During our current sermon series ‘Joseph: The BIG Picture Guy’ we are posting questions to help you think about the scripture passage. For Week 7 on Sunday 4th November we looked at Genesis 42:1-28. We invite you to use some or all of the following questions as you consider this scripture:
1. In this passage we see many insights into a family that has lived with deceit at its heart for many years.
Consider the power of an unforgiven past on the characters of
a) The brothers
b) The father Jacob
2. There was a famine in the land. People were hungry.
What pictures, thoughts and feelings do you see and feel when you consider the impact of famine?
What action can we take today to help those in famine torn countries?
“WHO…High risk countries: Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan and the food security situation is of grave concern in 6 other countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda, and Yemen. Very high levels of severe acute malnutrition have been reported in the most affected countries.”
If you are able to look online – search to find more information about famine in 2018 and discuss with others if you are part of a group. Spend time in prayer for these countries and discuss actions that will help.
3. In verse 8 the brothers come before Joseph but do not recognise him. They do not see because they do not expect to see Joseph.
How often do we not see what is before us?
4. The tables are turned in this passage as Joseph has power and authority over his elder brothers. They are accused of being spies and held hostage in prison. Only then do they suddenly realise how Joseph must have felt when he was thrown into the cistern and sold even though he was not guilty of a crime.
What was the result of this do you think?
What emotions do they experience during this episode?
Who can you think of who was falsely accused or imprisoned either in reality or fictional characters?
What does Jesus’ reaction to being falsely accused, arrested, imprisoned and crucified have to teach us?
5. ‘Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.’ Galatians 6:7-9
Consider these verses and think about
a) how it relates to the brothers thinking about their guilt
b) what it means for us today