Year 1, Fall: Lesson 7
What we learned today
Big Idea: God is faithful
Jacob Wrestles with God. Genesis 27v41—28v17; 32—33. Jacob wrestles with God, refusing to let go until God blesses him. God reunites Jacob and Esau, repairing the relationship between the brothers.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: God redeems
Joseph (Part 1). Genesis 37; 39—41. God saves Joseph through His power and plans. God redeems Joseph from slavery and prison and uses him to save the lives of many other people.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
Joseph was his father Jacob’s favorite son because he was the firstborn son of Jacob’s beloved wife, Rachel.
Joseph’s brothers were so jealous of him that they faked his death and sold him into slavery.
While Joseph was working in the home of Potiphar, he was framed by Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison.
God redeemed Joseph’s imprisonment and blessed him in spite of the difficult circumstances he faced.
Connect as a family
Pray together as a family. Spend some time asking God what He might want each of you to hear from Him. Read Genesis 37v12–36 and 41v41–49. Tell your children that God redeemed Joseph, and He redeems each one of us. Share a story showing God’s redemption in your own life. Let your kids know God can redeem their stories as well.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What did Joseph’s brothers do to him? Why did they do this?
How did God redeem Joseph’s situation?
Is there anything in your life you would like God to redeem?
Comparing your child to others can stir feelings of jealousy and cause your child to act out in inappropriate ways. Instead, point out the things that make your child unique and special. This will help your child to feel loved for who she is.
Remind your child that while God doesn’t always choose to rescue us from our present circumstances, He can redeem them.
Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you know that the God of Israel redeemed you. May you trust in God your Redeemer.