Saturday, August 24, 2013

Genesis: Joseph Reunited With His Family in Egypt
Today's lesson finishes up the book of Genesis and Joseph! Next quarter will be Moses and there is so much to learn from him! We continued our Joseph in Egypt lesson with the kids wearing the Egyptian outfits. There is a quick printable project for today. It is a good reminder to love God no matter what is happening in your life. Joseph stayed faithful while he was a servant and stayed faithful even with all the power he was given in Egypt. There are so many lessons that could be learned from Joseph & Moses! Thanks for stopping by!
Review: This is our last week that we will be learning about Joseph. His brothers sold him, and the traders took him to Egypt where he was sold again to Potiphar. Last week, the butler and chief baker were put in prison with Joseph. Joseph told them what their dreams meant.
When Pharaoh needed his dreams interpreted, the butler remembered Joseph. Joseph told Pharaoh what the dreams meant. They were going to have 7 good years and then 7 years of famine. (Not enough food) Pharaoh put Joseph second in command; Joseph only had to answer to Pharaoh. God was with Joseph. He had two sons.
Joseph stored up all the food he could during the 7 good years and today, our lesson is during the 7 famine years.
This week's lesson is found in Genesis 42-50. During the famine, Joseph’s family is worried about food and decided to go to Egypt to buy corn. Only ten of the brothers went, Benjamin didn’t go.  Joseph is the governor (or prince) of Egypt. Remember, everyone had to talk to Joseph in order to buy food in Egypt.  When they went before Joseph, and bowed, he recognized them, but they didn’t know who Joseph was. Joseph asked them “Why are you here” and the brothers told Joseph that they wanted to buy food. Joseph said “No, you are spies.”
They told Joseph that they were brothers and the youngest was still at home with their father.  Joseph told them to send one brother home to get the youngest and the others would have to stay in Egypt until they proved they were not spies. The brothers started talking to each other saying that this was punishment for what they did to Joseph. Joseph was using an interpreter so the brothers thought he couldn’t understand them, but when Joseph heard what they said, he had to turn away to cry.
Joseph tied up Simeon and had his brethren's sacks filled with the corn and he ordered the money they brought to be put in the sacks. When the brothers went to feed the animals, they found the money. Joseph's brothers almost passed out! (Genesis 42:28) They were so scared to find the money in the corn sacks!

They told their father that the governor of Egypt talked mean to them and accused them of being spies.
When the food ran out again, the brothers worried about returning to Egypt for more food. But Egypt was the only country with food to sell. They told Jacob that the governor told them not to return unless they brought their youngest brother.
The brothers returned to Egypt and told Joseph’s servant that they had returned with the money that was in their sacks last time and enough money to buy more food. Simeon was brought out to them. Then, the brothers were taken into Joseph’s house and waited until noon to see Joseph.

They bowed at his feet (just as Joseph's dreams said they would!) and Joseph asked how they were and is their father still alive? They told Joseph that their father is good and then Joseph looked up and saw his young brother, Benjamin.
Joseph had to leave, because he was so happy to see Benjamin, he wanted to cry.  Later, Joseph fed his brothers and sent them gifts. Joseph sent Benjamin 5 times the gifts that he sent to his other brothers.
Joseph had their sacks filled full of food. Again, he had their money put in the sacks and he had his silver cup put in Benjamin’s sack. After just a little time passed, Joseph had his servants follow the brothers and ask them if they repaid Joseph by stealing from him. Joseph's servants searched every sack and found the money and silver cup. When Joseph told them that the one’s sack that held the silver cup would have to stay and be a servant, they said that they couldn’t do that. They told Joseph that their father would die if they came back without Benjamin.
Joseph started to cry. He sent all of his servants out and with only his brothers left, Joseph told them that he was Joseph, their brother! He said not to be upset, because it was God’s plan for him to be in Egypt during this famine. Joseph hugged Benjamin and told them to bring their families to Egypt to live because there was still 5 years of famine, and he didn’t want them to die.
Joseph gave his brothers wagons and food to get back home. When the brothers told Jacob that Joseph was still alive and governor of Egypt, Jacob couldn’t believe what they were saying. Jacob decided to go see Joseph. He was 130 years old.
Joseph climbed in his chariot to go see Jacob when he arrived in Egypt, and they were so happy to see each other! Jacob went before Pharaoh and after they talked, Joseph took his family out to the best land in Egypt. Pharaoh told them to live there.
Jacob was able to meet Joseph’s 2 sons Manasseh & Ephraim. Jacob lived in Egypt for 17 years before he died (147 years). Joseph was 110 when he died, and he was buried in Egypt. For the kids take home, I used the above brown bags (far right, at Hobby Lobby) and we put corn inside. I found the clear glasses at Dollar Tree and used the silver paint to paint them. I gave them a money bag for that part of the lesson, then they added the silver cup at the correct time. The brown money bags I purchase on eBay a lot cheaper, and they come from out of the country, so give yourself time if you plan to buy them that way.
For the teacher visuals I used during the lesson, I found the silver cup at Party City, I used the same money bags the kids were given. I found the bags at Hobby Lobby for $1.99, in their assorted bag department. Then I added the corn (Purchased at TSC, or local farm supply store) into both bags. For the first bag, I just added the money bag, then the second bag, I added the money bag and the small silver cup.
Today's project is a quick one but is a great reminder to love God and our family. Joseph put God first and obey Him, and he still loved his brothers even though they sold him into slavery. These are in black & white so they can be printed on color cardstock/paper. Cut the 2 large hearts as one so it can be folded in half. I used a hole punch and added ribbon so the kids can hang on these on their door handles. Or you can just fold them like a card. The kids will have heart stickers to add to them, or you can let them draw and color hearts. (The photo shows the front & back.) You can print it here.
You can print all the Genesis worksheets here.
This is a variety pack for Genesis 39-46 since it covers so much!
There is a visual(s) for each event that is in these chapters.

