for Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 — a lot of kids away — we had 6 students along with our 4 volunteers

Topics: 1. Ministry of John the Baptist; 2. Jesus Called Twelve Disciples

Volunteers: Colleen, Paul, Kaitlyn, Allyson

Drivers: am: fran; pm: tyler

Memory Verse: Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24)

New Song: “Apostles” by Jamie Soles

Scriptures: Matthew 4:18-22; 9:9-13; 10:1-4; Mark 1:14-20; Luke 6:12-16; John 1:35-51


  • (10:00am) together: Matthew 6 “Lord’s prayer
  • review class rules
  • Sing — [note new song]
  • Paul and [Kaitlyn or Allyson] to little lambs room with the 6 or so younger kids. Colleen and Allyson stay in catechism room with the older group — note Sabrina wants to stay with her sister
  • Lesson — (see below)
  • memory verse (see above)
  • Older group return to catechism room
  • Crafts/activities — see below
  • (11:00 am) SNACK/BREAK
  • (11:20 am) two-team review relay game with questions from today’s class
  • crafts/activities — continued
  • stickers/bookmarks
  • Sing
  • Praying: [Paul]
  • (11:50 am)
  • tidy

Additional Materials

  • (Alyssa, Josie, and) Kaitlyn have “Joseph” projects to show the kids
  • Paul will bring color poster illustrations by CEV

Craft/Activity Ideas

  • Finalize the older kids’ Joseph/Egypt newspaper project (glue to poster board); complete with the younger kids

Coloring Pages

Paul will bring two excellent illustrations by Terry Julien: John the Baptist, and Simon/Andrew leaving their nets.


This map shows the cities and regions discussed in this lesson

Much of this text is point form only. Note that many of the word/phrase choices come from the NIrV translation.


  • the Sea of Galilee: lots of people working and buying/selling
  • fishermen there would mend nets, catch fish from fishing boat with nets, sell fish
  • fishermen’s life would not be easy: Sea of Galilee often changes into a raging tempest; there were no engines, nor special equipment for adjusting their sails/anchors — i.e., they relied on physical strength; fishermen also have bad seasons of no fish
  • In those days, Israel was under Roman rule — a tax collector was someone who worked for the Romans — these were known to often cheat people; i.e., collect extra money to keep for themselves
  • Knowledge in Canaan of prophesy of Messiah — recall our lessons on promise to Abraham — read out loud Genesis 22:18; 49:10; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Micah 5:2 — SOME PEOPLE IN ISRAEL WERE waiting for the Messiah (see Luke 2:38)
  • Jewish people called Zealots tried to overthrow Roman rule in “Palestine”
  • Two followed John the Baptist (see next section); they apparently knew they were sinners who needed to be saved


At least two of the men who Jesus called, (John and Andrew), were explicit disciples of John the Baptist

