Is your family having fun starting to create their own Jesse Tree? In my previous Jesse Tree post I introduced you to the concept of the Jesse Tree and the first four Devotional Readings and ornaments you can make for the Jesse Tree. In this post I will share with you the next four ornaments and family worship readings.
DAY 5 THE STAR
Abram, lives in Ur, and the very God of the universe, makes Himself known to Abram there in Ur. He hands Abram no map. He just tells him to go to a land that He’ll show Abram. Would you go? There’s only mention of getting a glimpse of the land, no mention of actually getting it. While He’s there, God tells Abram he will be the father of a great nation — even though he and his wife Sarai are now too old to have children and they don’t have even one child! Would you believe? That Abram would one day have as many descendants as the stars in the sky. But Abram of Ur believes without hesitation in the God who doesn’t make mistakes, the God who can make a man out of the dust of the ground. And when God said that, through Abram, He would bless all the families of the world, God was talking about you, me, all the families on this rotating globe right now. God was talking about our Christmas gift right there and Abram believed the unimaginable, that through his promised family, God would send the crowning blessing of all the earth, that Jesus, that blessing God promised right from the beginning, that baby as small as a seed who would one day crush Satan and free us from the disease of sin. By faith, we believe! The Lord God’s about to appear to us.
Genesis 12:1-7 (NIV)
1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2,3 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing……… and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Day 6 – BABY ISAAC
The promise-keeping God who lets no word of His fall to the ground forgotten, He does everything in perfect time, and He sends a son to Abraham and Sarah, the couple renamed father and mother of many nations, just as He promised. And they name him exactly what God tells them: Isaac, laughter. for who would have thought that God would make this improbable impossible happen too and they laugh for joy. That God would send a promised child, a King, to be born in a barn feed trough! That He would crush Satan by laying out His own hand for a nail! That the Babe born under a star in Bethlehem would make us laugh wonder at amazing grace made into flesh and forever love that sets us free! God has made us the happiest people, and all the world sings at Christmas.
Gen 21: 5-7
5 Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born. 6 And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh. Everyone who hears about this will laugh with me. 7 No one thought that I would be able to have Abraham’s child, but even though Abraham is old I have given him a son.”
Day 7 THE RAM
“Take your only son,” says God. “Take your Isaac, the only true son of yours, the son whom you love, and do you love me more?” says the God who did not take but gave the Greatest Gift of His Son, His only begotten Son, the Son whom He loved. And again, Abraham, who left his country without a map but with a heart directed towards God, he rises first thing the next morning and, without hesitation, he heads towards Moriah. And Isaac carries the wood, like Jesus would one day carry the Cross, and the son lies down on the altar, the boy named laughter now still, and again God keeps His word and God provides a lamb. Isn’t that the gift we always need? The promised Christmas Child who is the lamb sacrificed instead of us .Ours is the God who always provides a ram in the thicket, whatever we need today,whatever is best for us, that even today the people might say, “The Father who tenderly loves His children provides us with grace upon grace,love upon love, gift upon extravagant gift.” Even His own Son.
Gen 22;12, 13
12 The angel said, “Don’t kill your son or hurt him in any way. Now I can see that you trust God and that you have not kept your son, your only son, from me.” 13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a male sheep caught in a bush by its horns. So Abraham went and took the sheep and killed it. He offered it as a whole burnt offering to God, and his son was saved.
DAY 8 THE LADDER
‘Tis the season to be going! Banquets and reunions, concerts , caroling and parties. The calendar squares nearly bulge with dates and times, people and places, and yet we read of a man, Jacob, running from home who slept on a stone and had a dream from God. Jacob saw a ladder, and Jesus, that Christmas Child coming to us, He alone is our ladder and we have no way to heaven but by the rungs of Christ. And God, He whispers to us this best gift of all: “I am with you and will protect you everywhere you go…. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” God is with us in this season of coming and going and God is with us in these places, though we know it not, at our tables and in our cars and down our street and in the unlikely, unexpected places, even in a place like the manger of a barn and we meet God today in a thousand places.
Gen 28: 12-16
12 Jacob dreamed that there was a ladder resting on the earth and reaching up into heaven,and he saw angels of God going up and coming down the ladder. 13 Then Jacob saw the Lord standing above the ladder, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your grandfather, and the God of Isaac…..and all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 I am with you and will protect you everywhere you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”16 Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, but I did not know it.”
I hope you enjoy making the next four ornaments for your Jesse Tree.