Click here to download the pictures to color.
(These are the same as the visuals but are black & white.)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.
Here is the cut & glue lift-the-flap worksheet that can be used by itself, or with the lapbook printables.
Here are the lapbook printables:
lapbook 1
lapbook 2
lapbook 3 
See all the Genesis cut and paste worksheets and lapbook printables here.


  1. I want to be in your class! Thanks for sharing your wonderful teaching ideas and resources.

    Blessings to you and your ministry!

    Merri Dennis

    1. LOL! I actually get that a lot from people walking by the class! Thank you! Such a nice comment! I appreciate it! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This is so clear again. Love how you have highlighted important bits with yellow, and great illustrations. Thank you for sharing on Motivational Monday

    1. Thanks for the really nice comment! I appreciate you visiting, and thanks for hosting the link up parties!

  3. Thank you for all of the time you have put in this lesson. It is really wonderful to have access to such wonderful lesson ideas for my Sunday school class.

  4. Thank you for the great lesson! Our Children's Church lessons match the pastor's sermon and he has been doing a series on Joseph. We are at the end of the story and I couldn't find resources anywhere! I know the kids are going to love making their own "sacks"! We're using real pennies instead and play doh cups hopefully! I'm sure I'll be coming back to your site often. :) Thank you again!

  5. this might could be used for several bible lessons. I don't know how to add pictures but I needed it for my bible class on Wed nights. We were studying how the Biblical people couldn't run to the store and get a loaf of bread. I had taken the mortar and pestle to class and had gotten Millet from the health food store for the kids to take turns grinding it up to make a powder. Didn't have any wheat so used that. The kids loved it and was fascinated by it. and seen how hard they had to work to get a loaf of bread. Not counting cutting it by hand the wheat and what all they had to do to get the wheat grains to make into flour.

  6. THANKS FOR YOUR BLESSING JOB!!! Please, check the link of full page Bible verse to print. Here is the link from the Lesson #12. Thanks

  7. Can you tell me the size of the larger white bag with the zipper? I can't find them and have just decided to try to find them online somewhere. Thank you!

    1. Suzanne, I don't see the same one that is pictured, so basically just look at your local craft store and see what they have for the best price. The one pictures is 6" tall x 5.5" wide and it looks small to me now. Here is one at Michaels: I put drawstring bag in the search, or cotton bag, or muslin bag. Amazon has a lot of choices, but I didn't see a good size online at Hobby Lobby; but they might have something at the store.

  8. In the "Joseph in Egypt - Reunited with Family" Lesson

  9. Thank you a million time over for these lessons. My S.S. class LOVES the activities and the take home items help them remember everything. You are a real blessing to many!

  10. These coloring pages are THE BEST!!! Thank you so much! This is exactly what I was looking for for my Wednesday night class! Keep up the wonderful work!

  11. I like your ideas on Joseph. I got the trophy 🏆 cups at $ tree and used them for the cup that was put in Benjamin's bag. they have silver and gold colors I'll be teaching this about the middle of march.


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