Jesse Tree (December 23)

December 23rd

Symbol:


A Star

 

 

Scripture Reading:

Matthew 2

Main Ideas:

The story of the Wise Men is where our tradition of giving gifts on Christmas comes from, isn’t that neat?

I love the fact that God’s truth was blared from the heavens to “wise” men from another country.  God is there to be found if we seek Him, is He not?  Pray that He would give us and our loved ones faith to seek Him and find Him!

This year our family watched a really neat documentary called The Star of Bethlehem.  I highly recommend it!  (Although I LOVED this movie, I do not recommend using it as a witnessing tool.  The Word of God is enough to tell the Truth of the gospel, and there’s enough question about the science of tracking the star of Bethlehem that I just wouldn’t use the movie as a way to introduce my friends to Christ.  I do think the movie stirs wonder within those who are already believers — it just makes sense that our God would have everything so clearly spelled out in the sky!)

For Discussion:

  1. What attributes of God did you see in today’s story?
  2. How many wise men are mentioned in the scripture?
  3. What did the wise men do when they found Jesus? (They worshipped him and gave him very valuable gifts.)
  4. Who do you think gave Herod the idea that he should kill the baby Jesus? (Satan did that.)
  5. Why did Satan not want Jesus to live? (Satan didn’t want Jesus to save people. He is a murderer and will always oppose God’s plan to save people.)
  6. To what country did God tell Joseph to take the baby Jesus and his mother? (God told them to flee to Egypt.)
  7. When they returned to Israel from Egypt, what prophecy from the Old Testament was fulfilled? (An Old Testament prophet said that the Savior would come out of Egypt.)
  8. What other prophecy was fulfilled in today’s narration? (The prophecy that the Savior would be born in the town of Bethlehem.  And the last verse speaks of Jesus’ family moving to Nazareth, because another prophecy said Jesus would be called “a Nazarene.”)

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 24th, 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 onebeggarsbread@gmail.com for details about getting a copy.

*CRI’s Jesse Tree Scripture Reading List

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