Famine came to the land of Egypt and all around, just as Joseph had described. During the good years he put away food. When famine hit, the people of Egypt and the surrounding countries came to him to buy food. Jacob sent ten of his sons down to Egypt to buy food, also. This is how Joseph’s brothers, other than Benjamin, came to stand before him in Egypt. Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. Joseph called them spies and put them in jail. It was in jail that Joseph’s brothers talked about how they believed that what was happening to them was a consequence of how they had treated Joseph.
Discuss with your children:
- Do actions have consequences?
- What are some of the consequences for not acting nicely to someone?
- What are some of the consequences for acting nicely to someone?
- Think of something about your life that is not good. Make a plan how to change this misfortune or difficult aspect into something positive.
- Write the story of Joseph as you think it might have played out if Joseph’s brothers had just teased him instead of selling him when he came looking for them.
- Joseph went through quite an ordeal before becoming second to Pharaoh. Do good things often come from bad? Is it possible that good always comes from bad but we don’t realize it? Write an essay explaining what you think giving examples from real life.
- Find and execute a science experiment where you can actually see a chain reaction, (which is another way of saying the consequences of what took place.)
- We know that Joseph ended up being an important leader carrying out a very important plan. Make a list of as many leaders as you can that had a hard childhood. Pick one of these leaders and write about him or her.
- Joseph’s brothers said that they did not pay any attention when he was suffering.
- Make a list of places in your city where people are suffering.
- Make a list of places in the world where people are suffering.
- Think of something that you can do to alleviate even a tiny bit of the suffering in one place on one of your lists.
- Write a journal entry for Joseph after he overheard his brothers.