Term 1 – Week 9

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

Genesis 40:1-41:43; 42-46

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 brothers, “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” Genesis 45:7

In the Joseph story so far… In the words of Joseph: “I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews,and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon”(Gen 40:15). Joseph the favourite son of Jacob was thrown into a pit and then sold into slavery in Egypt, yet he prospered under the Lord’s providential hand at Potiphar’s house in Egypt. But then he was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison. Has God forgotten his promises? Will he abandon Joseph? No, because the Lord was still with Joseph in prison (39:21, 23). 

Scene 3 (Genesis 40-41) – Joseph interprets dreams and is promoted by Pharaoh. Joseph is in prison for years and years. However, Joseph is given the ability to interpret dreams. First, he interprets the dreams of two fellow inmates (the cupbearers and the baker) and Joseph urges the cupbearer to put in a good word for him when the dream is fulfilled, but he forgets Joseph. Now, the cupbearer may have forgotten Joseph (40:23), but God did not, for God gives Pharaoh two dreams, which no one can interpret. This in turn jogs the memory of cupbearer and sets in motion the raising up of Joseph out of prison, to the palace, to ruling as prime minister, in order to save the world from famine, and ultimately preserve the family line of Jacob. 

Note: Joseph tells him the meaning of the dreams, which reveals the future of the nation (7 years plenty, 7 years famine). Pharaoh is clear from what Joseph has said that God has given him the ability to interpret the dreams. Joseph knows that God is in control!   Scene 4 (Genesis 42-46) – Jacob’s family are saved by Joseph in Egypt. The famine came just as Pharaoh’s dream had predicted, and Jacob’s family were in big trouble. Jacob hears that there is grain in Egypt (stored up by Joseph’s preparations) and sends his sons off to buy some grain. What follows is a bit of back and forth as Joseph tests his brothers – have they changed or are they just as evil as before? Will they be willing to sacrifice the youngest son for their own gain once more? Joseph gives them multiple chances to abandon Benjamin but they prove to have learnt from their guilt after abandoning Joseph. Not only did God use Joseph to make his brothers see their own sin, but he also used Joseph to show mercy to his brothers. The brothers repent of their sin and are reconciled with Joseph. God saved Jacob’s family and the whole country through Joseph.  Finally, Jacob brings his whole family to Egypt, where they are given lands to farm and food to live on. Wonderfully, God preserved Jacob’s family line through Joseph – God always keeps his promises.


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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