Start with a recap of week one
In this week's reading, Joseph's life changes dramatically. Being favoured by his Father and then being so confident in his dreams from God cause his brothers to really get jealous. They get so jealous that they take action.
In the passage below we see how his brother respond to hearing Joseph's dream.
When Joseph’s brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance. As he approached, they made plans to kill him. “Here comes the dreamer!” they said. “Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, ‘A wild animal has eaten him.’ Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!” But when Reuben heard of their scheme, he came to Joseph’s rescue. “Let’s not kill him,” he said. “Why should we shed any blood? Let’s just throw him into this empty cistern here in the wilderness. Then he’ll die without our laying a hand on him.” Reuben was secretly planning to rescue Joseph and return him to his father.
So when Joseph arrived, his brothers ripped off the beautiful robe he was wearing. Then they grabbed him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it. Then, just as they were sitting down to eat, they looked up and saw a caravan of camels in the distance coming toward them. It was a group of Ishmaelite traders taking a load of gum, balm, and aromatic resin from Gilead down to Egypt. Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother? We’d have to cover up the crime. Instead of hurting him, let’s sell him to those Ishmaelite traders. After all, he is our brother—our own flesh and blood!” And his brothers agreed. So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt.
1. Reading this weeks passage, how do you think Joseph’s brothers felt about Joseph's dream?
2. What effect do you think jealousy can have on us?
3. Why do you think we get jealous of others?
4. Unlike Joseph's dad, the bible tells us that God does not show favoritism but loves everyone equally. Knowing this, how do think it should change our thinking when it comes to things like jealousy?
5. What are some of the things you are thankful for that God has done for you?
- How does this apply to my life?
- What am I going to do this week?