I always like to give us Sunday to relax and reflect, but we are on a mission to finish Genesis, so we have a few verses to read this morning.
As you reflect back on the book of Genesis, including these chapters here, how would you describe God?
One last time! What does Joseph’s faith look like?
I know we’ve read a chunk each day, and we will continue into Exodus. These chapters and stories are so essential for us to understand our faith as well as the heritage passed down to us. God tells Abraham that he will be the Father of many nations, and that all nations will be blessed through him. He shows him the stars and speaks of his descendants. If you have placed your faith in the saving work of Jesus, you are one of those descendants.
So Israel (Jacob) goes to Egypt and settles with his family. This had to be a sweet time for him. Jacob immediately blesses Pharaoh.
Is there someone older in your life who has blessed you, spoken truth over you, or influenced you?
He also spends time explaining the promises that God had given him and how they were being fulfilled.
Who is someone in your life that has pointed out how God is at work in and through you?
Genesis 48:15-16 are just beautiful verses. If you were to write a few verses about who God has been to you, what would you say? Think of the characteristics describing who He has been in your life. Write them down on a piece of paper.
Why do you think Joseph deceived them this second time?
What do you think he was accomplishing by putting the cup in Benjamin’s sack?
Where is faith and growth evident in Judah’s response?
Think of a situation in your own life where you were angry or wondered why God would allow something like that to happen. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you perspective on how that situation could be fertile ground for your growing deeper roots.
We are back to Joseph and the saga following his being sold by his brothers into slavery. Remember in James this spring we read about how trials develop our perseverance and faith? We can watch this happen in Joseph and marvel at his responses.
Where do you see faith developing in these 2 chapters?
I love that in each situation, we are told “the Lord was with him.” It reminds me of Hagar early in Genesis when she called God ‘the God who sees me.” In your current situation, how do you sense that the Lord is with you?
In the midst of hard times, why do you think Joseph does not turn away from God in anger?
How do you respond to the Lord during trials and pain?