I debated about what picture I needed to include with this post to introduce our Jesse Tree study.
Should I go with some beautifully staged seasonal shot or a canned online photo? No… I wanted to be honest about what this study time looks like for me. This is it.
What is your study time going to look like?
I am praying for you as I type this. I want this time to be tender and sweet for you as you pull in, slow down, and savor our Bethlehem Savior…
Journey with me… to a stable…in Bethlehem.
Let’s listen as the Great I AM whispers through Old Testament passages.
Wait with me… for the promised One… the One who shatters the darkness…
Our Emmanuel… God with Us who heals the brokenhearted.
Take my hand…this walk should never be made alone. It’s always sweeter when we make it with friends.
This Advent let’s journey with the single purpose of seeing the promise of Jesus through Old Testament prophecies fulfilled, and let’s ponder the beauty of a family line that was full of messy, stubborn, broken humans.
Let’s sit with these Old Testament passages.
We need fresh eyes and hungry hearts.
Thirty days… I am so ready for Christmas…
DAY 1 – Jesse Tree – Isaiah 11:1-2
Context: In this passage in Isaiah, the children of Israel have been broken. They wandered from God. They had suffered under slavery and exile. Battered, weary, broken under the weight of their own sin, and surrounded by a wicked world, they were cut down. “A shoot will come out from the stump of Jesse and a branch shall grow out of his roots…”
The promise of One…
“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”
Out of the stump of Jesse’s family came One tender root… our Jesus.
When the world seems terribly unfair, when all hope seems lost, and it feels as though evil is winning our daily battles, hold on.
Hold on. When the forest is felled, Christ remains.
God, you have a plan for redeeming all things… Renew my hope. Give me the faith to keep trusting you. Strengthen me this Advent, through the study of your Word, and water my dry heart with your daily presence.