(Genesis 42:6-25a; 9/20/20; Dr. Baines, Jr.)
Introduction: A key idea in today’s lesson is that Joseph sends his brothers to fetch Benjamin. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live godly lives even when tempted to be vindictive.
Summary Highlights: In vss. 6-17, Joseph is in charge of selling grain to all of the people. His brothers show up to buy grain. He recognizes them, but they don’t recognize him. He accuses them of being spies. He places them in custody for three days and plans to send someone to get the younger brother, while the rest stay in prison.
In vss. 18-25a, on the third day of being held in captivity, Joseph gives instructions for Simeon to be held in prison while the rest of the brothers go and fetch Benjamin (i.e., the younger brother). The brothers agree.
There is an exchange among the brothers about how their mistreating of Joseph is the cause of their trouble. After Joseph regains his composure, he sends the brothers away with grain and their silver.
1. Promotion and revenge. Notice in vss. 6, 7, 9 that God promoted Joseph in Egypt. .....Let’s work on focusing on God’s will for our lives, instead of being distracted by any notion of revenge.
2. A 20 year gap. Notice in vs. 9 that Joseph remembered what God said. ..... Let’s work on trusting God to keep His word.
3. Listen more, speak less. Notice in vs. 13 that Joseph’s brothers shared information that led to further distress for them. .....Let’s listen more and speak less especially when stress comes.
4. Joseph’s example. Notice in vss. 14-18, 24-25a that we see several characteristics of Joseph. .....Let’s work on adopting the positive characteristics of Joseph.
5. Watch what you say under high stress. Notice in vss. 21-22 that the brothers talk about how God is punishing them. .....Let’s be mindful of what we say in the times of trouble and stay focused on obeying God’s will with confidence.Click here for the other Sunday School material. Click here for home page.