1.12. Genesis: Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream

Thursday, October 20, 2016
This week Joseph is put in charge while he is in prison and we look at Pharaoh's Dreams. This is lesson 12 in the first quarter of a year of Preschool Bible Study that I assist with on Wednesday evening.

 These are the visuals that can be made for this lesson.
 Click here to find the directions for the corn visual.

We have been learning about Joseph. Joseph is found in the book of Genesis (41) in the Old Testament. Genesis is the very first book in the Bible! Joseph’s father Jacob gave Joseph a coat of many colors. Joseph’s brothers were so angry, they threw him in a pit, then sold him to traders. The traders took him to Egypt. Joseph was a servant for Potiphar, but his wife told a lie and Joseph was put in prison.
Last week, the chief baker and chief butler told Joseph about a dream they each had. With God’s help, Joseph told them what their dreams meant and the dreams happened. Just like Joseph had said.
It is two years later and Joseph is still in prison. Pharaoh had dreams that he didn’t understand. Pharaoh dreamed that he stood by a river and seven fat cows came out and ate in a meadow. Then seven sick, skinny cows came up and ate the fat cows.
The next time he slept, he dreamed about seven good ears of corn on one stalk and then seven thin ears of corn came up in the east and ate the good corn. Pharaoh called for his magicians to tell him what they meant, but they didn’t know.
The butler remembered Joseph, and told Pharaoh that Joseph could interpret his dreams. Joseph was brought before Pharaoh.
Pharaoh told Joseph about the dreams. Joseph told him that there would be seven good years of food and then there would be seven years of famine (no food). Joseph told Pharaoh he should put a man in charge of saving food in the seven good years so that in the seven bad years, there would be enough food for the people.
Pharaoh said that Joseph was wise and discreet. Pharaoh put Joseph second in command, a Governor, and only Pharaoh would have more power than Joseph in Egypt!
Joseph was 30 years old. He had two sons during the seven good years and when the seven years of famine (hunger) came, Egypt had all the food they needed. The people in the lands around them ran out of food and when they came to Pharaoh to ask for food, he sent them to Joseph. Whatever Joseph commanded to be done with the food, is what Pharaoh did. So, anyone that wanted to buy food had to see Joseph first.
Joseph was faithful to God, even while he was in prison. God was with Joseph and gave him the answers that Pharaoh wanted. Next week, we will finish our lessons about Joseph. Remember, anyone that wanted to buy food in Egypt, had to see Joseph first. Joseph went from being in prison to being the governor of Egypt.
Since the kids love crowns so much, I created this Pharaoh headpiece that can be used with any lesson with Pharaoh. We used these as part of the project and take home for Pharaoh. There are a couple of different colors and a black and white. Each color choice includes the choice of having the cobra or not. Print on cardstock and add a cardstock strip to make a headband. These are suitable for preschool size heads. Click here to download.

I purchased these Joseph sticker sets and divided them according to each lesson for the four weeks. Each pack makes enough for 3 students.
We used this Flip Chart Song that goes over the Life of Joseph. I divided Joseph into 4 lessons and we sang it each week. Click here to download it.
We used these Magnetic Board Visuals to teach the Joseph lessons. Joseph is divided into 4 lessons and some of these will be used for more than one lesson. These are combined into this one download and includes all the visuals for all the Joseph lessons. Click here to download the set of Joseph MBV.

Also, I combined the four lessons into one download to be used with the MBV. These are the same lessons, but have the corresponding numbers to use each visual. Click here for the MBV lessons.
Click here to download the lesson and a condensed review.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3uNEVAAKowpcV94anlVRWMzQU0/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3uNEVAAKowpYU16MHUzU2Z2c0E/view?usp=sharing


  1. Debbie...You have done a great job with this lesson on Joseph interpreting the Pharaoh's dream. I like all the additions you offer to help teach the lesson. I am pinning this. Thank you for sharing at Monday's Musings. :-)

  2. I'm really finding these lessons helpful. Thank you so much for spending your time doing this.


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