This four-part, video series shows kids how Joseph had faith that God would use him for something great. Through years of hardship, Joseph remembered his dreams, and believed God had a plan. Kids will see that we can have faith in God too.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and rock on!
Watch the story from Week 4: Joseph Forgives His Brothers, Genesis 41:46-45
Have kids sit down so everyone can see each other. Do introductions if needed. Talk through the discussion questions to help kids understand the story and how to apply it to their lives.
1. What an amazing ending to Joseph’s story! Why did Joseph’s brothers go to Egypt in the first place? (There was a famine and they needed food.)
2. Did Joseph’s brothers recognize him? (No.)
3. Did Joseph forgive his brothers for what they did to him? (Yes.)
4. How did Joseph show faith in God by forgiving his brothers? (Take responses.)
4. God took some really bad things in Joseph’s life and used them for good. Does anybody have an example of when God took something bad in your life and used it for good? (Take responses.)
ASK YOUR KID
Where can you see God caring for you?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Genesis 41:53-45:15
Joseph’s brothers completely altered the course of his life. Their actions sent him far from home and into a life of slavery and prison. But when he saw them again after a couple decades, he forgave them.
Here’s what he said to them after he finally revealed who he was: “Don’t be angry with yourselves for what you did. It was God’s plan for me to come here. I am here to save people’s lives,” Genesis 45:5.
Joseph did not stay focused on his troubled past. Ultimately, he did not hold onto bitter memories about his family. His faith in God’s character allowed him to see the bigger picture and have confidence in God when he couldn’t gain any confidence from his external circumstances.
When the whole family reunited, Joseph forgave because of his faith. Joseph acknowledged that God knew all the harm that came to him would eventually save his own family—and thousands of other people—from starvation.
Joseph’s story becomes a picture of Jesus—another son (God’s only Son) who came to earth and was accused of crimes he did not commit, just like Joseph. Then Jesus was sent to die so that all of us could be forgiven and reconnected to God once and for all. All the pain and suffering were worth it so that we could have a way back to God.
Joseph’s life of suffering ensured life for any who came to him for food. Jesus’ suffering in death ensures eternal life for any who come to him for truth.
Would it be easier for you to deal with people who have wronged you in the past, maybe even altered the course of your life, if you knew that God would use it for good? Romans 8:28 says that “all things work together for good for those who love God.” Can you forgive easier knowing this?
How would believing that your pain and suffering have a bigger purpose help you endure?
“… faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see,” Hebrews 11:1.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.