  • John, the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth [kids will recall from December lessons], set apart by God from his birth, grew up and became strong in spirit.
  • He lived in the Judean wilderness, in Bethany [see map].
  • He wore a weave of coarse camel-hair, with a leather belt around his waist.
  • For food, he ate locusts and wild honey.
  • people from Judea countryside, and Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John the Baptist
  • His preaching was this: “Stop doing what is evil, and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
  • Recall the prophesy: “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty. (Malachi 3:1)
  • Also: A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” (Isaiah 40:3)
  • John baptized people in the Jordan River (see map — Jordan in Judea region, just west of Bethany), to show that they had confessed their sins, and changed their ways, turning to God who forgives.
  • the Jewish leaders sent priests and assistants from the Temple in Jerusalem, and they asked, “Who are you?”
  • “I am not the Messiah,”John answered. “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘clear the way for the LORD’s coming!’”
  • John spoke to the Jewish leaders: “Don’t think you are ‘safe’ just because you are the descendants of Abraham. That means nothing. Instead, change the way you are living, to prove that you have turned to God.”
  • “God will judge those who do not repent of their sins; yes, He will chop with an ax every tree that does not produce good fruit, and He will throw them into the fire!”
  • The Jewish leaders then asked John, “If you are not the Messiah, then why are you baptizing people?”
  • “Here I am, baptizing with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God . . . but the One who comes after me will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire! He is right here among you already, but you do not recognize Him.”
  • So that people might believe, John was telling them about the true Light, who is Jesus Christ, and that He was coming into the world. Jesus Christ would give to those who believe the right to become children of God. [see John 1:7-12]
  • “He is so great that I’m not worthy to even be a slave who stoops down and unties the straps of His sandals. He is going to separate the good from the bad; He is going to clean up, gathering the wheat into His barn, but burning the chaff with never-ending fire.”
  • When he saw Jesus, John said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is the One I told you about — the One who is far greater than I am, who existed long before me.”
  • To discuss:
    • What is baptism? What does water do to dirt on your body?
    • What happens when Jesus forgives somebody’s sin?
    • How is the baptism of Jesus better than the baptism of John?
    • Do you suppose Jesus went to John so he would baptize Him? and why would He? (See Matthew 3:13-17.)
  • One day [see below], Herod the son of the Herod who ruled in the time of Joseph and Mary had John imprisoned — later killed — his head removed at the request of his wife Herodias.


  • Jesus was (approx. 30 years old), now baptized by John, and began his work and teaching of the GOOD NEWS
  • Two disciples of John the Baptist were JOHN and ANDREW
  • DISCIPLE: student — obeys his teacher
  • Jesus walking by, John Baptist said: “Look! The Lamb of God!”
  • John and Andrew followed Jesus; “What do you want?”
  • “Rabbi, where are you staying?”
  • “Come, you will see.”
  • They spent afternoon and evening with Him
  • Andrew went and found his brother Simon [they were both from the town of Bethsaida — see map]: “We have found the Messiah” — and he brought Simon to Jesus
  • “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas.” Cephas means Peter (or rock)
  • The next day, Jesus went to Galilee; found Philip along the way: “Follow me”
  • (Philip was from the town of Bethsaida, like Simon and Andrew)
  • Nathanael was under a fig tree
  • Philip found Nathanael: “We have found the One that Moses and the prophets wrote about. He is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
  • “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
  • “Come and see.” So Nathanael went, even though he didn’t think anybody important could be from Nazareth
  • Jesus at Nathanael: “Here is a true Israelite. There is nothing false in him.”
  • “How do you know me?”
  • “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree. I saw you there before Philip called you.”
  • “Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel.”
  • “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” [addressing all disciples:] “You will see heaven open, and the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man.”
  • [review JACOB:
    • on his way to Haran [fleeing from Esau his brother, who wanted to kill him], Jacob stopped for the night at a place called Luz
    • rested his head on [or beside] a large rock and fell asleep
    • in a dream, Jacob saw a ladder, or staircase, that reached from earth to heaven, and God’s angels were going up and down on it
    • God was standing beside the ladder
    • “I am the LORD God who was worshiped by Abraham and Isaac. I will give to you and your family the land on which you are now sleeping. Your descendants will spread over the earth in all directions and will become as numerous as the specks of dust. Your family will be a blessing to all people. Wherever you go, I will watch over you, then later I will bring you back to this land. I won’t leave you–I will do all I have promised.” [from CEV translation]
    • Jacob woke up
    • “The LORD is in this place, and I didn’t even know it.”
    • Jacob was afraid
    • “This is a fearsome place! It must be the house of God and the ladder to heaven.”
    • Early the next morning, Jacob took the same rock and set it up like a pillar to mark this as a place of worship
    • poured olive oil on the rock to dedicate it to God
    • renamed Luz to “Bethel” (see map), which means “house of God” ]
  • RECALL THE DISCIPLE NAMES WE KNOW SO FAR: Andrew, Simon Peter, Philip, Nathanael (wasn’t chosen as an apostle, but was a disciple)

two basic types of fishing nets: cone-shaped for hand-casting; and a large draw net with floats and sinkers


