Jesse Tree – Day 2

First! A quick note for anybody with small kids that needs to hear this: combining the Jesse Tree devotional with the Advent calendar with its chocolate goodies seems to be a Big Hit with my kids. So, we’ll do the scripture reading and then all the kids get chocolate.

So, let’s just say our official Advent calendar looks a little bit like this now:

The official Advent calendar -- revised!
Notice the placement of the Jesse Tree ornaments, haha. I’ll let them play with the ornament during the reading and then the ornament goes up when the sock gets emptied. Win!

Also, I shipped some books today (mwhahaha, yes, here’s an obligatory link to my shop where I am personally selling my books for Advent!) and guess what? Apparently, the post office nearby actually gives lollipops to small children. And so, thank you for getting books. 🙂 And, my kids appreciate it as well!

Anyway! Onward with the Jesse Tree devotional!

This is the next ornament:

Why, yes, I strategically placed my cat in the photo! World, meet Buddy. Buddy, meet the world.

As you can see, the symbol for today is the world. So, as you might guess, the story is about Creation.

Now! I read a very much abbreviated version to my kids, since I have very squirmy kids, ages five and under, who do not have the greatest attention span… to put it mildly.

But, I have about five million religious artworks of Creation in my stash. And so let’s illustrate this scripture, shall we? 🙂

Creation, Illustrated!

NABRE

Genesis 1

1In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth—2 and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters—3Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light.

Creation of Light, by George Richmond, c. 1826. Tate, London, United Kingdom.
Creation of Light, by George Richmond, c. 1826. Tate, London, United Kingdom.

NABRE

Genesis 1

4God saw that the light was good. God then separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” Evening came, and morning followed—the first day.6Then God said: Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other. 7God made the dome, and it separated the water below the dome from the water above the dome. And so it happened.

The Creation, by James Tissot, c. 1896-1902. Jewish Museum, New York, New York, United States.
The Creation, by James Tissot, c. 1896-1902. Jewish Museum, New York, New York, United States.

NABRE

Genesis 1

8God called the dome “sky.” Evening came, and morning followed—the second day.9Then God said: Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin, so that the dry land may appear. And so it happened: the water under the sky was gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared. 10God called the dry land “earth,” and the basin of water he called “sea.” God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said: Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it. And so it happened:

Creation of Plants Icon, c. 15-16th centuries. Private collection.
Creation of Plants Icon, c. 15-16th centuries. Private collection.

NABRE

Genesis 1

12the earth brought forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree that bears fruit with its seed in it. God saw that it was good. 13Evening came, and morning followed—the third day.14Then God said: Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the seasons, the days and the years, 15and serve as lights in the dome of the sky, to illuminate the earth. And so it happened:

God Creating the Sun, the Moon and the Stars in the Firmament, by Jan Breughel II, c. 17th century. Private collection.
God Creating the Sun, the Moon and the Stars in the Firmament, by Jan Breughel II, c. 17th century. Private collection.

NABRE

Genesis 1

16God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night, and the stars. 17God set them in the dome of the sky, to illuminate the earth, 18to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good. 19Evening came, and morning followed—the fourth day.20 Then God said: Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures, and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky. 21God created the great sea monsters and all kinds of crawling living creatures with which the water teems, and all kinds of winged birds. God saw that it was good, 22and God blessed them, saying: Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth.

God the Creator, by Gaspar Miguel de Berrio, c. 18th century. Museo de Charcas, Sucre, Bolivia.
God the Creator, by Gaspar Miguel de Berrio, c. 18th century. Museo de Charcas, Sucre, Bolivia.

NABRE

Genesis 1

23Evening came, and morning followed—the fifth day.24 Then God said: Let the earth bring forth every kind of living creature: tame animals, crawling things, and every kind of wild animal. And so it happened:

Creation of the Animals, by Jan Brueghel II, c. 1678. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany.
Creation of the Animals, by Jan Brueghel II, c. 1678. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany.

NABRE

Genesis 1

25God made every kind of wild animal, every kind of tame animal, and every kind of thing that crawls on the ground. God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth.27God created mankind in his image;in the image of God he created them;male and female he created them.

The Creation of Eve, by Miguel de Santiago, c. 17th century. Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Bogota, Columbia.
The Creation of Eve, by Miguel de Santiago, c. 17th century. Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Bogota, Columbia.

NABRE

Genesis 1

28God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth. 29 God also said: See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on all the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; 30and to all the wild animals, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the earth, I give all the green plants for food. And so it happened. 31God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed—the sixth day.

Adam and Eve in Paradise, by Jan Brueghel the Younger, c. 1650. Private collection.
Adam and Eve in Paradise, by Jan Brueghel the Younger, c. 1650. Private collection.

NABRE

Genesis 2

1Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed. 2 On the seventh day God completed the work he had been doing; he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken. 3God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation.

God Rested on the Seventh Day, c. 1550. Museum of Russian Icons, Moscow, Russia.
God Rested on the Seventh Day, c. 1550. Museum of Russian Icons, Moscow, Russia.

…and that’s all for the day!

Tune in tomorrow to see what happens next… though, fair warning! Satan might appear tomorrow… 😮

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of three, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer

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