Read: Genesis 42:1 – 46:34; 50:15-21
The Gospel Project for Kids continued the two-part story looking at a Joseph, Joseph had come to a position of power in Egypt, and there was a famine throughout the world. Joseph had plenty of food, and people came to him for it. When Joseph’s brothers arrived for food, Joseph recognized them and tested them to see if their hearts had changed.
Joseph determined that God had used the evil intent of his brothers to bring about His glory and Joseph’s good. Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, and Jacob and his family moved from Israel to Egypt.
Joseph recognized that though his brothers intended evil, God planned his circumstances for good to establish a remnant of God’s people (Genesis 45:7). Likewise, although those who crucified Jesus intended evil, God’s plan for the sacrifice of His Son was for the good of all people. Through Jesus’ death on the cross, God again saved a remnant of people.
Ask The Big Picture Question: Why did God send Joseph to Egypt?
Answer: God sent Joseph to Egypt to establish a remnant.
Supplies Needed: fabric remnant
Read Nehemiah 8:1-3
- Invite your family to stand and to remain standing as still as possible. See who can stand still for the longest period of time. Ask if they think they could stand from the time the sun came up until it was time to eat lunch.
Read Genesis 45:4-8
- Say: God sent Joseph to Egypt so that Joseph’s family would be saved from the famine that was to come.
- Ask your children to name their favorite foods. Ask what they think life would be like without their favorite foods. Explain what a famine time would be like. : When food is not plentiful, and people need to eat whatever they have.
- Show the fabric remnant you have. Talk about the remnant of fabric being the part that was leftover when the fabric was originally cut. Tell your children that the remnant would be too small to make another garment, but the remnant that God left in Egypt grew to be a great nation.
Close in prayer.