Term 1 – Week 8

Big Idea – God had a plan to keep his promises through Joseph.

Genesis 37; 39; 50:20

Lesson Background

This unit of work is an overview of the Old Testament from creation in Genesis 1 up to God’s promise to King David in 2 Samuel 7.  The theme for the unit: God always keeps His Promises.

Joseph said to his brother, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

We take another step down the story of the descendants of Abraham, to his great grandson Joseph. Joseph is one of the twelve sons of Jacob, who was renamed ‘Israel’ and would be the father the twelve tribes of Israel through these sons.

Background: Jacob’s family are living in the promised land, the land of Canaan, but they are just one family. Jacob has twelve sons, and they are expanding the farming business. God’s promises so far have been kept to Abraham. Abraham’s family has grown, and they are living in the land they will be given. They don’t quite have a vast nation, but they are certainly growing! But we know that before God’s people settle in the land, they will go through a period of 400 years in captivity (Gen 15:13). 

Scene 1 (Genesis 37) – Joseph’s brothers sell him out of jealousy. Joseph, the favourite son of Jacob who was given a special royal robe to wear by his father, had two dreams, which implied that his brothers would bow down before him as King. The brothers hated Joseph and plotted to kill him. They stripped Joseph of his robe, threw him in a pit, sold him to some Midianite traders and then deceived their father into believing Joseph had died at the hands of a ferocious animal. But God had a plan to keep his promises through Joseph, the dreams were evidence of this fact. In the fullness of time God was going to raise Joseph up from the grave/pit in order to rule and reign over his people, saving Jacob’s family in the process and nothing, not even the wickedness and evil deeds of Joseph’s brothers could thwart God’s plan. Therefore, Joseph was not left in the grave/pit to die, but was rescued and sent to Egypt (Gen 37:36). Scene 2 (Genesis 39) – Joseph is sent to prison but God keeps blessing him. Joseph was taken to Egypt and sold into Potiphar’s household. Things are looking up for him as 39:2 tells us: ‘The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered.’ This is the first time God is mentioned in the account of Joseph, and the writer wants to remind us who is in charge. Joseph might be separated from his family, but God is helping him. But then it goes wrong again! Potiphar’s wife accuses Joseph of doing something wrong (no need for detail here), and he is sent to prison. This was totally unfair! But remember, God is faithful to His promises. The Lord was still with Joseph even in prison (39:21, 23).


The children will understand that God is a God who always keeps his promises, he is always in control even when things look like they are going wrong. The children will believe and trust in God and his promises, because he is trustworthy. We know this to be true because of Jesus.  


Hello Song (Emu music)

Very, Very, Very Big God (EMU Music – Very, Very, Very Big God) 

Memory Verse

God said to Abraham: “I will make you into a great nation. And I will bless you. 
I will make your name great. You will be a blessing to others. 
All nations on earth will be blessed because of you.” 

Genesis 12:1-2, 3b

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