This week in Cornerstone Youth, we began our journey into the story of Joseph. We did a quick recap on the lineage of Joseph, then moved on to read Genesis 37. This chapter starts off with Joseph being the favorite son of his father and receiving the Coat of Many Colors, and ends with Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers, while his father things he is dead. The Lord protects Joseph throughout his life, but this is one of the first examples in the Bible. We see Joseph being saved from his death and becoming a slave, which marks the beginning of the plan God has for Joseph’s life.
We then read Genesis 39, which takes place after Joseph has become a slave to Potiphar, who was an officer of the Pharaoh of Egypt at that time. Verse 2 reads “The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.” Joseph would not have been able to thrive in this situation if it wasn’t for God, just like we are unable to accomplish anything on our own. Joseph, with the blessing from God, became second in command to Potiphar, even though he was only supposed to be a lowly slave.
When Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce Joseph, he refuses every time. He does not give in to the temptation, but instead strives to be loyal to his master and to God. Even when he is thrown into prison, Joseph still saw this as a victory, for he had honored God through it all. Joseph continued to have faith, and knew that he was going to be taken care of. Joseph didn’t give in to the worldly desires, but kept his focus on the Lord.
The talking points for this week were:
Why was Joseph the beloved son?
Why did Joseph’s brothers sell him?
What did they tell their father about Joseph’s fate?
What household was Joseph second in command of?
What caused Joseph to go to prison?
Who was there for Joseph during his successes? Who was there during his failures?