Intro to Jesse Tree
Gen 1:1-31; 2:1-4
Fall of Man
Gen 2:4 – 3:24
Noah & the Flood
Gen 6:11-22; 7:17-8:12; 20:9-17
Tower of Babel
Tower w/ cloud
Abraham & the Promise
Gen 12:1-7; 15: 1-6
Dark cloud w/ stars
Isaac & the Offering
Bundle of sticks
Gen 37; 39:1-23; 50:15-21
Exodus 12:1 – 20:20
Joshua 1:1-11; 6:1-20
Shofar (Ram’s horn)
1 Sam 3:1-21, 7:1 – 8:22, 9:15 – 10:9
1 Samuel 16:1 -13
1 Sam 16:1-23; 17:1-58; 2 Sam 5:1-5; 7:1-17
1 Kings 3:5-14, 16-28
1 Kings 17:1-16; 18:17-46
Isa 1:10-20; 6:1-13; 8:11-9:7
Jer 1:4-10; 2:4-13: 7:1-15;8:13,8:22- 9:1-11
Hab 1:1-2:1, 3:16-19
Neh 1:1-2:8; 6:15-16; 13:10-22
John the Baptist
Luke 1:39-80, 3:1-20; 7:18-30
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Jesse Tree
This is a post from my first blog two years ago (sorry if it doesn't come through quite right....click on 'post' to read the original). There are so many Christmas traditions that I grew up with that I am now learning are not at all steeped in the true meaning of this special time of year. So, this year, my heart is searching the scriptures trying to only hold on to the traditions that will teach my children what this season is truly about....
OK – So, if you have read any of the other posts you will know that I am an overachiever. Like chemicals, you should really be careful what you mix "overachieverism" (is that a word?) with. It is highly reactive with crafting of any sorts…sewing, crocheting, stamping and I just learned….needlepoint. Last year, my dear friend, Mrs. P, at Homemadeatthefarm, introduced me to the concept of the Jesse tree. I didn’t manage to get it done last year, but this year I crafted all our ornaments. And, although we’re running a bit behind, we will be catching up in the next few days.
Like recipes that I cook, I of course couldn’t stick with the original scripture plan that Mrs. P gave me. I had to "tweak" it to my own. So, this is what I came up with after combining many different plans:
And, here are most of my ornaments. All the clay looking ornaments were crafted out of salt dough (I found the best recipe this year!). If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
This is the stump, the globe (crafted from felt), an apple ornament I found at Dollar General, Noah’s ark crafted from a walnut shell and felt and the tower of Babel (salt dough with felt cloud)
Bundle of sticks (Isaac), dark cloud with stars (Abraham), Josephs coat, burning bush (see detailed picture), door frame (passover) – there are popscicle sticks behind that it is glued to.
Heart (Solomon), Lamp (Samuel), Sheep (Jesse), Stone tablet (Ten Commandments), Raven (Elijah), slingshot (David)
Jacob’s ladder (crafted from 2 wooden skewers and toothpicks), hook (Habbakuk), Mary (crafted from old clothespiin wrapped in muslin), hammer (Jesse), stonewall (Nehemiah – see detailed picture later), sheaves of wheat (Jeremiah), shell (John the Baptist)
This is a detailed image of the burning bush. There is a channel that I stitched in it so that every year the kids can go gather a cedar twig to put in it.
This is the stonewall in the story of Nehemiah. And, yes, I molded and cooked each brick (can we say "over-achiever" together now?). I then glued each onto a piece of thin wood and used ModgePodge to seal them.
SOMETHING TO CHEW ON....
On another note, we spent Sunday evening with another family we are dear friends with in Glen Rose watching The Promise of Christmas. For those of you in the Central Texas area, I am sure you have heard of The Promise which is an outdoor performance of the story of Christ. This year they put together a play with a father and son looking for a Christmas tree that then leads in to the true story of Christmas. Although Sunday evening was slated to be a low of 21 degrees, we all bundled up in layers of clothes and enough blankets for a small army. It was truly an awesome thing to share with my family. However, there is one thing that stuck out to me for some reason. I can't explain why it bothers me, it will seem insignificant to most, but where did we get there were 3 wise men? This morning I spent over an hour in study trying to figure this out. The Bible never puts a number on it, but perhaps over time, since there were only 3 gifts mentioned (gold, frankincense and myrrh) we have adapted that to fit "our" story. And, it is THAT very thing that bothers me. I am feeling led to question most holiday traditions, not just Christmas, but Halloween, Easter, etc. How many of us do things just because it's the way we've always done? I am guilty, but I am beginning to question these things. Does ignorance make us less accountable to the Lord or is it a curtain to hide behind?