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Seeing Jesus in the Life of Joseph

Joseph was Jacob’s beloved son

Because of Jesus, we are God’s beloved children

 

The Lord was with Joseph

The Lord is with me always

 

The Lord raised Joseph from prison to palace

Jesus raised us from sin and death to eternal life

 

Joseph saved his family and forgave them

Jesus is my forgiving savior!

 

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Joseph: The Forgiving Saviour

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God raised Joseph to be Ruler of Egypt to save the world

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. He was wrongly accused. He was sent to prison. But God raised him up to be the one who would save his family, the whole of Egypt and other countries from the famine.

“… it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.” Gen 45:5

Jesus was betrayed by his own disciple. He was sentenced to death despite being innocent. Yet through His death on the cross, He defeated death. And God raised Him up to be the King of kings who would save the world from their sin.

 

Joseph forgave his brothers and showed them grace.

No matter how bad his brothers were, Joseph still loved them and forgave them. Joseph told his brothers not to blame themselves — that God had allowed what they did for His greater plan … all the bad He turned for good.

Joseph not only forgave them but also invited them to live with him where he could provide for them always.

Even after their father died, and the brothers were afraid that Joseph will seek his revenge, he reassured them. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” (Gen 50:20-21)

No matter how bad we are, Jesus still loves us and forgave us. Jesus forgave us for our sin and showed us grace. He died for us while we were still sinners. He gave us His life — in Him we are always provided and cared for.

Because of Jesus, we can forgive others who hurt us, just like Joseph forgave his brothers.

 

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Joseph: Promoted to Glory

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The Lord was all Joseph had — and he was enough.

Joseph had nothing. He was a slave and slaves had no rights. The people who owned them can beat them to death and they will not be punished.

But Joseph rose from a slave to the second most important man in Egypt How was he able to interpret Pharoah’s dream, when even the wisest men in Egypt could not do it?

Joseph told Pharoah that he was not able to interpret the dream but God was able to do it.

You see, although Joseph had nothing, he had the Lord, and the Lord was enough because he gave Joseph all the wisdom he needed.

 

God restored (gave back) to Joseph more than he lost

Joseph was 17 years old when he was sold as a slave by his own brothers. He lost his family, home and even his own rights. He spent 13 years of his life as a slave and in prison. It would almost seem like he was going nowhere and his life was wasted. But at the age of 30, God promoted Joseph to be the second most important man in Egypt, a powerful nation.

There may be times in our life when things are going wrong and we feel sad or upset. We may have lost our friends when we changed classes/school, or our brother/sister broke our favourite toy.

When Jesus died on the cross, he took all our sins and punishments so that we can have God’s blessings of provision.

As God restored to Joseph more than what he lost, he will also give to us more than we lost.

Whatever sin took away from us — love, joy, peace, patience, health, wealth etc — Jesus restored on the Cross in exchange for His blood.

 

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Joseph: The Lord was with Him

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God was with Joseph.

Joseph was sold by his own brothers and ended up a slave in Egypt … far from his father and home.

But the good news is, God never left Joseph, and He was with him in Egypt.

Today, when we believe in Jesus, God’s Holy Spirit is in us forever. So no matter what happens, always remember that God is always with us!

 

God’s presence gave Joseph favour and success.

Because of Joseph, Potiphar and all he had were blessed by God too!

Even in prison, the Lord granted Joseph favour in the eyes of the prison warden who put him in charge of all in the prison.

When we have Jesus, we have His favour and success. And all around us are blessed because of us. We are blessed to be a blessing!

 

God’s presence gave Joseph power to resist temptation.

When Potiphar’s wife tried to get Joseph to do something bad, Joseph refused because:

  • He knew his master trusted him
  • He knew his position in the house — he could have everything except his master’s wife
  • He knew God had blessed him so much … so how could He sin against God?

Jesus was also tempted in every way, yet He did not sin.

When we believe in Jesus, we become Jesus’ boys and girls. When we know who we are and who we belong to (Jesus), we can also say no to sin and temptation. We don’t have to listen to or follow our friends when they do naughty things. We can remind ourselves, “I’m a Jesus-boy/girl, and I don’t do these sort of things!”

