PSS Review: Joseph's brothers sell him into slavery

Joseph's brothers sell him into slavery Scripture: Genesis 37:12-36

Ages: 4-5 years old

Focus: God is everywhere all the time. God is all-powerful.

Lesson: Joseph's eleven brothers were away pasturing their father's flock of sheep. Jacob sent Joseph to find them and check on them. When the brothers saw Joseph coming they made up a plan to kill him. They said, "Let's kill this dreamer and then tell dad that a wild animal did it. But one of Joseph's brothers, Reuben, stood up and said, "Wait! Don't kill him. Just throw him into a big pit." So they took his colorful robe away and threw him into a big, dry, pit. Reuben planned to come back later to get Joseph out of the pit and take him back to their dad. But when Joseph was in the pit some men came by who were traders {that means they bought and sold things}. So Joseph's brothers decided to sell him to the traders for 20 shekels of silver.

When Reuben got back to the pit and saw that Joseph was gone, he was very upset. He was scared and worried about what Jacob would do when he found out his favorite son had been sold. So he killed a young goat and took Joseph's colorful robe and dipped it in the blood. Then the brothers took the coat to Jacob. Jacob saw the blood and thought Joseph had been attacked by a wild animal and was surely dead. Jacob was very sad and he stayed that way for a long time.

But Joseph was still alive. The traders sold him to be a slave in the house of a man named Potipher in Egypt.


Do you think God knew what was happening to Joseph when his brothers threw him in the pit?

How did God help Joseph? -He caused Reuben to show him mercy -He sent the caravan of traders at the right time

Now Joseph is away from him father. Do you think God is still with him?

Do you think Joseph was afraid?

Sometimes something might happen in your life that is scary and ou might not understand what is happening, but God is always with you. He is all-powerful, and He knows everything. So you can trust him.



Chain craft:

~supplies: construction paper, scissors, pen or marker

I came across some really cool chains that don't require tape or staples, just a bit of paper folding. I thought they would fit in fine with this lesson because Joseph was a slave and the chains can remind the kids of that. The site where I found them sent me to the link I will give you. She has a great tutorial there so I won't get into the detail of how to make them.

We gave each child 5 links and they wrote on them {with help, of course} "God is all-powerful". You could also write a verse {such as Psalm 56:3 "when I am afraid I put my trust in you"}

Act it out: This wasn't actually in my plan today, but the kids begged me, so we did. It turned out great because there are so many parts to the story that are easy to visualize.

Memory verse: 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you who are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves in humility, all of you. For God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

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