Do You Know Joseph?

Read: Genesis 37-50

One of my favorite stories in the whole Bible is the story of Joseph! This Sunday I am going to begin a four week message series at Arthur Mennonite Church focused on his life and the many lessons we can learn from his life example and experiences. That got me to thinking… how well do most people know the story of Joseph? Here is a short quiz of ten questions to test yourself.

1. Who was Joseph’s mother?
2. What was Joseph’s dream about?
3. What did Joseph’s brothers do to him?
4. When Joseph was a slave in Egypt what was his position?
5. Who was Joseph in prison with?
6. How did Joseph make sure Egypt had enough food during the famine?
7. Which brother did Joseph want brought to Egypt?
8. What was planted in the youngest brothers sack?
9. What area did Joseph’s family end up living in Egypt?
10. What is the one lesson that sticks out to you from the life of Joseph?

I encourage you to come to church the next four Sunday’s to learn the answers to these questions and how this story can be applied to your life today. There are many things in life that hold us back, keep us down, or tempt us to go off the path that God has planned for us.

Joseph’s example is that we embrace the positive, forgive the negative, and look forward to what God has for us tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, and beyond. I recently heard a quote that said, “Broken things can become blessed things if you let God do the mending.” I think that sums up this story and this man in the Bible very well. May God do the same in our lives!

In Philippians 2:14-15 it says, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” This describes well how Joseph was used by God to save his people, noticed by Pharaoh, and reconciled to his family. I hope that we too can shine bright for Jesus Christ in a broken and troubled world.

Make it personal: I did not offer the answers to the ten questions above on purpose. I hope that you will read the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50 and come to worship the next four Sunday’s at Arthur Mennonite. After that you should not only know the answers to the questions but know how they apply to your life situations today. May God show us the way through his servant Joseph!

Blessings, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church