I had the great privilege to teach a grade 2 Religious Instruction class this week on the story of Joseph (Gen 37-47).
- How Joseph, as the favourite of his father, and the despised of his brothers, was thrown into a dried up well while his brothers decided whether to kill or sell him.
- How following his sale to traders, Joseph was taken to Egypt (37:1-28) where he became the slave of a man named Potiphar.How in Potiphar’s service he worked so diligently that he was promoted to master of the house, before malicious lies (cue question from super intelligent grade 2: “What lies were they Mr Paul?” Reply: “Adult lies”. Question “What type of adult lies?” Reply: “Google it when you get home kids!”) resulted in his return to prison (39:1-21).
- How despite these circumstances, Joseph took the decision to continue to serve and as the result of his heart, attitude and God’s favour, ended up in charge of the prison (39:22).
- How in this context, he came into contact with Pharaoh’s former baker and cup bearer who were imprisoned and both had dreams which they couldn’t understand.
- How, because of Joseph’s connectedness to God and his willingness to serve, he was able to interpret their dreams and ask them to remember him if they got out of prison. While this didn’t happen immediately, another 2 years passed with Joseph in jail, he was eventually remembered when the Pharaoh had an uninterpretable dream (41:1-36) and the cup bearer remembered Joseph.
- How Joseph was able to explain, through God’s provision, what the dream meant to Pharaoh and outline a potential plan to deal with it’s consequences.
- How at Joseph’s proposed plan, the Pharaoh recognised Joseph’s continued willingness to seek the common good and appointed him to this position.
- How this enabled him to reconnect with and ultimately save his family as they came to Egypt in search of food in the midst of a famine.