When my daughters lived at home, we celebrated advent with a Jesse Tree. It’s an old accustom dated back to the medieval times. With symbols, the story of Jesus’ ancestry is told from Genesis to His birth, crucifixion, and resurrection.
Using this idea, I’m going to attempt to combine the Jesse Tree with the alphabet challenge.
A is for Adam
The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. (Genesis 3:6‐7)
God created all that was and is from nothing. And He saw that it was good. On the sixth day, He created man in His image. He called the man Adam and gave him dominion over all other creatures in the air, sea, and on dry land. Adam named the animals and loved them. But he was lonely. So God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep then formed a mate for him. Adam called her Eve. The couple enjoyed the perfect world God had created for them. They also enjoyed God’s companionship. He visited them every evening and walked through the garden with them.
God had given Adam and Eve one rule to live by—Do not eat from the tree in the center of the garden, which was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. All other vegetation was permissible for them. Nevertheless, Eve found the fruit of the forbidden tree enticing and the desire to be like God even more tempting. So Satan disguised himself as a serpent, luring Eve into eating the fruit. She, in turn, convinced Adam to join her. Immediately, they saw that they were naked and hid themselves from the Lord. Because of their disobedience, God cast them out of the garden. He cursed the serpent, the land, and the couple. At the same time, He promised to send a redeemer to rescue humans from the curse.
During the next 25 days, we discover the steps God took to fulfill that promise.
You can read the events of the creation and Adam and Eve’s fall in the first three chapters of Genesis.
How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that starts with the letter A?
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks