Unlike his father, Jacob, Joseph does not ask that the children of Israel take him out of Egypt right away. He asks that they take his bones out of Egypt when God remembers them and takes them out of Egypt.
Discuss with your children:
- What is a promise?
- Is it fair to ask someone to keep a promise?
- What is the difference between having one person swear to something and having a lot of people promise to do something?
- Find other promises in the Bible.
- How are they the same and how do they differ?
- Joseph had the children of Israel swear to keep a promise that he knew would not come about for a very long time. How is this different and how is it the same than a promise that is to be fulfilled right away.
- How is a promise to do something when you will be dead different than having someone promise to do something when you are alive?
- Do you think that it is rude to ask someone to keep a promise? Why or why not?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of asking a large group of people to keep a promise?
- Joseph will not know if anyone does take his bones out of Egypt. Write a journal entry with his fears and concerns about his wishes being fulfilled.
- Write a flyer or poster encouraging people to keep their promises.
- Jacob had Joseph swear that he would take his body out of Egypt right away. What were the differences in Joseph’s case? Why did he have the children of Israel swear to take his body out only when God took them out from Egypt?
- Joseph asked a lot of people to keep a promise. Do you think that he gave a responsibility to these people? Is this fair?