This is my second day in a row that I missed last year, so from scratch it is! I actually did not “miss” this one, I had asked Joel’s mom to come up with it for us because they were joining us for dinner. She and I got mixed up in messages and she semi repeated the same story I told with Abraham – the number of stars and then again with Jacob – sand of the earth. So the kids were a little confused. There are many different symbols out there to use for the Jesse Tree and yours may not be the same as mine, which would mean tailoring these devotions to match yours.
I am away today taking a day “off” from life and shopping with my aunt. I asked Joel to make sure and post this for me before 4pm – hoping he did!
Jesse Tree Advent Day Seven (Jacob and the Number 12 Symbol)
Revelation 5:5 “Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Abraham and Sarah’s son Isaac grew up, married, and had twin boys. The younger twin was named Jacob, and he had twelve sons. As time went on God made a promise to Jacob, just like He made to Jacob’s grandfather Abraham. When God made this promise He changed Jacob’s name to Israel. God promised Jacob that he would be the father of a great nation, and have many decedents from his twelve sons.
These twelve sons names were Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulum, Joseph, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. These names were used to name the tribes of Israel, from each son came many decedents.
This story is an important stop along the way of the Jesse Tree journey. As we read at the beginning in Revelation Jesus is referred to as “the Lion from the tribe of Judah.” Christ’s heritage can be traced all the way back to Jacob’s son Judah. God’s promise of a nation that would bless all people of earth, came true through the decedents of Abraham’s grandson Jacob!
What did you think it would be like to grow up in a family with 12 children?
It took a very long time for God’s promise to come true. Have you ever had to wait a very long time for something you wanted?
Let’s pray together and thank God for His plan to gift us Jesus.