It is common in every country for new leaders to come to power. This is what we are told happened in the beginning of the book of Exodus. We are also told that he did not know Joseph. Is it common for a leader of a country not to know its history?

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • Do you have to meet someone to know them?
  • What is the purpose of a king, or any leader, of a country?

Creative Thinking

  • Think of all the ways possible that a king, or other leader, can help their country grow.
  • How many different ways are there of knowing someone?
  • What explanations can you give for the king not knowing Joseph? Surely they had some kind of records of the famine and how Egypt was saved from destruction which included the story of Joseph.

Homeschool Activities

  • Explain the importance to the children of Israel (Jacob, Joseph’s father’s descendants) and explain why the king would know about Joseph.
  • Do you think that people treat you differently if they know one of your grandparents or parents and have respect for them?
        • Why do you think this is?
        • How is this the same or different than the king knowing Joseph?
  • Do you think that it is important for a ruler to know the history of his/her country? Why?
  • Write a flyer or create a poster board explaining why Joseph was so important to Egypt’s history.
  • Make an outline of the history that you think is important for people to know of your own country.
        • Pick one person in the history of your country that you think is very important and write about him/her.
  • Create a billboard to encourage people to learn history.
  • Here we are told that Egypt was ruled by a king, but later he is called Pharaoh. List as many types of leaders as you can.
        • Do you think that these leaders just have different titles or are there differences between them? If there are differences what are they?
  • What are the implications of saying that the new king did not know Joseph?