If you’re not sure what this Jesse Tree thing is about, or where to get the first few stories, click here:
And here is the next couple of stories to read through with your family so we’re ready to recap for Advent….
Thirteen: Ruth – Scripture: Ruth 1-4
An Israelite man took his wife, Naomi, and their 2 sons to live in a different land because there was no food around their home in Bethlehem. They found food in Moab and they lived there a long time. The 2 sons grew up and married women from Moab – one was named Ruth. Naomi’s husband and 2 sons died in Moab and Naomi decided to go back home to Bethlehem. Ruth decided to go with Naomi because she wanted to stay with her. She told Naomi, “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” In Bethlehem, Ruth found some grain for them to eat in a field nearby. The owner of the field said she could take the grain. His name was Boaz and he was a good man. He said he would marry Ruth and take care of Naomi for the rest of her life. Ruth and Boaz had children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and so on. Jesus came from their family many, many years later. And you know who Boaz’s mother was? Rahab – the lady who helped the Israelites defeat Jericho. Jesus’ family is made up of some very interesting people!
Think About: Was Ruth kind to Naomi? Was Boaz kind to Ruth?
Prayer: Thank You, God, for giving us chances to be kind to others and thank You for being kind to us.
Fourteen: Samuel Anoints David – Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Remember that Jacob gave a special blessing to Judah before he died – that someone in his family would one day be leader over all the others? Well, we’ve been reading all about Judah’s family. Rahab was Boaz’s mother and Boaz married Ruth. Boaz’s grandchild was a man named Jesse. That’s where the name “Jesse Tree” comes from. In Isaiah 11:1 the Bible says, “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse” and then it talks about a very important person who will be born into Jesse’s family one day. It all starts with Jesse’s son, David. Let’s learn about his story together. David was a shepherd who fought lions, loved to play the harp, and most of all loved God. The Israelite people really wanted a king to rule over them like the other people in Canaan. The first king was Saul, but he was not very good at following God, so God chose another man to be king. Can you guess who it was? It was David. David went through many hard times, and he didn’t always make good choices, but he loved God so much and was a good king for the Israelites. God made Jacob’s promise to Judah come true through David being king. And God made a special promise to David that someone from his family would have a kingdom that lasts forever.
Talk About: Who has a kingdom that lasts forever?
Prayer: Thank You, God, that you fit the good and bad in our lives together in Your own amazing ways.