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June 24th, 2024  
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Episode 7: Joseph: Bigger Than Our Troubles
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the life connection club kids Have you ever known something was about to happen, but no one believed you? How did you feel? How did people treat you?

Joseph had two dreams that he thought would come true, but his brothers didn't believe him. In fact, the dreams made Joseph's brothers so mad that they began to hate Joseph and look for a way to get rid of him.

Now, use your imagination, as we journey back through time to look at the Life Connection Story "Joseph Part 1."

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(Story adapted from Genesis 37; 39-41)

My name is Joseph. I am excited to share with you how God worked in my life.

I grew up in a big family. I had ten older brothers, one older sister, and one younger brother. My father, Jacob, loved me more than he loved my brothers and sister. When I was seventeen, my father made a colorful robe for me. My brothers hated me for being my father's favorite son. They could not say a kind word to me. Twice, I had dreams that my family would bow down to me. I told my family about the dreams, and my brothers hated me more than ever.

Sometimes my father sent me to check on my brothers. One of those times, my brothers saw me coming and plotted to kill me! But two of my brothers convinced them not to kill me. Instead, my brothers threw me into a dry well. Then they sold me to some traders traveling to Egypt.

Later, my brothers killed a goat and dipped my colorful robe into the blood. They brought the bloodstained robe to my father and told my father that they had "found" it. My father thought a wild animal had torn me to pieces and eaten me. My father mourned for months. My brothers tried to comfort him, but they would not tell him the truth.

Meanwhile, I went to Egypt. A man named Potiphar bought me as his slave. Potiphar was captain of the guard and an officer for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. I began serving in Potiphar's house. God was with me and gave me success in everything I did. So Potiphar put me in charge of his house and everything he owned. He trusted me with everything he had.

Potiphar's wife wanted me to lie down with her, but I told her no. Potiphar trusted me. I could not lie down with his wife. It was a sin against God. I tried to avoid Potiphar's wife, but she would not leave me alone. One day, she grabbed my coat as I walked by. She asked me again to lie down with her. I ran out of the house, without my coat. She accused me of mistreating her. I hadn't touched her! I was Potiphar's favorite servant, but he believed his wife. He became very angry and put me into prison.

God showed kindness to me while I was in prison. The prison warden put me in charge of the prisoners. He trusted me because God was with me. God gave me success in everything I did.

In prison, I met Pharaoh's wine server and his baker. They each had dreams with special meanings. I told them that only God can explain the meanings of dreams. Then I asked them to tell me the dreams. The dreams showed that the wine server would return to his work, but the baker would be hanged. I asked the wine server to remember me and tell Pharaoh about me, so I could get out of prison. Three days later, both servants were released from prison. The wine server went back to serving wine, but the baker was hanged, just like the dreams showed. However, the wine server forgot to tell Pharaoh about me. So I stayed in prison.

Two years later, Pharaoh had two dreams that troubled him. Pharaoh's wine server remembered me and told Pharaoh about me. Pharaoh called for me and brought me out of prison. He told me that he had had two dreams that no one could explain. I told him that I could not explain the meaning of dreams. God would do it. The dreams showed that God would bring seven years of plenty and seven years of hunger. During the first seven years, there would be plenty of food, but during the next seven years, people would forget what it was like to have plenty of food. The hunger would be severe.

I suggested that Pharaoh put someone in charge of Egypt. I also suggested that Pharaoh choose officers. They would gather and store food during the seven years of plenty. This food would be used during the seven years of hunger, so the people wouldn't die. Pharaoh liked my idea, so he put me in charge of Egypt! I had been a prisoner. Suddenly, I was the second-highest official in Egypt!

In all my troubles, God cared for me. He gave me success in everything I did. I didn't blame Him for my troubles; I depended upon Him. I couldn't do anything on my own, but God planned to save many people through me. People meant to hurt me, but God carried out His plan. Isn't He amazing?

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Let's thank God for all He has done and for His great love for us. Pray these words of praise to Him:

God, thank You that You care for me when I am hurt. You show kindness to me. You can give me success in everything I do. I want to depend upon You.









noah Use Genesis 37; 39-41 and the Life Connection Story. They will help you complete your Life Connection Response.

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Response

1. Jacob made a colorful robe for Joseph. Joseph's brothers hated him for being the favorite son.
True
False


2. What did Joseph's brothers do to him?

3. Joseph became a slave in Potiphar's house. But God gave Joseph success in everything he did. Potiphar put Joseph in charge of _______________ .
his house and everything he owned
the army
the surrounding cities


4. Potiphar's wife lied about Joseph, and Potiphar believed her. Joseph went to prison. But God gave Joseph success in everything he did. The prison warden put Joseph in charge of the prisoners.
True
False


5. Joseph told Pharaoh's wine server and his baker what the dreams meant. The wine server forgot about Joseph, so Joseph stayed in prison for two years. Then Pharaoh had two dreams. The wine server remembered Joseph. Joseph told Pharaoh what the dreams meant, but Pharaoh didn't like Joseph's interpretation, so he kept Joseph in prison another five years.
True
False


6. Joseph did not blame God for his troubles-he depended upon God through them. How might the story have been different if Joseph had depended upon himself instead of upon God?



7. How might you have responded if you had been sold, put in prison, and forgotten?

8. Read this verse: "So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, 'It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace'" (Genesis 41:16).

Now write a letter to God or draw a picture about a time that something happened that only God could do. (For example, your grandmother recovered from cancer; your dog came home after being lost; or your dad lost his job, and your parents received an envelope full of cash-in the mail.)



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