Joseph, Potiphar and His Wife - Trusting God in Difficult Times


Hi Kids! In our past lesson, we learned about Joseph, His Coat and Dreams. Do you remember what happened to Joseph in our last lesson? (Ask some questions about the past lesson such as: Who gave Joseph his coat? How do the brothers of Joseph feel toward Joseph? What did the brothers do to Joseph?)

Joseph was sold by his brothers to Ishmaelite traders and he was taken by them to Egypt. In Egypt, he was sold again and was bought by Potiphar, an official of Pharaoh and the Captain of the Guards, to become his slave. 

If you were Joseph how would you feel as somebody who came into Egypt? (Afraid? Shocked?) 
Remember he is in a new environment with different language, culture and beliefs.  Consider that Joseph was taught by his father that there is only one God but in Egypt there are many gods. So, I guess, it's a big and scary adjustment for Joseph.

But do you know who was with Joseph? (God) Yes! God was with Joseph and gave him success in everything he did. Potiphar saw that it was good to make Joseph care for everything he owned and so he was put in charge of his household.

Looks like things are doing great for Joseph. He prospered because he continued to trust God. 

But here comes the problem - Potiphar's wife. She likes Joseph and wants to sleep with him. This is something that only husbands and wives can do. 

Joseph knew that this was wrong and a sin against God. And so, though Potiphar's wife kept telling him, he refused to be with her. 

But one day, Joseph was left alone in the house to do his duties. Potiphar's wife took advantage of the situation; grabbed Joseph's cloak and said to him "Go to sleep with me."

Joseph ran away and left his cloak because he did not want to do what is wrong. Potiphar's wife, however, told a different story. He showed the household servants as well as his husband Potiphar the cloak and told them that Joseph came to make sport of them.

Potiphar's wife accuses Joseph. Image from Wikimedia.

That is a complete lie, of course! But Potiphar believed his wife and threw Joseph into prison.

Oh no, in jail, back to squaare one again. This is not a very pleasant situation for Joseph, but he continued to trust God.

Now, even in prison, the Lord was with Joseph. Soon, he was put in charge over those in prison by the warden. The story of Joseph is becoming more interesting, but we'll continue the lesson next week.

Read this story from Genesis 39

KIDS DISCUSSION:
Now let us discuss what we learned from the story.
1. What happened to Joseph in Egypt?
2. How do you feel when you got lost and become alone in a place you don't know? What should you do?
3. Who helped Joseph succeed in everything he did? What did Potiphar do to Joseph? So what should we do if we are in a similar  situation as Joseph?
4.  What wrong did Potiphar's wife do? What did Joseph do right?
5. If you're in a situation where you are being tempted, what would you do?
6. Give examples of situations wherein you are tempted. Tempted means being encouraged to do something wrong.
7. Because Joseph did what is right, what happened to him?
8. Do you think life is unfair to Joseph? How about you, do you think life is unfair to you?
9. In spite of difficulties, what is the right thing to do? (Keep on trusting God, Flee evil or temptation)
10.What did you learn from this story?


MEMORY VERSE: Genesis 29:33
The Lord was with Joseph and gave Him success in whatever he did.


KIDS ACTIVITY:
1. Role playing: Group the children into 2 or more. Ask the children to think of situations wherein they are tempted to do wrong. Let each group act a situation and show the right thing to do in that situation. Alternatively, you can prepare ahead different situations which you will ask the pupils to act out.

2. Play Potiphar says. This is just simliar to Simon Says.

3. Some activity ideas from Pinterest. Teach the kids the 7 God's Promises for Kids or make  necklace with a pendant which says "God is With Me."



Joseph, His Coat and Dreams - Lesson on Jealousy

Hi Kids! Do you still remember who Jacob is? Jacob married Leah and Rachel and had 12 sons from both of them. Joseph is the favorite of Jacob among all his sons and he made a colorful coat for him. Because of this, Joseph's brother were very jealous and hated him.

Joseph dreams of his future. Image from Wikipedia.

