Friday, December 9, 2016

Jesse Tree - Day 9: Moses

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

Jesse Trees follow the same general outline but I've found they are widely varied in some of the details. Some may have one day for Moses, others may spend 4 days on different aspects of his life. I'll be following the basic outline but, therefore, using my own discretion in a few spots.

My sources for days and symbols are Catholic CultureLoyola PressFaith Magazine, and A few beads short.  

Day 9: Moses

Symbols: baby in basket, river and rushes

The Birth of Moses, circa 2nd century
Gabrielle Sed Rajna L'Art Juif- Citadelles Mazenod
Source
I know that Moses is a "type" for Jesus, meaning that we can see examples in his life of the larger message Jesus will bring for us. It never occurred to me until considering this scripture in relationship to Christmas that Moses escapes wholesale slaughter of baby boys - just like Jesus does. It all begins right here.

Of course, there are many more things to consider from Moses's life. He was curious, brave, and intelligent enough to investigate the burning bush and obey the Living God. He went against his natural instincts to obey God's will and engaged in a battle of wills with Pharaoh, led his people into the desert, performed miracles at God's behest, and brought them the Torah, the Law which instructs them and us to this day.

He, Qi. Finding of Moses, 2001
via Vanderbilt Divinity Library

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