  • Jesus did many great things during this time [wine at wedding; cleansing of the temple; teaching at synagogues; woman at well in Samaria; healing nobleman’s son; healing at pool of Bethesda]
  • John the Baptist was imprisoned
  • Jesus walking beside the Sea of Galilee [probably at or near Capernaum]
    • he saw the brothers we have already met (Peter, Andrew) throwing a net
    • “Come. Follow me. I will make you fishers of people”
    • left their nets and followed him; later, Peter would remark, “We have left everything to follow you!” (Mark 10:28)
    • brothers: John, James; in a boat with their father Zebedee — they were mending some tears in their fishing nets
    • left the boat and their father and followed Jesus
  • NAMES WE KNOW NOW: Andrew, Simon Peter, Philip, Nathanael, James, John (son of Zebedee)
  • Jesus continued miracles (leper, paralytic)
  • at [probably Capernaum], Jesus saw a man named Matthew, who was sitting at “the tax collector’s booth”
  • “Follow me”
  • Matthew got up and followed him
  • Later, Jesus had dinner at Matthew’s house — other tax collectors were there, and other friends of Matthew
  • ADD MATTHEW TO THE NAMES WE KNOW: Andrew, Simon Peter, Philip, Nathanael, James, John, Matthew
  • (Matthew was first called Levi)


  • (man with withered hand healed on Sabbath)
  • “On one of those days,” Jesus spent all night PRAYING at a mountainside
  • the next morning He called ALL who were His disciples — from these He identified 12 as APOSTLES
  • APOSTLE — disciples of Jesus who He specifically chose as his witnesses
  • SIMON PETER, ANDREW, JAMES [son of Zebedee], JOHN [son of Zebedee], PHILIP, BARTHOLOMEW, MATTHEW, THOMAS, JAMES [son of Alphaeus], SIMON [who was called the Zealot], JUDAS [son of James], and JUDAS ISCARIOT (the one who would later hand Jesus over to his enemies] — two of these apostles wrote parts of the New Testament in the Bible
  • Jesus gave the twelve authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every illness and sickness
  • preach the message: “The kingdom of heaven is near”; heal those who are sick; bring the dead back to life; drive out demons; you have received freely, so give freely; “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as wise as snakes and as harmless as doves. Watch out! Men will hand you over to the local courts. They will whip you in their synagogues. You will be brought to governors and kings because of me.” (Matthew 10:16-18; NIrV)
  • [learn the apostle’s song]

O happy day, that fixed my choice
On Thee, my Saviour and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.
-Philip Doddridge

Review Questions

  • After Andrew and John spent afternoon and evening with Jesus, what did Andrew tell his brother Simon? (“We have found the Messiah”)
  • What new name did Jesus give to Simon, and what does it mean? (Peter, rock)
  • What did Jesus say that helped Nathanael realize that Jesus was the Son of God?
  • What do you think Jesus meant when He told the fishermen He would make them “fishers of men”? [discuss]
  • When Jesus called Matthew the tax collector to follow Him, what did Matthew do? (left his table and followed Jesus)
  • What did Jesus do before He chose 12 apostles from among His disciples? (prayed all night)
  • etc…

for Saturday 22 January 2011 — some regular students are away; we had 9 children

Topic: Joseph and brothers during famine

Volunteers: Rita, Josie, Paul, Caleb

Driver: Nora

Memory Verse: Jacob’s sons were jealous of Joseph, so they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him and saved him from all his troubles. (Acts 7:9-10) [The kids have prints of this; also, the younger kids have this verse is on their cut out and fold houses]


