Jesse Tree ~ Day 20

Day 20: Habakkuk; Be On Watch
Habakkuk 2:1

Though this video is definitely more geared towards adults, I was completely enthralled when first looking for videos on Habakkuk. This sounds an awful lot like the United States of America right now.

Father, thank you for keeping your promises. Thank you for loving this world more than we do and promising to deal with injustices.

Jesse Tree ~ Day 19

Day 19: Daniel; God Our Protector
Daniel 6

Honesty time. I can’t say that I would be as brave as Daniel. Though he certainly sets the example, I find it difficult to stand up for what I believe in – in the face of danger or ridicule.

God, help me to trust in you always, and not worry about what other people think. It is you that I aim to please, not man.

Jesse Tree ~ Day 18

Day 18: Jeremiah; The Ruined People
Jeremiah 9:1-11, 13:1-11

Sometimes we need basic illustrations to show us how our sin is effecting our lives and our relationship with God. In the later story – God tells Jeremiah to to buy a linen loincloth (like underwear)…

So imagine the Lord telling you this…. – go to Victorias Secret, and get some nice underwear….. Put them on, but do not wash them. Then go down to the Mississippi River and hide your undergarments there in the rocks.

After a long time… (the bible isn’t clear how much time this is) – go back down to the river and get your undies… you will see they are rotting and falling apart. Now the undies are good for nothing!

The Lord tells Jeremiah, “These wicked people refuse to listen to me. They stubbornly follow their own desires and worship other gods. Therefore, they will become like this loincloth – good for nothing. As a loincloth clings to a man’s waist so I created Judah and Israel to cling to me, says the Lord. They were to be my people, my pride, my glory – an honor to my name. But they would not listen to me.” – Jeremiah 13:10-11.

I need to self rot any pride away from me. I have pride in my own heart when I think my way is better, or easier than Gods.

Jesse Tree ~ Day 17

Day 17: Isaiah; Remnant Preserved
Isaiah 11:1-10

Today my side of the family celebrates Christmas! Merry Christmas!

A green Shoot will sprout from Jesse’s stump,
from his roots a budding Branch.
The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him,
the Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit that gives direction and builds strength,
the Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God.
Fear-of-God
will be all his joy and delight.
He won’t judge by appearances,
won’t decide on the basis of hearsay.
He’ll judge the needy by what is right,
render decisions on earth’s poor with justice.
His words will bring everyone to awed attention.
A mere breath from his lips will topple the wicked.
Each morning he’ll pull on sturdy work clothes and boots,
and build righteousness and faithfulness in the land.
A Living Knowledge of God

The wolf will romp with the lamb,
the leopard sleep with the kid.
Calf and lion will eat from the same trough,
and a little child will tend them.
Cow and bear will graze the same pasture,
their calves and cubs grow up together,
and the lion eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child will crawl over rattlesnake dens,
the toddler stick his hand down the hole of a serpent.
Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill
on my holy mountain.
The whole earth will be brimming with knowing God-Alive,
a living knowledge of God ocean-deep, ocean-wide.

On that day, Jesse’s Root will be raised high, posted as a rallying banner for the peoples. The nations will all come to him. His headquarters will be glorious.

God, our Lord and savior promises a kingdom of peace. Can you even imagine peace right now?

Jesse Tree ~ Day 16

Day 16: Elijah; The Lord is God
1 Kings 17:1-16, 18:17-46

I absolutely love this passage. Elijah a prophet of God was not afraid to tell others that their false belief in Baal would have no reward. He proposes that two bulls are to be sacrificed, and then challenges the people of Israel to come to Mount Carmel and see for themselves who the one true God is. The challenge: the people who believe in Baal- call on your gods, and prophets to light the bull on fire at the sacrificial alter , and I will call on the one true God, and we’ll see who’s bull gets light on fire first!

I mean – if there was ever a time for God to show up – this was it!

So the people of Israel call on Baal and nothing. So what does Elijah do? Taunts them saying, Oh, maybe you should pray louder – maybe he’s on vacation – or relieving himself. (Yes folks – this is in the Bible!)

Fast forward to Elijah’s turn, he says, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
Immediately the fire of the LORD flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The LORD—he is God! Yes, the LORD is God!”

Jesse Tree ~ Day 15

Day 15: David; Shepherd King
2 Samuel 5:1-5

At some point – I think churches and people deviate a bit on what exact reading goes with which exact day. There are multiple different readings that are scheduled for today, but I will stick with David; Shepherd King. David was a shepherd who was chosen by God to be King of Israel and to shepherd His people. Just as David was promised to the people of Israel, God promises us his son Jesus as a new covenant. Jesus, is our Shepherd and King. Thank you, God, for caring for us like a shepherd cares.