To make matters worse, Joseph had a dream which he told his brothers. He dreamed that all of them were binding sheaves of grain, and then his brothers' sheaves bowed down to his sheaf. This made his brothers even angrier because of the thought that Joseph will reign over them.

Another dream came upon Joseph where the sun, moon and eleven stars bowed down to him. When his brothers heard this dream, they are really, really angry.

So one day, while the brothers are grazing their father's sheep and Joseph came to see them, they planned to kill him. They changed their mind though and simply dropped Joseph inside a pit. When the brothers saw some Ishmaelites going to Egypt, they decided to sell Joseph to them for 20 pieces of silver instead of killing him.

To cover up what the brothers did to Joseph, they took Joseph's coat and dipped it in the blood of goat. When Jacob saw his favorite son's coat, he cried thinking that Joseph was killed by a wild animal.

It looks really sad what happened to our story but this is just the beginning of a wonderful ending.

Read this story from Genesis 37

KIDS DISCUSSION:
1. How many sons did Jacob have?
2. What can you say about the relationship of his sons? Why is that?
3. Do you think it's okay to be jealous? Why or why not? (It causes big problems like what happened to Joseph and destroys relationships.)
4. Have you ever been jealous? When? Share your experience.
5. It's not okay to be jealous because it destroys relationships. What do you think can you do to stop being jealous?

MEMORY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
Although we naturally feel jealous sometimes, it is not what God wants for us. He wants us to love and be patient with other people especially among the family members.

KIDS ACTIVITY
There's plenty of things the kids can do for this lesson. Find some inspiration from these images below from Pinterest.


1. You can draw a simple coat and paint it with different colors of water color or cut out different colors of paper strips and paste them onto the figure.
2. You can also try to weave different colored strips onto a coat background. This can be used for helping display the memory verse.
3. You can also use tissue paper roll to make different puppets of the 12 sons of Israel and use them to retell the story.


Jacob Reconciles with Esau - Lesson on Forgiveness

Hi Kids. Do you still remember how the story of Jacob and Esau went? Even from the womb, the twins had been struggling with each other. We learned about the stories when Esau sold his birthright to Jacob and when Jacob stole the blessings that Isaac wanted to give Esau. These stories led to the hatred of Esau for Jacob and the threat to kill him. Jacob, then, had to run away and live to a far away land.

But after many years, Jacob decided to go back and meet with Esau. He sent messengers to Esau telling him about his return, his messengers came back saying that Esau is coming with 400 men. How do you think Jacob felt? Afraid? He was afraid that Esau is coming to attack them.

So Jacob prayed to God. He told God how afraid he was and asked God to save them. Then, he divided all his servants into 3 groups. Each group had gifts of goats, rams, camels, bulls, cows and donkeys. He sent them ahead of him and his family to meet Esau. He told them to say to Esau "The animals belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us."  He thought that maybe he could pacify his brother with the gifts.

When the time came when Jacob saw his brother Esau, he went ahead of his wife and children. He bowed down to the ground as he came to his brother. But Esau ran to him, embraced him and kissed him. So, Jacob and Esau were reconciled. Esau had forgiven Jacob and was so happy to see all his family. Their sad story had a happy ending after all.

Read this story from Genesis 32-33.


KIDS DISCUSSION:
1. When Jacob went back to meet Esau, how did Esau respond?
2. How did Jacob feel? What did he do?
3. When Jacob and Esau met, what happened?
4. What lessons can we learn from this reconciliation of Jacob and Esau? (Jacob learned to humble himself and seek forgiveness; Esau learned to forgive his brother).
5. What should you do when you have done something wrong to someone? What should you do when somebody asks forgiveness from you?

MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 6:12
Forgive us our sins as we also have forgiven others.
(Explain the verse especially the truth that God has forgiven us first of our sins, so we should also learn to forgive others.)

