Saturday, December 7, 2013

Jesse Tree - Day 7: Jacob

Day 7 of our online Jesse Tree is to help us prepare for Christ's coming by studying His roots and Salvation History.

My source for days and symbols is Catholic Culture.

Day 7: Jacob

Symbols: kettle, ladder

Tissot The Mess of Pottage
The Mess of Pottage, c. 1896-1902, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot
via Wikimedia Commons

[1]Abraham took another wife, whose name was Ketu'rah.

[2] She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Mid'ian, Ishbak, and Shuah.
[3] Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshu'rim, Letu'shim, and Le-um'mim.
[4] The sons of Mid'ian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abi'da, and Elda'ah. All these were the children of Ketu'rah.
[5] Abraham gave all he had to Isaac.
[6] But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country.
[7]These are the days of the years of Abraham's life, a hundred and seventy-five years.

[8] Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.
[9] Isaac and Ish'mael his sons buried him in the cave of Mach-pe'lah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre,
[10] the field which Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with Sarah his wife.
[11] After the death of Abraham God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac dwelt at Beer-la'hai-roi.
[12]These are the descendants of Ish'mael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's maid, bore to Abraham.

[13] These are the names of the sons of Ish'mael, named in the order of their birth: Neba'ioth, the first-born of Ish'mael; and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,
[14] Mishma, Dumah, Massa,
[15] Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Ked'emah.
[16] These are the sons of Ish'mael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes according to their tribes.
[17] (These are the years of the life of Ish'mael, a hundred and thirty-seven years; he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his kindred.)
[18] They dwelt from Hav'ilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria; he settled over against all his people.
[19]These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham was the father of Isaac,

[20] and Isaac was forty years old when he took to wife Rebekah, the daughter of Bethu'el the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean.
[21] And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
[22] The children struggled together within her; and she said, "If it is thus, why do I live?" So she went to inquire of the LORD.
[23] And the LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples, born of you, shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the elder shall serve the younger."
[24] When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
[25] The first came forth red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they called his name Esau.
[26] Afterward his brother came forth, and his hand had taken hold of Esau's heel; so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
[27]When the boys grew up, Esau was a skilful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents.

[28] Isaac loved Esau, because he ate of his game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.
[29]Once when Jacob was boiling pottage, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished.

[30] And Esau said to Jacob, "Let me eat some of that red pottage, for I am famished!" (Therefore his name was called Edom.)
[31] Jacob said, "First sell me your birthright."
[32] Esau said, "I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?"
[33] Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
[34] Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.


[1]Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, "You shall not marry one of the Canaanite women.

[2] Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethu'el your mother's father; and take as wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother.
[3] God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples.
[4] May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your descendants with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings which God gave to Abraham!"
[5] Thus Isaac sent Jacob away; and he went to Paddan-aram to Laban, the son of Bethu'el the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
[6]Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he charged him, "You shall not marry one of the Canaanite women,"

[7] and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram.
[8] So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father,
[9] Esau went to Ish'mael and took to wife, besides the wives he had, Ma'halath the daughter of Ish'mael Abraham's son, the sister of Neba'ioth.
[10]Jacob left Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran.

Peter Paul Rubens, The Reconciliation of Jacob and Esau, 1624.


  1. This year I've taken up the Jesse Tree again after a few years of extra-crazy holiday seasons. It's one of my favorite customs-we always did the readings at the dinner table when I was growing up at home. When trying to find a good set of ornaments for myself, I was frustrated that most Jesse Tree ornaments are designed for small children, a la felt, cartoonish pictures (it's a great Advent custom for kids, but still). I was so excited to discover that a friend of mine has put together a great set of DIY ornaments featuring fine art, which can be found here:

    1. Wow, those are terrific! Thanks for the heads up on those!