Jesse Tree (December 12th)

December 12th


A Shepherd’s Crook

Scripture Reading:

1 Samuel 16:1-15; 2 Samuel 5:1-4; 7:1-28

Main Ideas:

Saul was bad news for the Israelites, but David was to be a shepherd for the people.

God doesn’t look at the outward appearance, but the heart.

Discussion Questions (lifted from the pages of The Story of God and Man:

  1. In what way was the first king, King Saul, different from the second king, King David?  (Saul followed his own desires; David believed God and loved Him so much that he wanted to obey Him.)
  2. What promise did God give to King David? (He said that one of David’s descendants would reign forever over an eternal kingdom.) (I looked this up to see what John Piper had to say about it, since the part of the future descendant “committing iniquity” made me question whether this prophecy was referring to Jesus.  Piper says that the prophecy is, like many Old Testament prophecies, referring both to events in the near future and the distant future, thus referring to Solomon in some ways and Jesus in others.  Here’s Piper’s sermon on the matter if you’d like read or listen.)
  3. What other promises does this remind you of?  (It reminds us of the promise that God made to Adam and Eve, and of the promise that He made to Abraham. These two promises, along with this promise to David, were promises about the Savior who would come to save people from the power of Satan, sin and death.)

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 13th, click here.

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

Main Resources used for this Jesse Tree 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 for details about getting a copy.


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