KID'S ACTIVITY:
1. Coloring Page: Jacob and Esau Reconcile; Memory Verse
2. Forgive and Forget game. This is really fun and reinforces the lesson on forgiveness.
3. The Disappearing Handkerchief trick - to illustrate God's forgiveness



This video shows how the trick is done. It requires a magic trick prop to buy but maybe you can improvise. I thought that maybe you can use masking tape. Cover your thumb with several layers of masking tape then remove it and use it as the prop. Or maybe you can use a surgical glove and cut off the thumb portion. You have to think of some way to make it hold its shape though.


Jacob Wrestles With God - Lesson on Persistence

Kids, have you done anything that was really hard to do? How about an assignment in school? a test in Math or Science? Do you simply give up? Let's see at a story of Jacob and a lesson about never giving up.

In the last lesson, Jacob just married Leah and Rachel. He worked for another 7 years for Laban and had many children. Afterward, he decided that he wanted to finally take his whole family and possessions and go back to his homeland. At first, they fled from Laban but Laban caught up with them. At the end, they agreed that they would part peacefully.

Jacob wrestles with a man. Wikipedia.
Jacob sent messengers to his brother Esau that he is coming home. When they returned, they told Jacob that Esau is coming with 400 men. In great fear, Jacob divided into groups all the people with him including the flocks, herds and camels and sent them ahead of him. He also sent ahead of him his wives, maid servants and children. So, he was left that night in the camp.

When Jacob as alone, a man wrestled with him until daybreak. Do you know what to wrestle mean? It's like fighting and overpowering another person by holding.

When the man saw that he cannot overpower Jacob, he touched the socket of his hip and it was dislocated. Who do you think is this man that he could do that to Jacob's hip by just touching it?

Though Jacob is now limping, he did not let the man go. So the man said, "Let me go for it is daybreak." Jacob answered, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." The man asked, "What is your name?" He said, "Jacob." The man then said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."

Jacob called that place "Peniel" because he saw God face to face and yet lived to tell about it. As he went to be with his family, he walked limping.

Read this story in Genesis 32:24-32.

KIDS DISCUSSION
  1. What did Jacob want to do after working for Laban for a very long time?
  2. Do you remember what happened between Jacob and Esau in the past?
  3. Why was Jacob afraid when the messengers returned from Esau?
  4. What did Jacob do to the people with him?
  5. What happened when Jacob was left alone in the camp?
  6. Who is the man Jacob wrestled with? 
  7. What happened to Jacob while they were wrestling?
  8. Why is it that Jacob still doesn't want to let the man go?
  9. Did Jacob receive what he wanted? Why? (Jacob knew what he wanted; he did not give up)
  10. What lesson can we learn from this story of Jacob? (We should not give up; God is always there to help)


MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 145:18
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him.

KIDS' ACTIVITY

  1. Coloring page: Jacob Wrestles with God
  2. Jacob Wrestles with God worksheet: This is for bigger kids who know how to read and write.
  3. Can you do this? This is a simple activity that the children can do. Ask them to do some action like: stand on one foot; say his or her name extending the last syllable as long as he or she could; balance a book on the head, etc. The purpose is to show that if they can't do it the first time, if they do not give up and try again, they could do it especially with the help of God.
  4. Name game: Remembering that the angel asked Jacob his name, ask the children what is their name. Then, describe each child and let the children guess the name of the person being described. Example: I am short, with black hair, my father is a fireman, my mother is a nurse. I am ____. You can also do this name game with Bible characters previously learned by the children.


Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments

The stories in the whole Bible, including both Old and New Testament stories, is connected to Jesus in some way. As we teach our children the different stories and poems, different characters and different events in the Bible, I hope we could pinpoint them to Jesus. If we could connect Jesus to every story they hear, they would understand how the plan of God unfolds from Genesis to Revelation.

I did not receive a review copy of this book The Gospel Story: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments, but when I saw the preview pages (embedded below), I thought of sharing this with you. This new beautifully illustrated Bible Story book does what I have mentioned above - connect Jesus to every story. In addition, at the end of every story, the author has put in simple questions for the kids to explore. This is certainly a wonderful resource for every Christian family who wants to teach their kids the Bible at home, for every Sunday School class or Christian school.