  • prepare the two lesson rooms — have a map in each room for geographical reference during the lessons — tokens representing, in particular, jacob, joseph, benjamin, simeon, and the 9 other brothers placed at Canaan and Egypt will help keep track of who traveled where, and when; for example, benjamin was not with his brothers on their first visit to egypt — he stayed with jacob; also, simeon did not return to canaan after the first visit to egypt
  • (10:00am) name tags, coloring pages
  • together: Matthew 6 “Lord’s prayer
  • review class rules — “running” is allowed during break time, in the fellowship hall; participation in direct activity is not required, but each child is busy doing something — i.e., nobody is wandering around and/or distracting others
  • Sing — [we started psalm 105 stanza 8 last week]
  • [Two volunteers] to little lambs room with the 6 or so younger kids. [Rita and ?] stay in catechism room with the older group — of our regular students this is: michael (older), ryan, sey[..], jasper, alicia, and john.
  • Lesson — (see below)
  • memory verse (see above)
  • Older group return to catechism room
  • Crafts/activities — see below
  • (11:00 am) SNACK/BREAK
  • (11:20 am) two-team review relay game with questions from today’s class
  • crafts/activities — continued
  • stickers?
  • Sing
  • Praying: [Rita]
  • (11:50 am)
  • tidy

Additional Materials

  • word search puzzle — print page 6 of THIS PDF FILE
  • poster of Joseph with brothers bowing before him, from GCP, Younger Elementary, Fall 2010, Lesson 12, Teaching Aid 12 [Paul will bring this]
  • “ups and downs” cards from last week [one set is on bulletin board; Paul is bringing the other set]
  • during lesson, use the stand-up cutout characters (in the kitchen) — they can help us show, for example, that Simeon stayed in Egypt after the first visit, etc.

Craft/Activity Ideas

  • the older kids can continue their newspaper project; the younger can finish their paper houses, and begin a newspaper project as well
  • (from Activity: Make Egyptian face masks to show how Joseph was able to deceive his brothers. Make face masks by cutting eye and mouth holes in a paper plate. Make the eyes pointy at the corners. Paint or color “make-up” on the plate: use black to outline the eyes, and let the kids decorate the rest. Show a picture from a book on ancient Egypt to give the kids a reference. Then hold up the masks and have the students see how hard it would be to recognize Joseph, especially when you weren’t expecting [him] to be there.
  • “Sometimes we don’t know how things will turn out” from GCP, Older Elementary, Fall 2010, Lesson 12, Student Activity SA 12a [SS5112]
  • “Pyramid Toss” from “180 Faith-Charged Games for Children’s Ministry,” page 14
  • THIS (click) activity sheet

Joseph and Benjamin in Egypt


These lesson notes are in point form only, to help memorizing, and recall during story-time. Most of the wording choices come from the NIrV translation.

NOTE: I couldn’t find any info on this, but I believe we commonly underestimate Benjamin’s age in Genesis 42. I just added this at — let me know if you disagree:

Benjamin is referred to only as the youngest son. However, he must have been at least 22 years old when he first visited Egypt with his brothers on their second visit.

Joseph was at home when Benjamin was born; Joseph was 17 when he was sold into Egypt; Joseph was 30 when he was set over all of Egypt by Pharaoh; there were 7 good years before the famine; there had been 2 years of famine before the brothers’ second (Benjamin’s first) visit to Egypt.

English versions of the Bible translate “נַ֫עַר” as “boy” for Benjamin in these chapters, but the same word is used to mean “young man” elsewhere (e.g. Genesis 34:19).


  • there was famine all over the world
  • Joseph was governor of Egypt, where there was grain