Joseph was falsely accused and punished for what He did not do.

Jesus was also falsely accused by the chief priests and false witnesses (Matt 26:59-60).

Jesus took the punishment that was meant for us.

And there was a time when even God left Jesus’ presence — as He was hanging on the cross, carrying all our sin and shame, Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt 28:46).

Because of Jesus, we can have God’s presence and favour in our life!

 

 
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Joseph: The Beloved Son

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Joseph was Jacob’s beloved Son; Jesus is God’s beloved son & we are all God’s beloved children.

Jacob trusted Joseph to check on his brothers and bring back reports for him.

Jacob blessed Joseph with a beautiful colourful coat as a mark that he was the beloved son.

This reminds us that Jesus was God’s beloved son.

When Jesus was on earth, twice God spoke from heaven to declare, “This is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased.”

But because of Jesus, we are all now God’s beloved children. Unlike Jacob, God doesn’t play favourites. So we don’t have to be jealous of each other. God sees us in His beloved son, Jesus, so He loves all of us just the same!

So we can live each day knowing that our Father’s favour and grace is on us always.

Romans 9:24, “I will call those who were not my people, ‘my people,’ and he who was not beloved, ‘beloved’.”

 

Joseph’s brothers tried to kill the Dreamer. But God’s dreams don’t die.

God had a purpose for Joseph’s life. And even though his brothers tried to stop it by selling him off, God continued to work in Joseph’s life to bring it to reality (as we will find out more in the next few lessons).

Jesus also was rejected by his brothers. He was betrayed by his disciple for 30 pieces of silver, whipped and crucified.

The devil thought he had destroyed God’s plan of saving the world. He thought he had won! But he was wrong.

God used the devil’s evil plans to bring His own plan of salvation to reality.

 

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Genesis: Leah & Rachel

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God blessed the world through Leah

God doesn’t choose people the way the world chooses. The world chooses the biggest, best and strongest. God chooses the weakest and lovely so that His strength and greatness can be shown through them.

God chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, the weak things to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. (1 Corinthians 1:27-28)

Leah was unwanted and unloved by her father (who was eager to get rid of her) and her husband (who made his preference for Rachel obvious to all).

Yet God chose her and blessed all of mankind through Leah’s 4th son Judah. Jesus Christ was descended from the line of Judah.

 

Even if no one else loves us … God loves us!

In fact, God loved us sooooo much, that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for us and save us from our sin. (John 3:16)

Jesus loved God’s people, whether they are beautiful or ugly, good or bad. They didn’t need to be beautiful for Him to love them. He would love them with all His heart. And they would be beautiful because He loved them.

If you ever looked in the mirror and said, “No one loves me” … always remember that Jesus loves you most of all!

Do you know anyone who needs to know how much Jesus loves them? Let’s share Jesus’ love to everyone!

 

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Genesis: Esau & Jacob

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Bad Brothers, Good God

Jacob was a liar and a cheat. He thought of ways to take what didn’t belong to him — Esau’s birthright and blessing.

Esau was a careless — he sold his birthright for some soup and bread. Esau was murderous — he wanted to kill Jacob.

But through it all, God was with the brothers. He never left them. He knew their weaknesses, and he still worked through them to accomplish his good and wonderful plans through them, even when they messed things up.

When Jacob ran away from Esau, he slept in the middle of the desert and had a dream. God appeared to him and told him that He will watch over and protect him and bless him greatly. “All this I will do. Be sure of this, I am with you. I will never leave you or forsake you.”

 

Esau showed grace

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The story doesn’t end there. Twenty years later, when Jacob wanted to bring his large family back to his homeland, he was very worried that Esau would still be angry with him. He brought all sorts of gifts to try to appease Esau. He went to meet his brother (who was accompanied with 400 men) and bowed down to the ground 7 times.

But surprisingly, Esau ran to meet his brother, hugged him tightly and kissed him. And they both wept. Esau met and welcomed all of Jacob’s family. Despite all the wrong Jacob had done to him, Esau had forgiven him. Esau showed him grace. Just like the father who ran to welcome the prodigal son who spent all his money and returned dirty and smelly.

