Joseph's Brothers Come to EgyptMain Points to Remember
Holding a grudge hurts us more than others
famine: when no food growsPrayer: Father, we thank you for forgiving us when we do wrong. Help us forgive others.
Lesson: Genesis 42-45
Lesson Text: "Since Joseph was governor of Egypt and in charge of selling grain, his brothers came to him and bowed with their faces to the ground. They did not recognize Joseph, but right away he knew who they were, though he pretended not to know." Read the entire lesson text courtesy of Jerri Fusch
Activity: Make Egyptian face masks to show how Joseph was able to deceive his brothers. Make face masks by cutting eye and mouth holes in a paper plate. Make the eyes pointy at the corners. Paint or color "make-up" on the plate: use black to outline the eyes, and let the kids decorate the rest. Show a picture from a book on ancient Egypt to give the kids a reference. Then hold up the masks and have the students see how hard it would be to recognize Joseph, especially when you weren't expecting them to be there.
Worksheet: Secret code. pdf
Discussion: What other ways could Joseph have reacted? How do you think you would have reacted if you were in his shoes? Discuss at length the different ways people deal with painful pasts. Would any other scenarios glorify God the way Joseph's did? Would God have been able to use someone who was unable to forgive? Are we forfeiting God's plan for us by refusing to forgive someone?
Activity: Review the family tree. Add Benjamin. Have the students use generic paper people (like Bible Friends) to illustrate the lesson. Name them and post them on a board, using yarn or dots to connect the family lines. A great source for OT family tree information is: http://bible.ort.org/books/gened2.asp
Skit: Joseph's Brothers Return to Egypt with Benjamin
Skit: Joseph Tells His Brothers Who He Is.
Review Questions (can be used with Joseph gameboard)
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