Introducing Joseph

Scripture: Genesis 37

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God has a plan, but sometimes bad things still happen.
  • Students will learn God is always working, even when times are bad.
  • Students will learn God can use the things that happen to us (good and bad) to prepare us for something He may want us to do later.

Interesting Facts:

  • The caravan of people that bought Joseph from his brothers were probably their distant cousins. They were descendants of Abraham through his children with Hagar and/or Keturah (Abraham’s wife after Sarah died).
  • Myrrh was actually made from the resin (hardened sap) of certain trees. It could have come from modern day Yemen, Jordan or even Israel.
  • Spices often came from China, India or one of the countries in those areas. The most commonly traded spices were cinnamon, cardamon, ginger and turmeric.
  • Balm often came from an area now in modern Israel known as Gilead. It was from the balsam tree and was used in many medicines.
  • Although slaves were traded to Egypt, it was a minor business and evidently only small numbers were traded at this point in time.

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