“Lesson 12: ‘Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction’” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual (2001), 51–55
“Lesson 12,” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 51–55
To help class members understand that if we are faithful and obedient, God will consecrate our afflictions for our good.
Prayerfully study the following scriptures:
Genesis 40–41. In prison, Joseph correctly interprets the dreams of Pharaoh’s servants. He then interprets Pharaoh’s dreams about cattle and corn. Joseph is made ruler over all Egypt under Pharaoh and prepares the people for the coming famine.
Genesis 42–45. Jacob twice sends his sons to Egypt to buy grain. Joseph makes himself known to his brothers and forgives them, and they rejoice together.
You may want to ask a class member to prepare to present a brief summary of Genesis 42–43.
You may want to show a brief excerpt from “Joseph’s Brothers” or “Reconciliation,” parts 3 and 4 of the Joseph and His Brothers videocassette (53152), as part of the lesson.
The following material supplements the suggested lesson outline. You may want to use one or more of these ideas as part of the lesson.