  • Jacob found out there was grain in Egypt
  • Jacob: “Go to Egypt”
  • ten went down: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun; (unknown to Jacob, Joseph was in Egypt; Benjamin stayed with his father)
  • Jacob didn’t send Benjamin with them, afraid he might be harmed
  • Joseph’s brothers arrived, bowed down to him [recall Joseph’s two dreams]
  • Joseph recognized his brothers, but pretended to be a stranger
  • Joseph spoke to them in a mean way: “Where do you come from?”
  • [conversation with Joseph questioning and accusing as spies, brothers remaining honest in their answers]
  • Joseph demands that youngest brother comes, as testing their honesty
  • all ten kept under guard for three days
  • third day, Joseph spoke to them again: “Do what I say; I have respect for God; let one brother stay here in prison; the rest take grain back; you must bring your youngest brother to me”
  • brothers speculate God “is punishing us” because of what happened when Joseph was 17
  • Reuben: “Didn’t I tell you?”
  • unknown to them, Joseph understood their conversation; he had somebody explain their words to him in Egyptian language — also, he probably remembered some Hebrew!
  • Joseph turned away and sobbed
  • had Simeon tied up in front of them
  • bags filled with grain; also had each’s money put back into his sack; also extra food for the journey itself
  • they loaded grain on their donkeys and left
  • night came, they stopped and one opened his sack to feed his donkey
  • he saw the money on top
  • ‘they had a sinking feeling in their hearts’
  • “What has God done to us?”
  • came to Jacob in Canaan, told him everything [re-tell this to the children]
  • Jacob: “You have taken my children away from me. Joseph is gone. Simeon is gone. Now you want to take Benjamin.”
  • Reuben: “put both my sons to death if I don’t bring Benjamin back.”
  • Jacob: “No — his brother is dead – he’s the only one [of Rachel, his favorite] left here with me — if he’s harmed, I would die in sorrow”

Joseph's brothers come to Egypt for grain

SECOND VISIT (Genesis 43:1-24)

  • the food from Egypt did not last long
  • [now it was two years into the seven years of famine]
  • Jacob: “Go down to Egypt again, and buy more food for us”
  • Judah: “It is of no use for us to go to Egypt, unless we take Benjamin with us.”
  • Jacob: “Why did you tell the man that you had a brother?”
  • Sons: “He kept asking about our family.”
  • Judah: “I will take care of Benjamin.”
  • Jacob: “take a present to the man”; (lotion, honey, spices, myrrh, pistachio nuts, almonds); also “take twice as much money”
  • Jacob: “may God show mercy; may the man let Simeon and Benjamin return with you”
  • ten brothers to Egypt a second time (Benjamin in place of Simeon this time)
  • bowed before Joseph, as before
  • Joseph saw Benjamin was with them
  • “Make ready a dinner, for all these men shall dine with me today.”
  • brothers afraid because of the money in the sacks
  • brothers: “we’re not sure who put our money in our sacks”
  • Joseph’s manager: “your God must have sent you this as a gift. I had your money.”
  • Joseph’s manager brought Simeon out of the prison
  • manager gave them water to wash their feet, per custom of the land
  • brothers prepared their gifts for Joseph

DINNER — Genesis 43:24-44:14

  • at noon, Joseph came home
  • They brought him the presents from their father, bowed before him
  • Joseph: “is your father still living?”
  • Joseph: “is this your youngest brother?”
  • Joseph: “may God be gracious to you, my son”
  • Joseph could not keep back the tears — wept in his own room
  • washed his face, came out again, ordered his servants to set the table
  • Joseph’s table for himself, another table for his Egyptian officers, and another for the eleven brothers; [according to their beliefs, Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews]
  • Joseph ordered the seats by age; the men were surprised at this [how could any of the Egyptians know the exact ordering by age?]
  • Joseph arranged five times as much food to Benjamin as to the others
  • Joseph: “Fill the men’s sacks with grain; each man’s money in his sack; my silver cup in the sack of the youngest”
  • brothers started out early the next morning
  • on Joseph’s orders, his manager followed the brothers: “Why have you wronged me?” (re “my master’s cup”)
  • “You may search us; if one has the cup, he will die and the rest will become your slaves”
  • they took down the sacks from the donkeys and opened them
  • in each man’s sack was his money, for the second time
  • governor Joseph’s silver cup was found in Benjamin’s sack
  • the brothers tore their clothes and returned to Joseph’s palace — they threw themselves in front of Joseph

