YEAH! Church - Sunday, August 1, 2021
"Heroes of the Bible” – Who had 11 brothers, 4 mothers and 1 father? If you guessed ~Joseph~ you are right! He is the first hero of many that we are going to learn about over the next few months.
Today’s Lesson - “Joseph – Favourite Son, Hated Brother”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ7wLTBnF84 (God’s Story – Joseph)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VENAMIch84 (Superbook – Joseph)
Today’s Hero – Joseph (Genesis 37, 39-46)
Jacob had twelve sons, but he did something that no parent should. He played favourites. Joseph was that favourite son, but his brothers were incredibly jealous, even to the point of being willing to kill him! One day, some of his brothers threw him into a well, planning to leave him there, but when a group of Midianites came by, they decided to sell Joseph instead. When they went home, they convinced their father that Joseph must have been attacked and killed by wild animals—they had taken Joseph’s special coat, had ripped it apart and splattered it with a sheep’s blood. Jacob was devastated.
Meanwhile, Joseph was taken faraway to Egypt and sold as a slave. He worked hard and pleased his master, Potiphar, who put him in charge of everything he owned. Unfortunately, Potiphar’s wife took a liking to Joseph too, but in a bad way. When Joseph refused to cooperate with her, she made accusations that he had tried to hurt her, so Potiphar had him sent to prison. As a prisoner, Joseph continued to work hard and his jailer was so pleased with him that he put Joseph in charge of the other prisoners. No matter where Joseph ended up, he always tried to live his life in a way that was pleasing to God.
In prison, he helped one of the prisoner’s by telling him what a dream meant. This prisoner, Pharaoh’s chief cup bearer, was then able to tell Pharaoh about Joseph when he, too, had a very troublesome dream. Joseph told the king that his dream meant that a great famine was coming and that they should all prepare for it. Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph that he put him in charge of making all the necessary preparations; he even made him second in command over the whole country.
Things were hard in Canaan, too, and Jacob, who had heard there was grain in Egypt during the famine, sent his sons to go and buy some. Long story short, Joseph was reunited with his brothers and eventually his whole family came to live with him in Egypt. Even though his brothers had intended to hurt Joseph, he knew that God had had other ideas and that He used him to save many people from the famine, including his family.
• Jacob had twelve sons, but Joseph was his favourite. What problems did this cause in their family?
• Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him. What did they do?
• Joseph ended up as a slave first then a prisoner—for thirteen years! Why didn’t he just give up?
• When Joseph was reunited with his brothers, he had forgiven them. Why?
Genesis 45:5, NLT - “And Joseph reassured his brothers, ‘Don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.’”
Prayer – Dear God, please help me to remember Joseph when things are hard. He never gave up and always trusted you; and you had an incredible plan for his life. Help me to learn to trust you, too.
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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