This is a picture of God’s unmerited grace through Jesus.

Just as Jacob schemed, lied, deceived, cheated, and caused great heartache and pain to Esau, we have done likewise to our heavenly Father.

Just as Jacob struggled and tried by his own efforts to earn Esau’s forgiveness and found it all unnecessary, we do the same by trying to be good to earn God’s favor.

And finally, just as Esau extended grace and forgiveness to Jacob despite all the injustices and suffering, God’s amazing grace is extended to us when we accept His gift of forgiveness in Jesus Christ!

 

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Genesis: God Created the World (7 lessons on Creation)

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For the younger kids (preschoolers), we spread the lessons on Creation (Genesis 1) over 8 weeks — 1 day of creation per week + a review — with a Jesus’ focus for each day.

You can get lots of ideas on story telling, songs and activities at the Ministry to Children site.

 

1. Weekly lesson’s JESUS focus:

Day 1: God created the world and light

  • Why is light important? (get kids to give some answers, e.g. so we can see where we are going, so we won’t be afraid, gives life and brightness to our world etc)
  • Do you know …  Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12)
  • When we have Jesus, we have His light. We can see where we are going, we won’t be afraid, and we have His life!
  • Thank you Jesus for bringing light to the world!

 

Day 2: God created sky 

  • Do you know … Jesus is coming again on the clouds/through the sky (Matt 26:64; Acts 1:11)
  • After Jesus died and rose again, He went back to heaven through the clouds. His disciples were all standing and looking up into the sky as Jesus was taken up. Suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them and said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.”
  • So when we see the sky and clouds that God has created, we remember that one day, Jesus will come back again for us!
  • Thank you Jesus that You are coming back again for us on the clouds/through the sky!

 

Day 3: God created land and plants

  • Do you know … Jesus is the tree and we are His branches?
  • John 15:5 I am the fruit tree and you are the branches. I will be in the person who is in me. That person will have a fruitful life. But you can do nothing without me.
  • (NIV) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 
  • Jesus is the tree. When we believe in Jesus, we become part of the tree — its branches. Just like the branches get life and nutrients from the tree and produces many fruits, we get life from Jesus and our lives will be fruitful!
  • Thank you Jesus for being the tree that gives us life!

 

Day 4: God created sun, moon, light

  • Do you know … Jesus is always with us?
  • Isaiah 60:19 The sun will no more by your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.
  • The sun is seen in the day time; the moon and stars are seen at night. But Jesus is the everlasting light — everlasting means all the time, forever and forever.
  • With Jesus, we will never be in darkness. He is with us always, forever and forever.
  • Thank you Jesus for being our everlasting light!

 

Day 5: God created fish & birds

  • Do you know … Jesus reminds us not to worry — God takes care of the birds; God takes care of me!
  • Matthew 6:26  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
  • The birds do not have to labour hard or build big factories to keep their food because God takes good care of them.
  • We are much more important to God than the birds.
  • God will always take care of us!
  • So we do not have to worry about our life — what we will eat or drink, what we will wear.
  • Thank you Jesus for reminding us not to worry!

 

Day 6a: God created Animals

  • Do you know … Jesus is the victorious Lion King!
  • Revelations 5:5 See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.
  • Jesus has many names in the Bible. One of them is Lion of Judah.
  • The Lion is often known as the King of the animals. It is a big, strong cat, with a majestic mane and a roar that can be heard from 8 kilometers away! When chasing a prey, it can run as fast as 81km/h. It is often used as a symbol of royalty and victory.
  • When we see lions, we remember that Jesus is the Lion of Judah — He died for us and rose again, defeating sin and death — He is our Victorious King!
  • Thank you Jesus for being our victorious Lion King!

 

Day 6b: God created Man & Woman

  • We are God’s masterpiece — the crowning glory of His whole creation, His favouritest part of all His work!
  • Psalm 139:14 “I praise you, for I am wonderfully made”.

