This Week's Lesson Preschool and Elementary School
This Week's Lesson
Each week parents can come to this portion of our website to see which lesson we will be teaching on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Parents will be able to know what their children are being taught, and most importanly teach the same truths at home through the resources found on the Link to Information about The Gospel Story Curriculum
Sunday, January 21, 2018 God Provides for the Israelites in Famine Genesi s 41:4 6 — 4 4:3 4
- Joseph had faith in God’s plan. As we saw last week, Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph’s wisdom that he put Joseph in charge of all Egypt. Pharaoh even said that the wisdom of Joseph’s plan and his ability to interpret dreams came from God (Genesis 41:38–39). Joseph didn’t trust himself, he trusted God.
- Joseph’s brothers won’t repent. There is much to see in this long but fascinating passage.
Joseph’s dreams of many years earlier—dreams that his brothers would bow down to him—
literally come true. The brothers spend three days in jail, and guilt over selling Joseph rises up
in them. They clearly see that their betrayal of Joseph is the worst thing they have ever done.
They can admit that to each other. They can even see that God has been the author of the
events involving Joseph. But when they go home they still hide from their father that they had
sold Joseph. Because of their fear, they still do not repent to God of their past sin against Joseph or confess it to their father.
- Joseph’s brothers keep lying. When their food runs low in Canaan, Joseph’s brothers
return to Egypt to buy more grain. This time they bring their brother Benjamin. As they
prepare to depart for home with their grain, Joseph has a silver cup stashed in Benjamin’s grain sack.
Once they sold their brother as a slave Joseph’s brothers started a pattern of lying to keep out
of trouble. They were afraid to tell the truth then and that sin has grown. The brothers are
brought back to Joseph and accused of stealing. Even then, they keep telling the lie about how their missing brother was killed by an animal. Though they sense they are being judged by God (Genesis 42:22), they still do not admit their guilt. When we are trapped by our sin, we can be tempted to act as if telling a lie over and over again actually makes it true!
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
Read Acts 7:9–10.
The story of Joseph’s kidnapping, slavery, and imprisonment is tragic. But in it all, God was at work saving his people. Because of Pharaoh’s dreams, Joseph knew Egypt needed to store grain for the coming famine. This is the grain that Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to purchase, so that Abraham’s descendants would not die off. That way, one day Jesus could be born as one of Abraham’s far-off great-grandchildren.
Story after story points to God as a God who saves. Through Jesus, God would ultimately save his people from spiritual hunger and death. Jesus offered himself as the “bread of life” (John 6:35) to all who are spiritually hungry.
SWORD Bible Memory | December
Preschool: Blue Dot
1st - 4th Grade: Blue Dot and Green Square
5th - 6th Grades: Blue Dot, Green Square, and Orange Triangle