Jesse Tree Outlines for December 12th-18th
(adapted for our toddlers from the RCA website and The Glorious Coming. The symbols and patterns used below are copyrighted by Reformed Church Press)
December 12th: God Chooses a King
1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV) But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
In Bible days, if you wanted to be king, “You did not have to be the richest or the cleverest (although that was always nice). You had to look like a king, which meant you had to be the tallest and the strongest. So you could carry the longest swords and biggest armor and defeat everyone.”(1) Most of the grown-ups who saw David thought he was just a kid who tended the sheep, but while David was still a child God chose him to be a king. God’s servant Samuel went to Bethlehem (David’s hometown), poured oil on David’s head, and anointed him as the future king of Israel. God chose David to be king because he was getting his people ready for an even greater King who was coming. He would not look like much at first. He would be born in a tumble-down stable in Bethlehem. Father, help us to remember that you choose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. Help us not to brag about our bigness but only about Jesus. Amen.
(1) From “The teeny-weeny… true king” in The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Zonderkidz, 2008), page 118.
December 13th: King David
Psalm 23:1 (NIV) The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
David was chosen by God to be king when he was a boy, he didn’t become king until he was thirty years old. David was a good king because God guided him and because David listened to God. Being a king is an important job. Kings must be wise and strong. They must do what is good for the people of their land. Sometimes David fought wars and made other hard choices, because kings must protect their people like shepherds protect their sheep. King David knew that God was his good shepherd. Lord, help us to trust you as our provider and protector. Watch over us and protect us, holy God. You are our true king. Continue Reading…