Jacob’s family, Jesus would come. When Jacob awoke, he knew that God was with him and he would never be the same again.
- Questions: Where was Jacob going? What did he see in his dream? What did God tell him?
Day 7 Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors
- Symbol: a colorful coat
- Memory Verse: Romans 8:28
- Hymns to Sing: Kum Ba Yah, If Jesus Goes with Me, It Is Well with My Soul
- Scriptures: Genesis 37:3-36; 50:18-21; Romans 8:28
- Devotion: If God loves us and takes care of us, why do troubles come? This question is something we cannot understand but we have a promise from God that He will use everything )even our troubles) for our good if we love Him. The Bible gives us a wonderful troubles, but all his troubles turned our for his good and for the good of many more of God’s people. Tell about Joseph’s coat of many colors and the story of him going out to find his brothers and their jealousy and anger over the dream he had had about his brothers bowing down to him. Tell how they wanted to kill him, but sold him as a slave instead! Tell how God allowed this to happen to Joseph for a greater purpose. Joseph became a great ruler in Egypt and when his brothers needed help he was able to take care of them. God was with Joseph throughout all of these happenings! Even though his brothers had been bad to him, Joseph was wiling to forgive them. God wants you to forgive others too just as Joseph did.
- Questions: Who was given a coat of many colors? Who gave him the coat? Did Joseph’s brothers like this? What did they do? Did Joseph hurt his brothers when they hurt him? Why is it important for us to forgive others? Can you think of someone you need to forgive right now?
Day 8- Moses and the Ten Commandments
- Symbol: a tablet with numbers
- Memory Verse: Psalm 119:11
- Hymns to Sing: Lord I Want to Be a Christian, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, Trust and Obey
- Scriptures: Exodus 32: 15-18, 20:1-20; Psalm 119:11
- Devotion: Discuss how God tells us how we should live through the Bible. Discuss how God gave commandments to the Israelites after they left Egypt. God wrote them on stones and gave them to a man named Moses who had been the leader in freeing the people from Egypt. Have the children name as many commandments as they can and go over the rest of them. God tells us to love Him and to always obey Him. It pleases Him when we obey him!
- Questions: What were the laws called that were given to Moses? Can you remember one of the rules on the stones? Why does He give us laws? Why does your family have rules for you?
Day Nine- Canaan the Promised Land of Blessings
- Symbol: a cluster of grapes
- Memory Verse: Psalm 103:2
- Hymns to Sing: God Is So Good, On Jordan’s Stormy Banks, Showers of Blessings
- Scriptures: Numbers 13:1-2, 17-23, 27: Psalm 103:2
- Devotion: Show symbol of grapes and ask what it is. Have you ever seen a bunch of grapes so big and so juicy that two men had to carry it? Read story in Numbers. Moses told 12 spies to go into the Promised Land. They found the grapes and brought them home for all their friends to see. God wanted to give His children all of these blessings, but the people were afraid to go into the land. God told them He would take care of them, but they listened to their own hearts and disobeyed. It took many years, but God was faithful in His promises. After forty more years, the children obeyed and God led them into the land of blessings. This is the way it is in our lives. God wants to give us many good things- if we will just let Him do it!
- Questions: Where does God want the children of Israel to go? Will the people obey God and do what God says? Does God want to give us blessings?
Day 10- Ruth and Boaz
- Symbol: a sheaf of wheat
- Memory Verse: Ruth 1:16
- Hymns to Sing: Praise Him in the Morning, Some Bright Morning, Come Thou Almighty King
- Scriptures: Ruth 1:16; 2:5-17; 4:14
- Devotion: Tell the story about Ruth. Ruth did not know God at first and she was not from Israel. Her husband dies, but she loved her mother-in-law so much she was willing to follow her to Bethlehem. There she began to love God. She wanted to take care of her mother-in-law and she worked in the wheat fields to her food for both of them to eat. This is where a man named Boaz saw her, and they were married. They had a child named Obed. One day a greater Child would come because of this marriage. Do you know His Name? (Jesus)
- Questions: Did Ruth love her mother-in-law? Did she learn to love our God? Where did she meet Boaz? Did she marry him?
Day 11 King David
- Symbol: a sling shot
- Memory Verse: Psalm 23:1
- Hymns to Sing: Only a Boy Named David, I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, The New 23rd
- Scriptures: I Samuel 16:1, 13; 17:1-9, 40, 45-50
- Devotion: Ask the children if they know who used a slingshot to kill a great giant in the Bible. It was David who was one of the greatest kings in the world. He started out as a shepherd boy, taking care of sheep. He was strong and good and God decided to let him be king over His people. Let’s see what happens in the Bible. (Read I Samuel 16:1, 13) God told Samuel to pour oil over David’s head so that David would know that someday he was going to be king. Tell the about the battle David had with Goliath while hw as still a shepherd boy. (Read I Samuel 17:1-9, 40, 45-50) The giant came to fight God’s people and everyone was afraid of Him except David. David knew that God’s spirit was with him and would take care of him. He didn’t take a gun but a small slingshot and with one stone Goliath and was hit and fell over dead. Later David became a mighty king because he obeyed God and did the things that pleased Him and through David Jesus was in the family line to be our King.
- Questions: Who did Samuel pour oil over to be king? What was David before he was king? Why was David not afraid of Goliath?
Day 12- Josiah Finds the Law
- Symbol: a scroll or bible
- Memory Verse: Psalm 119:105
- Hymns to Sing: The B-I-B-L-E, Break Thou the Bread of Life
- Scriptures: II Kings 23:1-3, Psalm 119:105
- Devotion: Right now God is pleased we are having these devotions. He is very pleased when we read our Bibles because the Bible is like a lamp to us. It shows us how to live and stay close to God. Long ago there was a boy named Josiah who became the king when he was only 8 years old. His father had been a wicked king and had made the people stop loving God and start worshipping idols. The people had even forgotten they had a Bible! Josiah wanted to serve God. One day Josiah sent some men to church to clean it up because the people had not been to church in a long time. They found the church in a mess, but they also found an old scroll. When Josiah opened the scroll he realized that it was God’s Bible that had been lost for a long time! Wouldn’t that be terrible to lose our Bible and not have it to read? He read that God would punish the people if they worshipped idols and not God. After the people heard this, they were sorry for their sins! They told God they would serve Him and would follow HIs Laws found in the Book. This pleased God very much!
- Questions: Who was Josiah? What did he find at church? Why does God want us to read the Bible?
Text taken from The Advent Jesse Tree book by Dean Meador Lambert