This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Genesis 40) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: God inspired Moses wrote the first five books in the Bible. The very first book, Genesis, emphasizes beginnings. Beginning of the world and mankind, beginning of sin (man’s disobedience to God) and the beginning of God’s special nation.
Joseph had been sold into slavery by his brothers and eventually ended up in jail in Epypt. But God was still with him and God used Joseph in an amazing way.
Ask the children…
In prison with Joseph were the Pharoah’s former cup-bearer and baker. They were both upset because they had had dreams and didn’t know what they meant. Joseph could see they were alarmed and asked them what was the matter. What happened?
“And they replied, ‘We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.’ ‘Interpreting dreams is God’s business,’ Joseph replied. ‘Go ahead and tell me your dreams.’” (Genesis 40:8)
Joseph heard their dreams and told them exactly what they meant and what would happen to them. Did things turn out the way Joseph said the would?
“Pharaoh’s birthday came three days later, and he prepared a banquet for all his officials and staff. He summoned[a] his chief cup-bearer and chief baker to join the other officials. 21 He then restored the chief cup-bearer to his former position, so he could again hand Pharaoh his cup. 22 But Pharaoh impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had predicted when he interpreted his dream. 23 Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.” (Genesis 40:20-23)
So God enabled Joseph to be able to interpret dreams. It appears that things are starting to go right for Joseph. Only one problem. The cup-bearer is so overjoyed in being restored to his former position that he forgets all about Joseph. Poor Joseph.
Ask your children if they have ever done something for God and have had no one thank them and reward them? How do they think Joseph felt? Is it enough to do something just because God asks and not because we are going to get something for it?
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