12 Prison and a promotion

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Genesis 41:38.

How many different ways can you think of to send a message?

Are ‘dreams’ on your list?

God speaks to people in lots of ways. Has he ever spoken to you? How?


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The story so far…

Joseph was sold to a man called Potiphar, who was one of the royal officials. He worked hard and did well in Potiphar’s house, but then he was put in prison because Potiphar’s wife told lies about him. Still, Joseph kept on trusting in God and soon he was in charge of all the other prisoners. He got a name for being able to interpret dreams. So, when the Pharaoh of Egypt had some strange dreams, he sent for Joseph to tell him what they meant.

 Now read Genesis 41:14–16,28–39 together.


What happened next…

Pharaoh believed what Joseph told him – a great famine was coming. Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph that he made him governor over all Egypt. Joseph married a woman of high standing and had two sons. He made plans to store up grain ready for the years of famine. When the famine came the Egyptians were prepared.


Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 24 together.


Did you know…?

Dreams Joseph was able to understand the meaning of people’s dreams. In the Bible, God sometimes uses dreams to tell people what to do or to warn them about something that is about to happen.

Pharaoh The leader of Egypt was the “Pharaoh” who acted as king (or, occasionally, queen) and as a priest in the religious life of the country.

Egypt This was a rich and powerful country. The River Nile watered the land, so crops grew well; and it was such a wide, long river that it meant people could travel on it, from the north to the south of the country. Egypt had a system of writing, using pictures or “hieroglyphs”, and was famous for its libraries. This was the time in history when pyramids were being built as tombs for the pharaohs, who would be wrapped as a “mummy” after death.


Try it out

Here’s a fun way to think about what happened to Joseph in this Bible story. Imagine that you are Joseph. You are just out of prison and the Pharaoh has given you an important job to do.

Make yourself an outfit (or you and your Bible Coach could make outfits for each other). Choose items that you already have or can borrow easily; or make them out of scrap materials.

As Joseph, you need:

  • something smart to remember that God brought you through bad times;
  • a chain of office or “badge” because God helped you to take on the job;
  • some headgear to show that God helped you to be wise.

Stay in costume and think and pray, in turn, about each item you are wearing:

  • “Something smart”: Thank God that he helps you through bad times.
  • “Chain of office”: Ask for God’s help as you take responsibility.
  • “Headgear”: Thank God for the way he helps you to be wise.

If you can take a photo of your amazing costume, you can use it to remind you how God was with Joseph – and is close to you.


Talk to God

Thank God that he hears our prayers wherever we are.

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