 

Day 7: God Rested

  • God rested after his creation work was finished: He created the world in 6 days — the heavens, the earth and its inhabitants, including man — saw that it was “very good”. Then on the 7th day, God rested.
  • Jesus gives us rest after His work on the cross was finished: When Jesus died on the cross, He said, “It was finished.” Jesus’ work on the Cross was complete. Jesus was “very good”, and His work was “very good”. Because of that, we don’t have to try to be “very good” on our own. No matter how good or bad we are, God always loves us. So we can just rest in His love and know that we can be God’s children because of what Jesus did on the cross.

 

2. THEME SONG:

Seven Days of Creation (Tune of “Are You Sleeping Brother John” with actions; add 1 verse per lesson)

God created: God created
Night and Day: Night and Day
That was on the first day: That was on the first day,
It was good: It was good.

God created: God created,
Sky and Clouds: Sky and Clouds
That was on the second day: That was on the second day
It was good: It was good.

God created: God created,
Land and Plants: Land and Plants
That was on the third day: That was on the third day,
It was good: It was good.

God created: God created,
Sun, Moon, and Stars: Sun, Moon, and Stars
That was on the fourth day: That was on the fourth day
It was good: It was good.

God created: God created,
Birds and Fish: Birds and Fish
That was on the fifth day: That was on the fifth day
It was good: It was good.

God created: God created
Creatures on Land;
People too!
That was on the sixth day: That was on the sixth day
It was good: It was good.

I am special, I am special
Don’t you see? Don’t you see?
Someone very special, Someone very special
God made me
God made me!

Then God rested: Then God rested
From His work: From His work.
That was on the seventh day: That was on the seventh day
All was good: All was good.

Let’s sing praises: Let’s sing praises
To our God: To our God
He is everywhere, giving love and care
God is good: God is good

 

 

1. HOOK

  • Who knows what a promise is? What do you do what you make a promise? Do you shake hands on it? Do you do a pinky-promise? Do you spit?
  • When you hear someone say, “I promise,” what comes to mind? Do you sigh in relief or prepare to be disappointed? Your reaction most likely comes from your past—good or bad.
  • The truth is, people will sometimes let us down, but God is always dependable. He can be trusted. Our heavenly Father is always faithful to keep His promises.
  • God is a Covenant-making, Promise-keeping God!

 

2. LESSON: The Abrahamic Covenant

a. What is a Covenant?

  • God is a covenant-making God:
    He makes promises with His people, and He keeps them!

     A Covenant is:

  • More than a contract
  • 2 parties/people becoming 1 (e.g. marriage)
    • What’s mine is yours; what’s yours is mine
    • Someone hurt you = someone hurting me
    • For life; till death do us part
  • Usually signed by blood or exchange of personal belongings (e.g. wedding rings)
  • Penalty for breaking covenant = death
  • There are 3 major covenants in the Bible:
    • Abrahamic Covenant
    • Mosaic (Old) Covenant
    • New Covenant (like the name of our church, tNCC)
  • Today we will look at the covenant God made with Abraham

 

b. God made a covenant with Abraham (Gen 12, 15)

  • God had a special friend. His name was Abraham.
  • God loved Abraham very much and wanted to promise him many good things:
    • A Promised Land to call home
    • Abraham’s family will be a great nation
    • Abraham’s seed/descendent will bless all families of the world
  • God told Abraham not to be afraid because God was always with Him. “I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” (Gen 15:1). God is our protection and source of blessings.
  • All these were awesome promises! But there was only 1 problem … Abraham was already an old man (75 yrs old!) but he didn’t have any children! How was he to become a great nation?
  • God showed Abraham the stars in the skies. So many stars! Have you ever tried counting the stars? Impossible right? God told Abraham that he will have as many descendants as the number of stars in the sky.
  • Still Abraham wanted proof! “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?”
  • So God decided to cut a covenant with Abraham as a guarantee of His promise.
  • He asked Abraham to bring a:
    • 3-year-old heifer/cow
    • 3-year-old female goat
    • 3-year-old ram
    • turtledove
    • young pigeon
  • Abraham brought all these animals and cut them into 2 and placed them opposite each other.
  • The meaning? “If any of us break this covenant, we will end up like these animals … dead and split into 2.” That’s how serious a covenant was!

