Joseph: “A Fruitful Life” – The Road to Reconciliation – Genesis 42-44
REFLECTION: remembering the main points
The road towards reconciliation (and fullness in our relationships with others and God) involves:
- Facing our past
- Embracing the process
DISCUSSION: helpful questions
- God used a crisis of famine to begin to deal with a relational famine in Joseph’s family. How has God used crises in your life?
- Why do you think God gives three large chapters to the process of reconciliation in Joseph’s family?
- Look closer at each of the main characters of this story and consider the following questions:
- What did they need to face up to from their past before reconciliation could take place?
- In what ways were events from their past still affecting them in the present?
- What did they need to do about this?
Verses to help: Joseph (Genesis 41:51-52; 42:6-17); The Brothers (42: 21-22, 28; 43:18; 44:16); Jacob (42:1, 36- 38; 43:6, 11-14)
- Do you agree with C.S. Lewis “to forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Why/ why not? ERROR ALERT! “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” The quote os from Lewis B. Smedes not CS Lewis.From: ‘Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve.’
- When facing up to guilt, grief or grudges, why is a process often necessary?
- As Christians what enables us to deal with guilt, grief or grudges?
APPLICATION: ideas that work
Forgiveness is rooted in the sacrificial death of Christ on the Cross. Take time to listen to this song – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdq9Q8wJdjc [LEAD ME TO THE CROSS – Hillsongs} writing down on a piece of card all that God has done for you at the Cross. Let that kindle a desire for a life of forgiveness.