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Joseph’s brothers wanted to kill him. Reuben told his brothers not to harm him and suggested that they throw him in a pit. Without admitting it to the others Reuben wanted to take Joseph out of the pit while the others were not aware.

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Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • Reuben did tell his brothers not to kill Joseph but he did not stop them from doing something wrong. If you do not stop something bad from happening are you just as bad as those who hurt someone?
  • How does it feel to be picked on?
  • How does it feel to be the person who picks on someone else?

Creative Thinking

  • Make a list of five bad things and five good things that could happen to Joseph from being thrown into a pit.
  • List five reasons that Reuben would not admit to his brothers that he wanted to save Joseph.

 Homeschooling Activities

  • Reuben wanted to stop his brothers from killing Joseph. Write a play with how you think the dialogue might have gone.
  • Write a defense for Reuben to use in front of a judge for how he was not to blame for Joseph being thrown into the pit.
  • Write a case to present before a judge against Reuben how he was really no better than his brothers when it came to Joseph being thrown into the pit.
  • Write an entry in the diary of Reuben explaining how he felt about his brothers trying to kill Joseph and finally throwing him into the pit.
  • Write an entry in the diary of one of Joseph’s brothers explaining how he felt about the decision not to kill Joseph but to throw him into a pit.
  • Write a diary entry of Joseph from the pit.
  • Write a tweet that you think Joseph would send from the pit.
  • Write a blog entry of Joseph from the pit.
        • What kind of comments do you think people would write in response to Joseph’s blog?
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