Family Jesse Tree Study – December 12

Welcome to our family Bible study focused on preparing our hearts for Christmas. The Jesse Tree is the family tree of Jesus (see Matthew 1 and Luke 3 for a complete genealogy of Jesus). All along its branches are men and women of God who have incredible stories to share and from which we can glean a deeper understanding of faith and build a stronger relationship with God. God orchestrated these people and stories for a reason — to point us to His Son Jesus who comes to save us once and for all.

For this study, we encourage you to read, reflect, and journal on these scriptures on your own and then find a good time with your family to do this devotion together.  Below is the NIV version of today’s reading followed by a devotion, discussion question, and prayer taken from “Jesse Tree Family Devotions” by the Reformed Church in America, then below that is a SOAP journal note from one of our study leaders. For printable ornaments to make your own Jesse Tree, see: If you’re doing this study with smaller kids, consider using a children’s Bible to share the stories, or use the shorter version of the scripture provided in parentheses. For older kids, consider introducing them to the SOAP method of journaling through this study.

We hope you join us in this study, and please share how it’s going, your favorite Christmas traditions, and prayer requests in the Comments section on our website.

1 Samuel 16:1-13 – David

Samuel Anoints David

16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”
The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”
Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”
Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”
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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.
Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”
13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.


hornGod has a plan for you. Even when we are young, God sees into our hearts and knows what kind of people we are and what kind of people we will be. 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 poured oil on David’s head and anointed him as the future king of Israel. God has a plan for each of us. Not many of us will be rulers, but each of us can serve God in important ways. It’s important to listen for God’s call and to find ways to honor God in our lives.


How can you honor God in your life?


God of wisdom, guide us to serve You.


David’s Secret Weapon | Becky Newman


1 Samuel 16:13


I got to hear a sermon on this passage over Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law’s church in the Ozarks, and through it, God showed me some things I never saw before in this story, something particular that is the biggest reason David became known as a great king for God. It’s revealed right here in verse 13. Yes, David had a heart for the Lord that put him a step above his brothers in the choosing of the next king (verse 7), and yes, Jesse could trace his lineage back through all the right characters we’ve looked at in the lineage of Jesus, but David was given a secret weapon — the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. I believe it’s the Holy Spirit who acted through him in playing the lyre calm Saul’s evil spirits (1 Samuel 16:14-23), who gave David courage and strength to stand up to and defeat Goliath (1 Samuel 17),  who made Goliath fall forward bowing before God in death though the laws of physics say he should have fallen backward since he was struck in the forehead (1 Samuel 17:49), and who protected David from all of Saul’s attempts to kill him (1 Samuel 18-31). A great man cannot move mountains on his own, but if he allows the Spirit to have power in his life, he can do anything.


I’ve always read the story of David as a man after God’s own heart whom You blessed for his devotion to You. But I’ve missed this key, that You put the Holy Spirit in him to guide him and protect him and grow the fruit of the Spirit within him that we get to see in beautiful heartfelt verse in the book of Psalms. These heroic stories that make him seem larger than life are because of the power of Your Spirit working in him. That is a gift You give me too, and to everyone who believes in Jesus. Your Spirit is alive in me and ready to show Your awesomeness. I just need to let You and obey.


Lord, help me to let Your Spirit work through me as David did. Your Spirit is powerful and good, and I am weak, but Your Spirit works best then. I am not just a woman after Your heart, I am a woman of faith under the power and authority of Your mighty hand, ready to move mountains.

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