In the true story of Joseph we see that ultimately, God used hardship in one man’s life to benefit countless others at that time. Yet He also set the stage for an exodus from slavery for His people centuries later, one that would foreshadow an even greater deliverance that would be secured by His own Son on the cross many centuries beyond the exodus. Clearly, God is a loving and masterful orchestrator of events, accomplishing both short- and long-term objectives. Even preschoolers can understand that the main character in Genesis 37–50 isn’t Joseph, but God. Here’s another lesson. Like Joseph, people who submit to Yahweh and obey Him not only are blessed, but they become blessings to others as well. Lessons in this unit are listed below. To purchase this unit for $24.95, simply click the red “Buy Unit” button above. To download a free sample lesson, click here.
Unit Bible Lessons
Jacob loved his son Joseph so much he gave him a special, colorful coat. Joseph’s brothers were jealous, and they took steps to rid themselves of their younger brother. God was working in Joseph’s life, however, blessing him even in hardship.
Joseph was faithful even in trying circumstances. He sought to honor God even though he was in Egypt, even though he was a slave, and even though he wound up in prison. God blessed him and gave Joseph even more opportunities to make a positive difference in people’s lives. And significantly, Joseph never forgot to give God credit for everything good.
This lesson tells the true story of Joseph’s promotion from prison to palace. Regardless of his circumstances, Joseph remained faithful to the Lord—and the Lord blessed Him. Whether a prisoner or a commander with worldwide influence, Joseph honored God. This made it possible for God to use Joseph to advance His unfolding story. What an honor this must have been!
Joseph, sold into slavery, had become Egypt’s second-in-command. This was truly remarkable, but we must remember that God can do anything. When Joseph encountered his brothers, he could have sought revenge against them, but he did not. This also was remarkable, and it also was God’s doing! The ability to forgive comes from God!