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Excerpt from Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist

When they were almost out of food, Jacob told his sons to go back to Egypt and buy more. Judah told his father that Joseph had warned them not to go back to him without their younger brother Benjamin.

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • If someone makes a condition for you to do something (for example you can go outside and play if you clean up your room) is it worth following the condition?
      • Why do you not want to follow the conditions?
      • Why do you know that it is best to listen and follow the conditions?

Creative Thinking

  • Think of all the ways that Jacob could try to persuade his sons to go to Egypt without taking Benjamin.
  • Think of all the ways that the brothers could try to persuade Jacob that they must take Benjamin or there is no point in them going to Egypt.

 Homeschool Activities

  • Write a script of the brothers discussing with Jacob, their father, whether they can go back to Egypt to get food from Joseph without their brother Benjamin.
  • Write a poem about running out of food and worrying about not having enough to eat.
  • We don’t hear what Benjamin is thinking. Write a journal entry for Benjamin.
  • Jacob told his sons to go back to Egypt to buy food because there was no food where they lived and they were running out. Many people, including children, go hungry every year. See if there are any organizations near where you live that help the hungry.
      • Go and help out the organization for a day.
      • Donate food or money to an organization that helps the hungry.
  • Judah did not want to go to Egypt to see Joseph without Benjamin because he knew that there would be bad consequences.  Have you ever been in a situation where you knew that there would be bad consequences? What did you do about it? Looking back what could you have done to avoid the negative consequences?
  • Judah answered his father, Jacob, right away that they could not go back to the man, who was their brother Joseph, without bringing Benjamin. When is it better to think before you speak and when is it okay to answer right away. Explain your answer to a judge.