Last week, we left Joseph in Egypt. Although he had risen from slave and prisoner to Second in Command over all Egypt, his story was not finished yet. What about his brothers and family? What happened to them?
Have students open Bibles to Genesis 45. Review with them what has happened throughout the life of Joseph and why he is talking to his brothers now. If they don’t remember, back up a little and read chapter 42.
Have the students write or draw something that stood out to them from the story, and ask them to explain what they chose and why.
Ask the students for their questions about the story. Write down all the questions that pop up, whether on-topic, or off (feel free to make a separate list for off-topic questions). Focus on answering the questions that are closer to the heart of the passage. Explain that questions that have sidetracked are also important, but we might need to come back with the answers to those.
(Examples of questions: Was Joseph glad to see his brothers again? Did Joseph’s brothers feel frightened in Egypt? How big were the barns that stored all of the grain?)
Spend some time trying to find the answers to questions that you can. Read before and after the story. Google some questions. Check trusted Bible commentaries. Always compare answers you get with the Word of God.