December 2

God Redeems Betrayal
(Joseph sent to egypt)

Genesis 37

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son.

  • Jacob gave Joseph a colorful robe.

  • Joseph dreamed his family would bow down to him one day.

  • Joseph’s brothers did not like him.

  • Joseph’s brothers sent him to Egypt.

Key Passage:
Hosea 13:4b

Christ Connection:
Jospeh’s brothers did not like Joseph, but God protected Joseph and used him as part of His plan to rescue his family. Many years later, people did not like God’s Son, Jesus, and they killed Him. Jesus’ death was God’s plan to rescue sinners.

Big Picture Question:
Is there anything God cannot do? God can do all things.

Story Point:
Joseph’s brothers sent him to Egypt.

Big Ideas:

  • Joseph’s brothers sent him away to Egypt.

  • God had a plan for Joseph in Egypt.

  • God had a plan to send Jesus.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How does it feel to be the favorite?

  • How does it feel when someone else is the favorite?

  • Was what Jospeh’s brothers did to him right or wrong? Why?

Family Activities:

  • Spend one-on-one time with each of your children. Ask the Lord to reveal and remove any hint of favoritism in your family relationships.

  • Read Romans 12:10 as a family. Lead your family in an “honor time” where family members take turns saying how they see God at work in other family members.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • Joseph’s brothers were jealous because Jacob favored Joseph.

  • Joseph dreamed he would one day rule over his family.

  • Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery.

Key Passage:
Hosea 13:4

Story Point:
Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery.

Big Picture Question:
Is there anything God cannot do? God can do all things according to His character.

Christ Connection:
Joseph’s brothers turned against him and tried to kill him, but God protected Joseph and used him as part of His plan to rescue his family. In a similar way, people turned against God’s Son, Jesus. Jesus’ death was God’s plan to rescue sinners.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why do you think Jacob favored Joseph?

  • Jacob’s favoritism was wrong, but so was the way his sons reacted to it. What can we learn from seeing their relationship?

  • Why is it difficult to trust God in hard times?

Family Activity:
Help your kids begin a dream journal. When they wake up, ask them about any dreams they had. Encourage them to write them down or draw pictures of what happened in the dreams.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Hosea 13:4

Story Point:
Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery.

Big Picture Question:
Is there anything God cannot do? God can do all things according to His character.

Christ Connection:
Joseph’s brothers turned against him and tried to kill him, but God protected Joseph and used him as part of His plan to rescue his family. In a similar way, people turned against God’s Son, Jesus. Jesus’ death was God’s plan to rescue sinners.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why did Joseph’s brothers hate Joseph?

  • Have you ever felt envious, wanting what someone else had?

  • How is Jesus’ story like Joseph’s? (Both of them were betrayed by people close to them.)