We are back in the Little Ones Club again! It was such a delight to be reunited with all the other Zion kiddos! Today we sang a new song “Do Lord”! And I love singing it again and again to Little E when I lull her to sleep.
Came offering time, it was our first time seeing the offering doll empty to begin with. That was Little E giving her offering…
This year, we’ll have Iris taking over the Bible storytelling on the 4th week of each month. Today’s story was on Joseph!
Every child listened and watched so intently on the computer screen, looking on at Joseph’s colourful coat, the seven fat cows and skinny cows, etc.
For the arts & craft activity time, the little children got to colour Joseph, and to attempt making it into a stick puppet. That was Little E choosing her colour pencils!
The story of Joseph
The story of Joseph is one of the great dramas of the Bible. Favoured by his father, Joseph was consequently hated by his brothers. The brothers conspired to rid themselves of Joseph, and sold him as a slave to a caravan of Ishmaelites, headed for Egypt. Doing right by his Egyptian master wins Potiphar’s favour, which made Joseph the most powerful man under his authority. Remaining faithful to his master by rejecting his wife’s advances angers her, and caused Joseph to be imprisoned on false charges. Eventually, through interpreting the King’s troubling dreams, Joseph was elevated to the 2nd highest position in the land, and then God used a famine to bring his brothers to Egypt. He had the perfect opportunity to get revenge, but he did not do so. Joseph’s dealings with his brothers eventually brought them to repentance, and they were reconciled as a family. Joseph plays a very key role in the history of the nation Israel, and his example has much to teach us as well.
Learning Points from Joseph’s Story
As parents, we have warnings concerning Jacob’s favouritism and the effects that can have on other children as seen in Joseph’s youthful pride and his brothers’ envy and hatred. We have a good example of how to handle sexual temptation i.e. run ( Genesis 39:12, 2 Timothy 2:22), and we have a clear picture of God’s faithfulness. He does not forsake His children, even in the midst of suffering: “The Lord was with Joseph” (Genesis 39:3, 5, 21, 23).
There may be many distressing circumstances we find ourselves in, and some of them may even be unjust, as were those in Joseph’s life. However, as we learn from the account of Joseph’s life, by remaining faithful and accepting that God is ultimately in charge, we can be confident that God will reward our faithfulness in the fullness of time. Who would have blamed Joseph if he had turned his brothers away when they were in need? Nevertheless, God desires that we exercise mercy above all other sacrifices we may offer Him in our lives (Hosea 6:6, Matthew 9:13).
Perhaps most profoundly, Joseph’s story presents amazing insight into how God sovereignly works to overcome evil and bring about His plan. After all his ordeals, Joseph is able to see God’s hand at work. As he reveals his identity to his brothers, Joseph speaks of their sin this way: “Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you… It was not you who sent me here, but God” (Genesis 45:5, 7-8). Later, Joseph again reassures his brothers, offering forgiveness and saying, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good” (Genesis 50:20). Man’s most wicked intentions can never thwart the perfect plan of God.