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After burying Jacob, Joseph’s brothers told him that Jacob had told them that they were given a message from Jacob to tell Joseph. They told Joseph that they were to forgive them. After this they added in an apology of their own.

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Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • For what type of things should we apologize?
  • What makes an apology sincere?

Creative Thinking

  • Joseph’s brothers lied to Joseph. They told him that their father, Jacob, had instructed them to give a message to Joseph to forgive his brothers.  Give reasons that it is okay that Joseph’s brothers lied to him and reasons why it was not okay.
  • Come up with a rule stating when it is okay to lie or when it is not acceptable to lie.
  • Olympic athletes who take down an opponent in a sport like snowboarding surely don’t mean any harm to the other player. However, they did ruin the chances of that Olympian to win a medal and often to even cross the finish line. Should the Olympic athlete who took another Olympic athlete out of the race apologize, or is it not necessary? Give an argument on both sides.

Homeschool Activities

  • Do you think that Joseph’s brothers gave a sincere apology?
        • Why or why not?
  • Write a sincere apology to someone for something that you did, or did not do.
        • Do you think that it is too late to give the apology?
  • Joseph’s brothers gave him an apology years after the event. Do you think that it is ever too late to apologize? Write an argument to present before a judge for why there should be and why there should never be a limit of time related to apologies.
  • Joseph’s brothers lied to him. Create a campaign for not lying.
  • Joseph’s brothers apologized to him. Create a campaign for apologizing to others.
      • Your campaign could include all or some of the following:
        • billboard
        • flyer
        • poster
        • blog
        • tweets
  • If you were creating a campaign for not lying, who would you aim the campaign at: youngsters, teenagers, college age, adults, or everyone? Explain your reason.
  • If you were creating a campaign for apologizing, who would you aim the campaign at: youngsters, teenagers, college age, adults, or everyone? Explain your reason.
  • Explain how cheating (like in an Olympic sport) is like lying and how it is different.
  • During the Olympics, in some competitions, like snowboarding competitors made other competitors fall. Do you think that they owe an apology to the person that they took out?
  • Write a letter to a competitor that made you fall in an Olympic competition.
  • Write a letter to the competitor that you made fall in an Olympic competition.

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