May 14, 2017

OT 18 Joseph and His Brothers

Reference: Genesis 35:23-26, 37:1-5

Story Summary: 
   Jacob had four wives: Leah, Rachel, Bilhah, and Zilpah. This was wrong because God said from the beginning that a man should only have one wife. Because he had so many wives, Jacob had many kids, too. He had thirteen kids: a daughter and twelve boys.
   But there was one boy Jacob loved more than any other: Joseph, the oldest son of his favorite wife, Rachel. One day, Joseph and four of his brothers were watching Jacob’s sheep. They did something wrong and Joseph brought a bad report about them to their father.
   Later, Jacob gave Joseph a beautiful and expensive robe to wear. When the other brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more, when they saw the beautiful robe only Joseph received, they hated him. They couldn’t save a kind word to him.
   Jacob's family had lots of problems. That's because Jacob's family was filled with lots of sinners. But the good news is that God had great promises to Jacob. And about 2000 years later, Jacob's great-great-grandson Jesus was born. Jesus was God's Son, and he came to save sinners like the ones in Jacob's family.

Big Idea and Motions: Jesus can save messed up people like you and me!
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Save - do the baseball “safe” sign
Messed up - twirl your index finger by your head (like you’re calling yourself crazy)
You - point to another person
Me - point to yourself with both thumbs

Verse / Motions: 1 Timothy 1:15, ESV - ...Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
Christ Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Came - march in place
World - trace a big circle with your arms
Save - do the baseball “safe” sign
Sinners - two thumbs down
I am - point to yourself with two thumbs
Foremost - hold up 1 finger

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
How many wives did Jacob have? // Four
Which wife did he love most? // Rachel
How many sons did Jacob have? How many daughters? // Twelve, One
Who were Zilpah and Bilhah? // Leah and Rachel’s servants, Jacob’s third and fourth wives
What problem did Rachel have? // She couldn’t have kids
Who was Jacob’s favorite son? // Joseph, Rachel’s oldest son
When they were watching the sheep, what did Joseph do? // Tell on them for doing something wrong
What did Jacob give Joseph? How did the brothers feel? // A beautiful robe, they couldn’t say a kind word to him
What commandment did Jacob’s family break many times? // Love your neighbor as yourself
Who was Jacob’s great-grandson who came to save us? // Jesus

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