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  • Abraham thought he was going to make the covenant with God. Quite scary right? If he broke his part of the covenant, he’d die like those animals!
  • But God, in His grace and mercy, put Abraham into deep sleep.
  • While Abraham slept, God walked through the animal parts all by Himself in the form of a smoking oven and a burning torch!
  • God was BOTH parties in this covenant. God cut the covenant to show Abraham how serious His promise was. He had promised Abraham a land, a great family nation and a Seed that will bless the whole world.
  • Abraham had no part to play in making or keeping it; he was just the beneficiary!
  • This covenant cannot fail because God cannot fail! Isn’t God amazing?

 

c. Abrahamic Covenant a picture of the New Covenant today

  • On the cross, Jesus’ death was the final fulfilment of God’s covenant with Abraham — the Seed that will bless the whole world.
  • On the cross, Jesus’ death was also the start of the New Covenant.
  • Jesus’ body was broken and bloody just like the animals.
  • God the Father walked through the broken and bloody body of Jesus to cut the New Covenant with us.
  • We had no part to play in making the New Covenant or keeping it. Hence we cannot break a covenant we didn’t cut.
  • We become part of the New Covenant by faith in Christ. We are just the beneficiary of the New Covenant!
  • This New Covenant also cannot fail because God cannot fail. Isn’t God amazing?

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

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  • Memory Verse Activity: Gen 15:1 “I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

God tells Abraham to sacrifice Isaac

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Lesson: God Provides the Lamb



1. Story:

  • Tell the story of God telling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac from Genesis 22:1-19.
  • Abraham was a friend of God.
  • Remember all the promises God promised Him? One of them was that God promised Abraham as many children as the stars. And though Abraham had no children for many, many years, God finally gave him a son, Isaac.
  • One day, God told Abraham, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love … Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering.”
  • Abraham waited so long for his son. And now he had one, God was asking him to sacrifice him?
  • Abraham couldn’t understand; but he knew God, he knew God loved Him, and he trusted God.
  • So the next morning, Abraham took his son Isaac and set off to the place where God told him to go. He carried the fire and knife, and put the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s back.
  • As they walked up the hill, Isaac asked his father, “The fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
  • Abraham answered, “God will provide the lamb.”
  • When they reached, Abraham then built an alter and arranged wood on it. Then he bound Isaac and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.
  • How do you think Isaac felt? He definitely couldn’t understand! But he knew his father, he knew his father loved Him, and he trusted his father.
  • As Abraham reached out his hand raised the knife high, suddenly the angel of the Lord called out, “Abraham! Abraham! Stop! Don’t hurt the boy. I want him to live and not die. I know now that you love me because you would have given me your only son.”
  • Abraham must have been so relieved. He looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. He took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son, and called that place, “The Lord will Provide.”
  • God then blessed Abraham again, “Because you obeyed me, even when I asked you to do a hard thing, I will richly bless you. From you will become a great nation, and all people on earth will ask you to be blessed the way I have blessed you, all because you obeyed my command.”
2. Lesson: Good News for Today!
  • From this story, we see God’s heart and a shadow of His redemption plan.
  • God:
    • wants His people to live, not die
    • wants to rescue His people, not punish them
    • wants His people to just trust Him
  • God promised that one day, through Abraham, He will give the world a sacrifice to tell them how much He loves them.
  • One day, God took His son, His only son, Jesus, whom He loves, and sacrificed Him as a burnt offering.
  • He put the cross on His back and made Him walk up the hill.
  • Like the ram caught in the thorny bush, Jesus had a crown of thorns pressed on His brow as He took the punishment for our sin.
  • God provided Jesus, the lamb of God. Jehovah Jireh!
  • And because of Jesus’ obedience, we all have the same blessing of Abraham.
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that You took our place as the sacrificial lamb. Thank you that You took all our sins and sicknesses on the cross and that You defeated death when You rose 3 days later. Thank you that we have life and blessings because of You. Amen!”