Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dreams

Passage

Familiarize yourself with the following:

Genesis 41:1-57

Pharaoh had two nightmares. When he awoke from his sleep, he was still troubled by his dreams and called for all the wise men of the city to come and telling him the meaning of his dreams. No one was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. The cupbearer to Pharaoh remembered at this time how Joseph was able to interpret both his dream and the dream of Pharaoh’s chief baker while they were in jail and both interpretations came to pass exactly as they were told. Impressed by this, Pharaoh called for Joseph to be brought from the jail. When he arrived, Pharaoh told Joseph his dreams: 7 ugly, skinny cows ate up 7 beautiful, fat cows and 7 pitiful heads of grain ate up 7 healthy heads of grain. Joseph told Pharaoh that his dreams were from God. God was showing Pharaoh what he was about to do. There was going to be 7 years of great plenty in the land of Egypt. After this there would be 7 years of famine so severe that no one would be able to remember the years of plenty. Joseph recommended that Pharaoh put someone in charge of collecting grain during the years of plenty and storing it so that it could be given out during the years of famine. This way the people would be saved. Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph that he put him in charge of all the land of Egypt. Joseph was now second in command, with only Pharaoh greater than he. Joseph collected the grain from the land of Egypt during the next 7 years. When the famine struck Egypt, Pharaoh sent the people to Joseph and they were able to buy grain so they could eat and not die. Joseph also sold grain to people from other countries because the famine was great everywhere.

Object Lesson:

Supplies Needed:
A pitcher
Several lemons, cut in half
Sugar
Water
Stirring spoon
Cups
Directions:
1. Share the saying with the children, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Ask the children what they thing that saying means.
2. As you squeeze lemons into the pitcher, talk to the children about how lemons are sour and if you bit into one it would make your lips pucker. But, if you squeeze the lemons and add water and sugar (add those ingredients as you talk), then you get something that is pretty good, lemonade!
3. Explain to the children that sometimes life is like that. Sometimes things do not go our way, or bad things could happen to us. That could make us angry and bitter, like a lemon. If we have the right attitude, however, we can make the best out of it, like lemonade!
4. You can now give each child a cup of lemonade, or save the drink until snack time.

Memory Verse:

1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Jesus Connection:

The life of Joseph continues to give us glimpse of how God wanted to use his only Son, Jesus to be the savior of the world. Just as Joseph was taken from his lowly position (a man in prison) and raised to be the right hand man of the king of Egypt, Jesus was also raised up from the lowest place (death) and placed at the right hand of God.

Songs

God is so Good

God is so good.
God is so good.
God is so good,
He’s so good to me.

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

He’s got the whole world in his hands
He’s got the whole wide world in his hands
He’s got the whole wide world in his hands
He’s got the whole world in his hands

He’s got the little bitty baby in his hands
He’s got the little bitty baby in his hands
He’s got the little bitty baby in his hands
He’s got the whole world in his hands

He’s got you and me brother in his hands
He’s got you and me sister in his hands
He’s got you and me brother in his hands
He’s got the whole world in his hands

He’s got everybody here in his hands
He’s got everybody here in his hands
He’s got everybody here in his hands
He’s got the whole world in his hands

Games/Activities

Pictionary

Supplies Needed:
Dry erase board (or other form of display media)
Dry erase pen
List of words having to do with the story (ie: Pharaoh, cow, grain, river, ect.)
Directions:
1. Divide the children into two teams.
2. One child from one team comes to the board and draws a word from the story. (Either have the words written on pieces of paper or whisper it in their ears.) As the child draw, his/her team can guess the word. Give them one minute.  If this team guesses the word correctly, they get a point.
3. At the end of the time limit, if the drawing child’s team has not correctly guessed, the opposing team has one chance to guess the word and steal the point.
4. The team with the most points at the end of the games wins.

Crafts

Egyptian Headdress


Supplies Needed:
Egyptian Headdress template
Scissors
Glue
Tape
Colors
Paper strips
Directions:
1. Give each child a headdress template. Color and cut out the template
2.     Create a head band with strips of paper.
3. Glue the headdress to the band.
4. Adjust the size of the band to each child’s head and tape it in place.
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Coloring Page:

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