From Slave to Ruler in Egypt
God Works Even through Evil
Genesis 37; 39:1 – 42:2; 45; 50
- God has a purpose is greater than man’s strength.
o God had a purpose for the life of Joseph. Although, his brothers were strong in number they were not able to destroy the purpose that God had set for Joseph.
- Our Sin Can Grow
o Joseph was favored greatly by his dad, Jacob. Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other brothers. He showed his love to Joseph by giving him a beautiful coat and putting him in the position of managing or looking after what his brothers were doing in the fields. This made the brothers angry. They grew tired of him constantly checking on them and they didn’t like the fact that their father’s love for him was greater than his love for them. So they planned to kill Joseph
o First they only envied Joseph then they desired to kill him. Their sin moved from envy to murderous hatred.
o Use this illustration to share with your children the importance of turning away from our sins before they grow into something greater. (Sometimes we move from just being angry at someone to hitting them.)
o Help your children identify with the brothers and how their sin grew because they did not turn away from it. If ever your children hit one another, you can be almost certain that it started with smaller sins.
- Even though Joseph was in a difficult circumstance he continued to obey God.
o After he was sold to a master he rose in stature in his master’s house. But one day the master’s wife made up a lie about Joseph that he tried to hurt her and he was thrown into prison. But he continued to be obedient to God.
- Obedience Rewarded
o God gives the Pharaoh a dream that only Joseph can interpret. Joseph interprets the dream and the Pharaoh puts him in charge of the entire kingdom. As a result, God saves Israel from the famine; and by saving Israel, Jesus is born so we can be saved.
- The Bible makes it clear that when people intend evil, as Joseph’s brothers did, it is wrong and God will hold them accountable for it. At the same time, though, the Bible tells us that God is always at work in everything that happens to accomplish his purposes.
This Weeks Verse:
- Genesis 50:20 – As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
Suggested Activities for the Week:
- Help your children to think through the consequences for the world if Jacob’s family—Israel—had perished in the famine. How would God’s promises to Abraham, that all the families of the earth would be blessed through him, have been fulfilled? Who would have received and kept the Scriptures? How would Jesus have been born?
- Discuss with your children hard things they or others have endured or are enduring right now. Where possible, discus the good God has brought through these things. Where God’s plan is not obvious, pray for God’s grace to enable those who suffer to trust God.
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Material Based Upon
Mighty acts of God: a family Bible storybook, Starr Meade – Tim O’Connor – Crossway Books – 2010; Pg. 41- 44