The people ran out of livestock. They came back to Joseph and told him they needed food and were willing to give him their land in exchange.

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • What is a plan?
  • When is it good to come to someone with a plan?
  • What is it that makes some people complain and others look for a solution?

Creative Thinking

  • Think of other things that the people could have offered Joseph.
  • List the things that you have and the things that you could do to barter for something that you want.
  • List the qualities of someone who takes charge and gets things done.
  • List the characteristics of people who complain all of the time.

Homeschooling Activities

  • Note that the people did not come to Joseph and complain. They came with a feasible plan. Think of something that you want and come up with a feasible plan to get it.
  • We know that some people always complain and others like to get to work and make something happen. How do you think the people who wanted to work out a way to get food persuaded the complainers to get on board with their plan?
          • Create a flyer for the campaign.
          • Create a billboard.
          • Create a TV commercial.
  • Make a speech that you would say to Joseph if you were the spokesperson for the people.
  • What questions do you think Joseph would have asked about the program?
          • Answer the questions for the people.
  • The people told Joseph that an important aspect of their plan was that the land would not become barren. Why was this a very clever tactic?
  • Why is it better to come to someone with a plan, rather than to ask them what can be done?
  • If you were one of Joseph‘s advisers what would you tell him are the advantages and disadvantages of this plan?