Isaiah 11: 1-2 reads: “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; From his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.”
The Goodness Fruit Stand created our own “Jesse Tree” after researching these verses from the book of Isaiah. We collaborated to create our Jesse Tree to depict the figures and symbols that began with the “shoot of Jesse” and ended with the birth of Jesus.
In the old days, in the front of any family Bible, a record was kept of that family’s history. Over the course of generations, those facing lines spread outwards, like branches and twigs from a single trunk. That is why we call such a record a “family tree”.
Jesse Trees were depictions of the lineage of Jesus and would have been seen in churches. Many were carved of wood, stone, or were made of stained glass. Jesse Trees were Bible story books for the people in olden days.
We measured this wall, and t it was 8 feet, 2 inches from the floor to the ceiling. Then we decided to take that measurement and break it apart into lengths for each part of our Jesse Tree. We decided that the trunk needed to be 6 feet tall, since it is the main part of the tree. Then, we decided that the “stump”- earth and root system should be about two feet tall and about 3 feet wide. We decided to paint roots, soil, mole, and worms, since they are underground animals. Then we made branches that were anywhere from 1 foot to 3 feet long. We created leaves, blossoms, and fruits as well. We cut out symbols and the scriptures that described each symbol to add to our tree.