Jesse Tree (December 4)

December 4th

Symbol:


A Rainbow or Noah’s Ark

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 6, 7 and 8 (if you have small children, you may consider reading this passage through yourself 3-4 times and then simply telling the story in your own words!)

Main Ideas:

God is holy and He judges sin.  This is a hard concept to grasp in our easy-going, “tolerant” culture.  God told Noah how to build the ark, and sent the animals to the ark Himself.  God took care of those who entered the ark, even through a turbulent storm and many days of being stuck in the ark.

Discussion Questions (these questions were taken from The Story of God and Man*):

  1. What did you see of God’s character and attributes in today’s narration? (God judged the evil people who did not believe Him. From this we see that God is holy and righteous. He demands death as the penalty for sin.  God judged the evil unbelieving people, but had mercy and gave grace to Noah. God is over all and the ruler of all.  God saved Noah and his family. This shows us that God is merciful and gracious to sinners.)
  2. And what do you see about man’s condition in this narration? (All the people were increasingly wicked and unbelieving (except those to whom God gave His grace). All men are sinners and in need of a Savior. We cannot save ourselves.  Noah believed and obeyed God, and he was saved. From this we learn that man can approach God only by God’s specified way, and that only by faith one can please God and be saved)
  3. What were the people like in the time of Noah? (They were very evil.)
  4. What about Noah? Was he a sinner too? (Yes.)
  5. How do we know that even Noah was a sinner? (We know this because Noah inherited a sin nature from his forefather Adam, just like all of us.)
  6. Did God allow Noah to build the ark any way he wanted? (No, God explained to Noah every detail about building the ark.)
  7. Why did God bring the flood on the earth? (It was His judgment on those who didn’t believe Him and repent. God is holy. He cannot stand sin. He said that the result of sin is death.)
  8. Did God have the authority to destroy all those people and animals? (Yes. He has all authority over everyone and everything because He is their creator.)
  9. How did those who were saved go into the ark? How many ways were there into the ark? (They went in through the one door, so that they would be saved.)
  10. Who shut the door? (God shut it.)
  11. Did anyone outside of the ark live? (No. Anyone outside of the safety of the ark died. Only those who had gone through the one door lived.)

For more information on the tradition of using a Jesse Tree for Advent, please visit this Squidoo page!

For yesterday’s reading, click here.

To proceed to December 5th, click here.

For access to all the Jesse Tree readings, click here.

Resources used for this study:

* Christianity is Jewish

* The Story of God and Man a booklet that goes through “narrations” of scripture, starting at the beginning, and brings you through a biblical worldview while building up the story of our Savior.  Email me at onebeggarsbread@gmail.com for details about getting a copy.

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