- To teach that God controls the events of human history and is able to make the future known.
- To teach that despite circumstances, God is always with his people to bless them.
- To understand that God rules over sinful human behaviour to achieve his great plan for the world.
- To understand that God’s plans bring forgiveness and restored relationships.
Although Genesis 37-50 deals primarily with the life of Joseph, it is obvious that they are about more than just an individual. They are, in fact, about a people that God is calling to himself. This is seen clearly in Genesis 50:20 where we are told that despite the wicked behaviour of Joseph’s brothers, God has accomplished a great thing – the saving of a group of people (many lives) rather than just Joseph. This is a fulfilment, at least in part, of the promises originally made to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
8/9 – Chosen but Rejected Genesis – 37:1-36
15/9 – Rejected but Blessed Genesis – 39:1-23
22/9 – Puzzling but Plain Genesis – 40:1-41:57
29/9 – Together but Apart Genesis – 42:1-44:34
13/10 – Rejected but Reconciled Genesis – 45:1-47:12