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This Week's Summary and Main Ideas
Last week, kids learned that God had a plan for Joseph’s suffering. The land of Egypt
enjoyed seven years of plenty before a famine struck, just as Pharaoh had dreamed.
During that time, Joseph gathered all the excess food and stored it in the cities. The
famine was severe in every land, so Joseph opened the storehouses and sold grain to
everyone who needed it.
Jacob and his family lived in Canaan, and Jacob sent his sons to Egypt for grain. Jacob
still felt the sting of losing Joseph. He did not allow his youngest son, Benjamin, to go for
fear of losing him too. But Joseph wasn’t dead. He was in Egypt and had been elevated
to a position of authority. As his sons headed to Egypt, Jacob had no idea that the
journey would lead to a family reunion.
Although Joseph recognized his brothers immediately, they did not recognize him. When
Joseph finally revealed his identity to his brothers, they must have been in awe that the
brother they sold into slavery was now a powerful leader in Egypt! Would Joseph use his
authority to rescue his family from the famine? Or would he avenge his brothers’ evil
What Joseph’s brothers intended for harm, God intended for good. Joseph invited his
family to come to Egypt where they could thrive. God clearly used Joseph to provide for
Jacob’s family and establish a remnant. As Jacob made his way to Egypt, God spoke to
him in a vision and repeated the promise He first made to Abraham: “I will make you into
a great nation” (Gen. 46:3).
Joseph and his father’s family stayed in Egypt. Before he died, Joseph reminded his
brothers of God’s promise to their family. (See Gen. 50:24.) Despite Egyptian
oppression, Jacob’s descendants multiplied. God kept His promise, and through the
nation of Israel and the tribe of Joseph’s brother Judah, God worked out His plan to
provide His Son, Jesus Christ to redeem people from sin.
Kids Reaching Out for Christ's Kingdom is a midweek program for 1st - 6th graders,
designed to teach kids about the value of service. (active September - May)