JOSEPH REVEALS HIS SECRET — Genesis 44:15-45:28

  • Joseph: “What wicked thing have you done?”
  • Judah: “Now we must all be slaves”
  • Joseph: “Only the one who has taken my cup”
  • Judah fell at Joseph’s feet: “let my youngest brother go home to his father; [explains dearness of Benjamin to Jacob]; I will stay here as slave in his place”
  • Joseph could no longer keep his secret
  • sent all of his Egyptian attendants out of the room
  • everyone in Pharaoh’s house heard about how loudly Joseph sobbed
  • “I am Joseph — is my father still alive?”
  • brothers speechless with fear
  • Joseph: “come close to me”
  • “Do not feel troubled because of what you did; God sent me before you to save your lives”
  • “There will be 5 more years of famine”
  • “God has made me ruler over all Egypt”
  • “Bring my father and all his family; you will live in Goshen“; [show on map]
  • Joseph placed his arms around Benjamin’s neck, sobbed
  • Benjamin also hugged him and sobbed
  • Joseph kissed all his brothers; then they talked with him
  • brothers went home with gifts and food and wagons for families’ ride to Egypt — [explain 45:17-28 in as much detail as time permits]

Questions for Review Game

  • Why did Joseph’s brothers have to go to Egypt to buy grain?
  • Why didn’t Jacob send Benjamin the first time?
  • Why was Joseph harsh with his brothers, and pretend he didn’t know them?
  • What did Joseph ask his brothers to do to prove they were honest men?
  • Why did Reuben think they were being punished?
  • Which brother stayed in jail?
  • Why were the brothers afraid when they saw the money in their sacks?
  • Why did Joseph’s brothers return to Egypt?
  • What did the brothers bring with them to Egypt (second time)?
  • Why did Joseph cry?
  • What did Judah offer to do to save Benjamin?
  • How could Joseph tell that his brothers had changed?
  • What did Jacob say when his sons told him that Joseph was still alive?

Coloring Pages


  • Page 8 and 9 in THIS PDF FILE;
  • “Joseph forgives his brothers,” by Shirley Dobson


Joseph Converses with Judah his brother (by Tissot)

The cup found, by Tissot

for Saturday, 15 January 2011 — 11 kids, 3 volunteers were present

Topics: false accusation / prison / cupbearer and baker’s dreams / pharoah’s dream / joseph’s restoration in egypt

Volunteers: Paul, Colleen, Alyssa; possible: Caleb

Drivers: am: Fran; pm: Sheila

New Song Verse: Genevan psalm [revised] 105 stanza 8:
The king called Joseph and released him;
his prophecies and counsel pleased him.
He made him master of the land,
gave all he had into his hand,
to guide his princes on their course,
to show his elders wisdom’s source.
[Alyssa brought Josie’s 4×6 prints for this]

Memory Verse: Jacob’s sons were jealous of Joseph, so they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him and saved him from all his troubles. (Acts 7:9-10) [Josie made prints of this; also the verse is on the cut out and fold houses below]

Coloring Page: “Joseph helps Pharaoh,” page 14, “My Bible Coloring Book” by Shirley Dobson

Extra supplies: Rita will drop off whistles(!), Paul bringing extra 4×6 prints, teaching aid (below), Alyssa/Chris bringing potatoes, Colleen poster board, etc.

Teaching aid: This idea from “Lessons for Life 1” by Jill Masters, page 154-155. Thanks Levi for cutting out and coloring two sets — we can pin these together if we like… it shows the “downs and ups” in Joseph’s life:

"Ups and downs of Joseph's life" -- 5 pieces of card that can be pinned at the ends and unfolded


