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The text for this lesson is Genesis 40–41

Key Point

  • God used Joseph to save His people, all Egypt, and other nations from famine. He sent His Son, Jesus, to save all humanity from sin, death, and the devil.
  • Law: My sin causes suffering for me and for my neighbor, and I cannot take care of it.
  • Gospel: In His love, God takes care of my needs, both physical and spiritual, forgiving all my sins for the sake of Jesus, who suffered, died, and rose again for me.

Discussion Points

  1. What role do Christians have in our nation’s government? Would you ever consider serving in a public office? Why or why not?
  2. As a class, recount Joseph’s journey from favored son to prisoner in Egypt. How does this path of humiliation parallel the journey of our Lord Jesus Christ in Philippians 2:5–8?
  3. Compare and contrast the dreams that the cupbearer and the baker each had and their interpretations. How are they alike? How are they different? Also, what request did Joseph make of the cupbearer, and how was it answered?
  4. Summarize the details of Pharaoh’s dream in 41:1–8 and again in 41:17–24. Why was Pharaoh so troubled by his dreams? What help did God send him? How did Joseph speak the testimonies of the true, triune God before Pharaoh as he interpreted the king’s dream?
  5. Read Genesis 41:33–45. How does Joseph being brought out of prison and his interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream parallel our Lord’s exaltation in Philippians 2:9–11?
  6. Joseph is an inspiring example of patiently bearing with afflictions until the Lord God chooses to exalt him. How do you react to times of suffering or affliction? When you must endure trials and hardships, what help and comfort can you find in the following passages? Look up James 1:2–4, 12–18; 1 Peter 1:3–9; 2 Corinthians 12:7–10; and 1 Corinthians 10:12–13.
  7. How does God use you in your specific vocation(s), with your unique abilities, talents, cares, and concerns, to provide for people around you?

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