Joseph's Brothers Come to EgyptMain
Points to Remember
Holding a grudge hurts us more than others
famine: when no food grows
Prayer: 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.
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:
Joseph's Brothers Return to Egypt with Benjamin
Skit: Joseph Tells His
Brothers Who He Is.
Joseph did not recognize his brothers at first. FAll of
Joseph's brothers came to Egypt. FJoseph's brothers
realized they had sinned against Joseph. TJoseph wanted to
see his brother Benjamin. TJoseph wanted to help his
family. TWhen Joseph told his brothers who he was, they all
laughed. FJoseph told his brothers not to blame
themselves for what they did. TJoseph told his
brothers to stay in Egypt and send for their families and his
father. FJoseph and Benjamin cried when they hugged each
other. TJoseph gave each of his brothers one new outfit
of clothes. F (Benjamin got 5)Joseph told them to go
home and he would come visit them as often as possible. F
Genesis 45:5 "And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves,
because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life."
(can be used with
What is a famine? when no crops will grow
Name the sons of Jacob.
Unscramble this word: pytge
Trace the brothers'
journey on a map.
Act out the scene where they find the cup in Benjamin's sack.
Draw a quick picture of a camel.
How did Joseph react to seeing his brothers? He wept several times and
inquired about his father and brother
How did the brothers react when Joseph gave them a hard time? They blamed
their problems on the sin of selling Joseph and telling their father he was
How did Jacob react when he was told he must send Benjamin to Egypt? he was
greatly sorrowful, and put it off until he had no choice.
How should we handle the pain when someone hurts us? Take it to God. Don't
dwell on it.
Who gets the glory for our success in life? God
Why do we sometimes suffer or endure pain in life? So God can use us.
Whose sack held the silver cup? Benjamin's
Who did Joseph give extra money and clothes to? Benjamin
Where did Jacob and his family live in Egypt? Goshen
How did Joseph show generosity to his brothers? he gave back the money they
paid for the food.
Why did God place Joseph in a powerful position in Egypt? so he could sustain
Jacob's family through the long famine
What qualities made Joseph useful to God? his humility, his meekness, and his
willingness to forgive