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                                                     Make A Jesse Tree
                                 Advent Learning Project

  The Jesse Tree is a  tree that may be set up in the home during the
  Advent Season. It is a wonderful learning project that teaches us the
 lineage of Jesus starting from Jesse.
  A small evergreen or a branch from any tree may be used. I used a branch
  from a tree and spray painted it white and placed it in a small flower pot
  anchored with the green stuff used by florists.
  The type of tree is not important.  What is important is the  type of
  decorations which are made to hang on it.

  Jesse was the father of King David. The lineage of Jesus is foretold in
  Isaiah 11 1,10 and in the geneologies of Jesus in Matthew 1:5-6 and
  Luke 3:22.

 
   "There shall come forth  from the stump of Jesse's tree, and a branch
  shall grow out of his roots.And the spirit of the Lord will rest upon him-
  the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of councel and might
  the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. He will delight in obeying the
  Lord. he will never judge by appearance, false evidence, or hearsay. He will
 defend the poor and exploited. he will rule against the wicked and destroy them
 with the breath of His mouth. He will be clothed in fairness and truth".

  When we make a Jesse Tree, we remember the family of Jesse and all the
  people through history who helped prepare the world for the coming of Jesus.
  When we think about each decoration and it's symbolismwit helps us recall each
  person and the role they played in God's perfect plan. The  ark is a symbol for Noah.
  David is represented by a harp, Jacob is a ladder, a lion is Daniel, Apple is Adam
  and Eve .

    Biblical References for symbols:

  Apple .......................................Adam and Eve  Genesis  3:15
  Ark............................................Noah   Genesis 6:8
  Lamb........................................Isaac  Genesis 22:1-19
  Knife.........................................Abraham   Genesis 22:17-18
  Ladder.....................................Jacob   Genesis 28:1-22
  Coat.........................................Joseph   Genesis 37:1-4
  Burning Bush...........................Moses   Exodus 3
  Harp.........................................David   I Samuel 16:14-23
  Crown......................................Solomon  Kings 1:22-48
  Whale......................................Jonah   Jonah 1
  Dove........................................Elisha   II Kings 5:1-27 (spirit of healing)
  Rose........................................Isaiah   Isaiah 35:1-2
  Heart........................................Ruth   Ruth 1:15-18
  Wheel......................................Ezekiel   Ezekiel 1:15-21
  Lion..........................................Daniel   Daniel 6:1-24
  Lily............................................Mary   Luke 1:26-28
  Hammer..................................Joseph
  Traditional Symbol
  Camel and Star......................Wisemen Matthew 2:1-12
  Chi Rho...................................Jesus
  Traditional Symbol (an X with a P through the middle of it)

  These are  few of the symbols depicting the prophets and ancestors in
  the heritage of Christ.  As you re-read the Biblical references mentioned,
  you will find more symbols to add to your own Jesse Tree. After the
  tree is completed and Christmas is over we put it away until next  year.
  While decorating it we take a few of the decorations each night and
  read the scripture relating to it.

  The complete book on how to make a Jesse tree can be found in my
  Christmas book store selections and ordered through
  Barnes and Nobel
 

 

  It is suggested that you have children draw and color the symbols, apply
  cotton balls to the lamb, matchsticks for the spokes of the wheel, glitter
  to the crown and star,  use your own imagination.  It's your family's
  Jesse Tree.

  Blessing of the Jesse Tree:
  So we have decorated our Jesse Tree.  It is covered with reminders of the
  ancestors of Jesus' family on earth.  It is a family tree.  We too are a
  part of the family of Christ.  How blessed we are and we dedicate it to Your
  Glory, O Lord.
 
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