  It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!



Today's Wild Card author is:

Marty Machowski


Illustrated by: 


and the book:

New Growth Press (December 5, 2011)

***Special thanks to Audra Jennings – The B&B Media Group – for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for twenty-three years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the children’s ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He is also the author of Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God and the forthcoming Gospel Story Sunday school curriculum. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.


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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:

 I have  never been the best at anything. This has given me the freedom to really enjoy alot of things; perfection is not on the line. So my drawing is not clean, my patchwork corners don’t really match up, and my cooking is always an adventure.  I was raised by a single mom who has an exhausting amount of creative energy.  My  brother and  I were taught how to create our own entertainment  and seek adventure in the everyday.
When I was in Jr High, both my parents remarried and let’s just say things have never been boring. A foster brother, two step sisters, and a half brother were added to the mix. I have aunts and uncles who have been beyond generous and helped raise me in many ways. I have been blessed to travel overseas and even live in Prague for six months. My dad and stepmom run a special needs home in Guatemala where I have spent time and really fallen in love with the culture. My brother and his wife run a shoe company out of Guatemala.  Everywhere I have been, even a dirt floor hut in the hills of Guatemala, there has been art: design and color. I believe as humans we are created in the image of The Creator, and so we all have some creative effort to put forth.
 I have a BFA in Illustration because after all the studio classes one takes to finish an Art Education  degree, I found what I really like to do is draw. I doodle. Alot.
 Presently, I am married with two little ones, living in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. I teach art part time at a sweet little christian school, grow tomatoes and beets, and sew or draw when I get the chance.
My first illustration project is coming out in the fall, 156 illustrated Bible stories in the “Gospel Story Bible” by Marty Machowski, published by New Growth Press.
Visit the illustrator's Website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Sometimes it’s easy to forget Jesus in the midst of frantic schedules, family squabbles and conflicting priorities. For many Christians, God often becomes little more than an afterthought after days absorbed and depleted by the busyness of life. But the truth is that he is the hero of every story—including the mundane, ordinary ones we experience on a regular basis. That is why Marty Machowski beckons families to take time out from the daily grind to be transformed by the message of the Good News in his latest release, The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments (New Growth Press, November 2011).

Based on the ESV Bible, this uniquely illustrated Bible storybook uses 156 stories to present God’s plan of salvation in Christ from its opening narrative in Genesis to its finale in Revelation. This easy-to-read storybook written for children from preschool to high school introduces readers to many captivating people, places and events from the Bible’s Old and New Testaments. At the same time, Machowski skillfully connects the individual stories to the overall gospel narrative of how God redeemed a broken world through sending his son Jesus to save his people. Each story ends by connecting to Jesus and his gospel of grace. By sharing these Bible stories with each other, young and old will learn together the life-changing habit of recognizing the presence and workings of Christ in every moment of their day.

“The gospel is deep enough to keep the oldest and wisest parents learning and growing all their lives, yet simple enough to change the heart of the first grader who has just begun to read,” says Machowski. “That’s what makes The Gospel Story Bible ideal as a storybook for a preschooler, a devotional for a grade school student, a refresher for the adult believer or an introduction for the new one. Parents and children will learn together to read the whole Bible as one story, with one hero—Jesus Christ.”

Vibrant illustrations by A. E. Macha, child-friendly discussion questions and Scripture references accompany each story to help lead families in exploring the Bible. Parents and teachers will be delighted to discover how easily even a young child can understand the original text of a story that he or she has already come to love. A companion to the family devotional Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God and the soon-to-be-released Gospel Story Sunday school curriculum (February 2012), The Gospel Story Bible is also a great resource for churches, Sunday school classes, home-schoolers and Christian schools who want to teach their children to apply the gospel to every situation and make Jesus the most important part of their everyday lives.

Product Details:
  • List Price: $29.99
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: New Growth Press (December 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936768127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936768127


AND NOW...Some Sample Pages (click images to see them larger):