The Life of Joseph (questions for november 14)

As we study Joseph’s life, or any Bible story, we should ask ourselves:

  1. What God is saying to me?

  2. What is God showing me about himself?

  3. What does God want me to do?

  4. How does the life of Joseph point to the life of Jesus; what can I learn about Jesus by learning about Joseph?


God spoke to Joseph, two prisoners, and the king of Egypt through dreams. Dreams are only one way God can speak to us. What are some other ways God speaks to us?

  • Exodus 3:2-4 ________________________________________________________________________

  • Numbers 22:28 _____________________________________________________________________

  • Psalm 119:105 ______________________________________________________________________


Joseph experienced rejection by his family, the people that were supposed to care for him and support him. He was sold into captivity in a foreign land where he was the only one who worshipped God. And he was put in prison for a crime he didn't commit. But every time, he knew God was with him.


Have you ever felt alone? Have you ever felt like you’re the only person who believes what you do? Have you ever been the only person standing up for what’s right?


  • Who are some people in the Bible who experienced this kind of loneliness or isolation? What was their situation like?

  • Daniel 3:7,12 ________________________________________________________________________

  • Jonah 1:17-2:2 ______________________________________________________________________

  • Luke 22:59-62 _______________________________________________________________________


What kinds of situations can we find ourselves in when we need someone to have our back?

Who can we turn to when we feel alone?


How is God with us?

  • Jonah 1:10 ________________________________________________________________________

  • Psalm 139:8_______________________________________________________________________

  • Psalm 23:4 ________________________________________________________________________

  • Deuteronomy 31:6 _______________________________________________________________

  • Hebrews 13:5 _____________________________________________________________________

  • If God is always with us, what would you expect him to do? If a person said they would be with you, what would they do?


Joseph was only young when God began to use him. What other young people did God use?

1 Samuel 17:45 _____________________________________________________________________________

1 Timothy 4:12 _____________________________________________________________________________

John 6:9 _____________________________________________________________________________________


He can also use the most unlikely people.


  • What qualifications does the world look for?

  • What does the Bible say about that?

    • Exodus 4:12 __________________________________________________________________

    • 1 Corinthians 1:27 ___________________________________________________________

    • 2 Corinthians 12:9 ___________________________________________________________

  • What qualifies you to be used by God?

    • Isaiah 6:8 _____________________________________________________________________

    • Exodus 4:12 __________________________________________________________________


As a slave, as a prisoner, and as a ruler over Egypt, Joseph’s work was always described as a success.


  • What does success mean? What does it mean for your work to succeed?

  • What does Daniel 1:20 say about the work of those who trusted in God?


Joseph was tempted by Potiphar’s wife to sleep with her.


  • What temptations do young people face?

  • What does the Bible say about temptation?

  • 1 Corinthians 10:13 _________________________________________________________________

  • Matthew 4:1-4 _______________________________________________________________________

  • Luke 22:40 ___________________________________________________________________________

  • What steps did Joseph take to fight temptation?


Joseph was treated unfairly by his brothers, accused falsely by his master’s wife, and imprisoned wrongly by Potiphar. Instead of becoming bitter, he continued to trust in God and there is no record of him seeking revenge on these people, despite how they treated him.


We can expect to be persecuted. In John 16:33, Jesus promises us trouble: “In this world you will have trouble...”


What else does the Bible say about persecution?

2 Corinthians 4:17 __________________________________________________________________________

Matthew 5:10; Luke 6:22 ___________________________________________________________________

Matthew 5:44 _______________________________________________________________________________

Luke 23:34 __________________________________________________________________________________



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