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Joseph did not take all of his brothers to see Pharaoh, nor did he take his strongest brothers, nor a random sample of his brothers. Joseph specifically chose five of his weakest brothers.

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • What does it mean “from the least” of his brothers?

Creative Thinking

  • How do you think Joseph decided on these five brothers?
  • If you had to pick “the least” of your siblings what criteria would you use?

Homeschool Activities

  • Which brothers do you think Joseph picked? Why?
  • When is it good to show your strength?
  • When is it better not to show your full strength?
  • Write, or prepare a speech for Joseph explaining to his brothers why he is only taking five of them to see Pharaoh.
  • Write a diary entry from one of the five brothers explaining how he felt being picked by Joseph.
  • Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Write a diary entry from one of the brothers which were not picked by Joseph and explain how he felt.
  • Write a tweet to a news agency telling them what Joseph was doing.
  • If you were on the news how would you explain that Joseph was going to see Pharaoh with five of his brothers.
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