  • go thru the mini-albums and make sure students + volunteers each have at least all of the hymn/psalm stanzas — Paul is bringing extra prints
  • (10:00am) name tags, coloring pages
  • together: Matthew 6 “Lord’s prayer
  • review class rules — “running” is allowed during break time, in the fellowship hall; participation in direct activity is not required, but each child must be busy doing something — i.e., nobody is wandering around and/or distracting others
  • Sing
  • Paul and Alyssa to little lambs room with the 6 or so younger kids. Colleen and [Caleb] stay in catechism room with the older group — of our regular students this would be: michael (older), ryan, sey[..], jasper, alicia, and john.
  • Lesson — (see below)
  • memory verse (see above)
  • Older group return to catechism room
  • Crafts/activities — [potato puzzle — prep by chris v, start newspaper design with older kids — colleen, cut/fold/tape paper houses with memory verse with younger kids]
  • (11:00 am) SNACK/BREAK
  • (11:20 am) two-team review relay game with questions from today’s class
  • crafts/activities — continued
  • review homework project (the kids each chose a “Bible hero” in December)
  • stickers or bookmarks
  • Sing
  • Praying: [Colleen]
  • (11:50 am)
  • tidy


Based on THIS. For the younger group, summarize Genesis 39:7-18 as Potiphar’s wife telling a lie about Joseph, and Potiphar becoming angry and putting Joseph in prison.

Part 2 of the story of Joseph
Genesis 39 – 41

These lesson notes are in point form only, to assist memorizing, and recall during story-time. There is a little more detail about Potiphar’s wife showing a less detailed (!) version of that part. Most of these bullet points are based in the text of the NIrV.

INTRO: [based Genesis 39:1]

Joseph’s brothers sold him to some Ishmaelite traders. The traders took Joseph down to Egypt. An Egyptian named Potiphar had bought him from the Ishmaelite traders. Potiphar was one of Pharaoh’s officials. He was the captain of the palace guard.


•    The LORD was with Joseph.
•    Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his house
•    the LORD blessed Potiphar’s family and servants because of Joseph
•    Potiphar’s wife told a lie about Joseph. She said that he did wrong to her.
•    She called her servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew slave has been brought here to make fun of us!” [39:14]
•    She told her husband Potiphar the story. She said, “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me.”
•    Potiphar’s wife told him, “That’s how your slave treated me.”
•    Angry, Potiphar put Joseph in prison. It was the place where the king’s prisoners were kept.
•    The LORD was with Joseph while he was in prison.
•    So the man who was running the prison was pleased with Joseph. He put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners.


•    PHARAOH’S baker and wine taster did something their master did not like.
•    Angry Pharaoh put them in prison — the prison that was in the house of the captain of the palace guard where Joseph was.
•    The captain put Joseph in charge of those men, so Joseph took care of them.
•    each of the two men had a dream, the same night.
•    Joseph the next morning: “Why do you look so sad today?”
•    “We both had dreams,” they answered. “But nobody can tell us what the dreams mean.”
•    “Only God knows what dreams mean. Tell me your dreams.”
•    chief wine taster: “vine in front of me. three branches on the vine. As soon as it budded, it flowered. Bunches of ripe grapes grew on the branches.”
•    “Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand. I took the grapes and squeezed them into the cup, and then I gave the cup to Pharaoh.”
•    Joseph: “The three branches are three days. In three days, Pharaoh will let you out of prison. He will give your job back to you. And you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand.”
•    “But when everything is going well for you, remember me. Tell Pharaoh about me. Get me out of this prison. I was taken out of the land of the Hebrews by force, and even here, I haven’t done anything to deserve being in prison.”
•    chief baker: “three baskets of bread on my head. All kinds of good baked foods were in the top basket for Pharaoh. But the birds kept eating what was in that basket.”
•    “The three baskets are three days. In three days, Pharaoh will cut off your head. Then he will put a pole through your body, and set the pole up. The birds will eat your body.”
•    The third day was Pharaoh’s birthday. He invited all of his officials, and had a great feast prepared. Pharaoh had the chief baker and the chief wine taster brought from the prison. In front of his officials, Pharaoh gave the wine taster his job back.
•    But Pharoah had a pole stuck through the chief baker’s body. Then he had the pole set up.
•    Everything had happened exactly as Joseph had told them.
•    But the chief wine taster forgot all about Joseph

