Jesse Tree (December 6)

December 6th

Symbol:

This statue was recovered from an archeological dig in the area of Ur of Chaldees at the time of Abraham.  Isn’t it amazing?  Either it was a common thing at the time for rams to get caught in thickets, or the story of Abraham and Isaac really got around.

Ram’s Horn or Ram

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 22 and Hebrews 11:17-19

Main Ideas:

The near-sacrifice of Isaac is a foreshadowing of the sacrifice our Heavenly Father would one day make by giving His son to die on a cross for our sins.  The ram was substituted for Isaac just as Jesus was the substitute for what we deserved

Discussion Questions (these questions were taken from Narration 10 in The Story of God and Man*):

  1. Did God really have the authority to tell Abraham to offer his child as a sacrifice? (Yes. God has all authority over everyone and every thing because He is their Creator. It was He who gave life to Isaac and it was He who had authority to take it.)
  2. Did Isaac deserve to die? (Yes. Isaac deserved to die because he was a sinner just his father Abraham and just like all of us.)
  3. Why did Abraham agree to tie up Isaac and why was he ready to kill him as a sacrifice? (Because God had promised that He would make Abraham into a large nation. Abraham knew that God cannot lie, and so he had solid faith in God. God’s Word tells us that he even believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead if he killed him.)
  4. Was it just good luck that they found the lamb caught in the bush? Where did the lamb come from? (It was not just good luck! God Himself placed the lamb there so that Abraham and Isaac would find it in the bush.)
  5. Apart from God, was there anyone else who could have saved Isaac? (No. Their only hope was God.)
  6. When they left home, and even when Isaac was tied there on the altar, Abraham’s only thought was that Isaac would die. But who died instead? (The lamb died instead of Isaac.)

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 7th, 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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