Bible Stories for Adults
Joseph Forgives His Brothers
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Bible Words to Remember:
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Brotherly Love (Genesis 37)
How well did Joseph get along with his brothers?
How did Joseph contribute to this animosity?
Genesis 37:2, 5
How did the brothers take out their anger towards their spoiled brother?
Genesis 37:23-24, 28
What did the brothers tell their father and how did Jacob respond?
Good News / Bad News (Genesis 39-41)
How did things go for Joseph in Egypt?
Genesis 39:2, 4
How did Joseph's situation change in a way that may have seemed that God deserted him?
Genesis 39:7, 10, 14, 20
How did God remember Joseph in prison?
Genesis 39:21, 23
What happened some time later that seemed like a way out for Joseph?
Genesis 40:2, 4, 8, 14
Did the cupbearer work for Joseph's release when he was restored as Joseph had foretold?
How did this actually lead to Joseph's release in an entirely unexpected way?
Genesis 41:1, 8-9, 12, 14
What happened after Joseph said that the dreams foretold 7 abundant & 7 famine years?
Seven and Seven (Genesis 41:46-57)
How did Joseph spend the first seven years of his job for Pharaoh?
Genesis 41:47, 49
How did Joseph know when to stop collecting and to start distributing the grain?
How did Joseph distribute the grain? Did he give it to the Egyptians?
Interesting, But Is It Pertinent? (Genesis 42:1-8)
What do all of these stories about Joseph in Egypt have to do with God's people in Canaan?
Did Jacob's sons get to see their long-lost brother when they went to Egypt?
Why didn't they recognize their own brother?
Genesis 41:45; 42:23
Spies From Canaan (Genesis 42:9-24)
Did Joseph take advantage of the situation and take revenge against his brothers?
If not taking revenge, what was Joseph doing through these accusations?
How did Joseph build on this to see if his brothers had changed?
Why did the brothers think this was happening to them?
Did Joseph get a chance to hear his brothers' remorse?
Another Difficult Message for Dad (Genesis 42:25-38)
How does it become clear that Joseph had forgiven his brothers & wasn't seeking revenge?
What did the brothers think when they found the silver in their packs?
How did Jacob respond when the brothers told him their story?
How did Reuben try to get Jacob's confidence, and did it work?
When Ya Gotta Go... (Genesis 43:1-14)
What made Jacob reconsider his decision not to let Benjamin go to Egypt?
Who put his own neck on the line to convince Jacob to send Benjamin?
What did Jacob decide?
A Confusing Fellowship Meal (Genesis 43:15-34)
What happened as soon as the brothers reached Joseph?
What did the brothers think about being taken to Joseph's house?
How did Joseph's steward calm their fears?
How did the brothers respond when Joseph arrived for lunch?
What was the most valuable gift Joseph received from them?
How did this lunch become even more confusing?
What other strange thing did the brothers see at this meal?
Stolen Silver (Genesis 44)
Did Joseph let the brothers go home, never to see them again or reveal himself to them?
How did the brothers respond to accusations of stealing the governor's silver cup?
What happened when the sacks were searched?
What did the brothers do with the prospect of telling Jacob that Benjamin is a slave?
Did Joseph accept this?
Who steps up on Benjamin's behalf?
Luther: What would I not give to be able to pray before the Lord as Judah here interceded for Benjamin, for it is a perfect model of prayer, nay, of the strong feeling which must underlie all prayer.
Joseph Exposed (Genesis 45)
How much further does Joseph continue to push things?
How does Joseph make it clear to them he has forgiven them and holds no grudges?
What further plans did Joseph have?
How was Joseph seeing part of God's plan, but missing the bigger part?
Retiring in the Land of Goshen (Genesis 46-50)
How did the 130 year old Jacob respond to the idea of moving to Egypt?
How did he know it was okay with God to leave Canaan and move to Egypt?
Did Jacob plan to move to Egypt or just visit?
Genesis 46:5-7, 26-27
How did Jacob react when he saw Joseph for the first time in 20 years?
What promise did Jacob ask of Joseph?
Did Joseph fulfill this promise?
Genesis 50:7, 13
God Intended it for Good (Genesis 50:15-21)
What concerned Joseph's brothers after their father died?
How did Joseph respond to their fears?
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