PHARAOH TWO DREAMS — Genesis 41:1-40

•    Two years later, Pharaoh had a dream… he was standing beside the Nile River. Seven cows came up out of the river; looked healthy and fat; eating the tall grass that grows along the river.
•    Seven other cows came up out of the Nile River — ugly and skinny. They were standing beside the seven healthy cows on the riverbank.
•    The seven ugly, skinny cows ate up the seven cows that looked healthy and fat. Pharaoh woke up.
•    slept again, second dream: stem with seven heads of grain on it. These were healthy and good heads of grain.
•    After them, seven other heads of grain — thin and dried out from the east wind.
•    The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy and full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up.
•    Worried Pharaoh called for all of the wise men and magicians of Egypt. None able to explain the meaning of the dreams.
•    chief wine taster: “Now I remember something. You once put me and the chief baker in the prison in the house of the captain of the palace guard. One night we both had dreams, and each dream had a different meaning.”
•    “There was a young Hebrew servant there in prison with us. He was a servant of the captain of the palace guard. He explained the meaning of our dreams. Everything he said came true — I received my job again, and the other man had a pole stuck through his body.”
•    Pharaoh sent for Joseph.
•    Joseph shaved, changed his clothes. [ancient Egypt art depicts clean-shaven men]
•    Pharaoh: “I’ve had a dream, but nobody can explain to me what it means. But I’ve heard that when you hear a dream, you can explain the meaning of the dream.”
•    “I can’t do it,” Joseph answered Pharaoh, “but God will answer Pharaoh’s question.”
•    [Pharaoh told Joseph his two dreams — reiterate details]
•    “I told these dreams to the magicians, but none of them could explain them to me.”
•    Joseph: “both mean the same thing. God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years. The seven good heads of grain are the same seven years..”
•    “The seven thin, ugly cows are seven more years. The seven worthless heads of grain that were dried up by the east wind are these same seven years. They represent seven bad years, when there won’t be enough food.”
•    “God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. Seven years with plenty of food are coming to the whole land of Egypt.”
•    “But seven years of terrible hunger will follow them.”
•    “The people won’t remember the good years.”
•    “The reason God gave the dream in two forms in because the matter is firmly decided by God, and because it will happen soon.”
•    “Pharaoh should put a wise and understanding man in charge.”
•    “Officials should put 1/5 grain in the cities during the 7 good years.”
•    Pharaoh: “The spirit of God is in this man.”
•    Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of his palace, and second in command — in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
•    Ceremony: ring for stamping official papers off Pharaoh’s finger to Joseph; fine linen robes; gold chain around his neck.
•    Joseph in a chariot — people went in front shouting, “Get down on your knees!”
•    Joseph renamed Zaphenath-Paneah (zaf-e’-nath-pa-ne’-a) and given Asenath (as’-e-nath) as wife. Asenath was dauther of Potiphera, priest of On.
•    Joseph 30 yrs old when he began serving Pharaoh — he traveled all over Egypt.
•    Seven years — more food than the people needed; Joseph collected the extra food, stored it in the cities.

  • Countless as sand of sea, Joseph stopped keeping records of the stored grain.
  • During this time, two sons were born to Joseph: MANASSEH [making to forget] — “God has made me forget all of my trouble and my father’s whole family”; EPHRAIM [making fruitful] — “God has given me children in the land where I’ve suffered so much”
  • Seven plenty years ended
  • Bad seven years began — not enough food in any of the other lands, but enough in Egypt — [ask the kids if they know anybody in any “other land” that might be getting hungry? family Israel in Canaan]
  • the people of Egypt began to cry to Pharaoh for food
  • “Go to Joseph”
  • Joseph opened the storerooms and sold grain to the Egyptians
  • people came from all of the other countries to buy grain from Joseph