Moses: Read Exodus 20:1-7 This ornament shows the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed. This was the most obvious symbol (and the easiest to make) but a basket in the river could also be depicted.
Aaron: Read Exodus 5:22, 11:5 The symbols used here are a serpent and a rod, representing the story of Aaron throwing down his rod before Pharaoh and his sorcerers. The rod became a serpent, which swallowed up the serpents conjured by the sorcerers, demonstrating to Pharaoh the power of the God of the Israelites.
Joshua: Read Joshua 6:20 The horn on this ornament stands for the trumpets blown by the priests outside the walls of Jericho after the Israelites had marched around the city seven times. I usually sing that little Jericho song with the kids on this night, too: “Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho. Joshua fought the battle of Jericho and the walls came tumblin’ down.” The little ones always enjoy this.
Samson: Read Judges 16:21-30 For the story of Samson, our ornament shows the pillars of the temple which were knocked down by Samson, destroying all the Philistines inside.
Ruth: Read Ruth 1:15-18 The symbol of gathered wheat stands for Ruth, who collected grain from the fields of Boaz, whom she later married. Her faithfulness to the God of her first husband and her care for his mother were rewarded by God granting her a son, Obed, father of Jesse, and grandfather of King David.
Jesse: Read Isaiah 11:1-2 The prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of the Messiah: “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Out tree is known as the Jesse tree, because it traces the spiritual heritage of Jesus, who is Son of David, as well as Son of God. Our ornament shows a stump, out of which is growing a new shoot.
David: Read Samuel 5:1-5 Our ornament for this day is a slingshot, though a harp could be used, or a star of David, which has come to represent the nation of Israel. It’s important to remind the kids that although David made his share of mistakes, he continued to turn to God for forgiveness and guidance, and Israel became a strong nation under his leadership. The fact that God used an imperfect lineage from which to bring forth the Messiah is pretty significant.