Main Theme: Joseph has his own dreams and helps others interpret their dreams also.
Read Together: Genesis 37:1-11. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: What family dynamic predisposed Joseph’s brothers to hate him so much?
Apply: Read Matthew 20:26, 27. What crucial principle is revealed here, and how can we learn to manifest in our own lives what it teaches?
Share: Your friend asks you if our dreams have any meaning? Does God still speak to us in dreams? What do you tell your friend?
Read Together Genesis 37:12-36. Summarize the passage.
Study: What does this teach us about how dangerous and evil unregenerate hearts can be and to what they can lead any one of us to do?
Apply: Why is it so important to seek God’s power in order to change bad traits of character before they can manifest themselves into some acts that, at one point in your life, you would never imagine yourself doing?
Share: Your friend says, Joseph’s brothers never would have treated Joseph so cruel if he had not boasted about his dreams, and Jacob did not make him the favorite. It’s not their fault. What would you say to your friend?
Read Together: Genesis 39. Summarize this chapter.
Study: What made Joseph so successful?
Apply: How did Joseph resist the wife’s advances? Why did Joseph specifically say that to have done what she asked would have been a sin against God? What understanding does he show about the nature of sin and what it is?
Share: Your friend says, if you are going to get charged for a crime you might as well do it. What’s the point of being innocent if you are still treated like you are guilty? What do you tell your friend?
Read Together: Genesis 40:1-41:36. Summarize this passage.
Study: How are the dreams of Pharaoh related to the dreams of the officers? What is the significance of this parallel?
Apply: How can we learn to trust God and cling to His promises when events don’t appear providential at all, and indeed, God seems silent?
Share: Can you think of someone who may be experiencing something similar to what Joseph experienced in Genesis 39? How can you encourage them this week?