Men and Women of the Bible: Joseph

Men and Women of the Bible: Joseph

Lesson Twenty-three: Joseph, God Was With Him
Lesson Text: Genesis 37:1-36
Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Joseph.
Memory Verse:
Acts 7:9 NKJV “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him”
Acts 7:9 HCSB “The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt, but God was with him”
Acts 7:9 ESV “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him”


Lesson Readings:

  • Genesis 30:22-24
    Genesis 37:1-36
    Genesis 39:1-45:28
    Genesis 47:1-48:22
    Genesis 50:1-26
  • Exodus 13:17-19
  • Joshua 24:32
  • Acts 7:8-18
  • Hebrews 11:22

Fact Questions:

  1. Who was Joseph? Genesis 30:22-24 What does his name mean?
  2. How did Jacob feel about Joseph? Why? Genesis 37:3-4
  3. What gift from God did Joseph possess? Genesis 37:5-11; 41:16 How did Joseph use it?
  4. How did Joseph’s brethren feel toward him? Why? Genesis 37:2, 4, 5, 11, 18
  5. How came Joseph to be in Egypt? Who was with Joseph in Egypt? Acts 7:9
  6. How is Joseph’s appearance described in Scripture? Genesis 39:6 Why is this significant?
  7. What kind of treatment did Joseph receive when he first came to Egypt? How did this affect Joseph’s outlook? Genesis 39:9, 20; 40:15, 23; 45:1-16
  8. What good thing came upon Joseph because of the dream of Pharaoh? How did Joseph’s character weather this change in fortune?
  9. How did Joseph behave when providence gave him an opportunity for revenge?
  10. After God, what seems to be most important to Joseph?

Thought Questions:

  1. Describe the character of Joseph.
  2. How is Joseph a type of Christ?
  3. Give examples from the life of Joseph that demonstrate that he was indeed a man of faith.
  4. What is the fruit of favoritism when it exists within the family circle?
  5. What is the one great lesson for you from Joseph’s life?