On Sunday we considered the value and necessity of guilt; it is not a curse, but rather a gracious gift of God to alert us to our need for grace. In Genesis 42 God uses adversity and pressure to awaken the consciences of Joseph's brothers and convict them of their sin. Joseph's aim is not vengeance, but reconciliation, but this will require honesty and repentance. Similarly, the One who now has the power and authority to judge us offers us forgiveness if we will confess our sin and humble ourselves before Him.
Listen to "The Grace of a Guilty Conscience"
PREPARING TO HEAR
This week we will be covering an extended section of Genesis that captures a major turning point in the Joseph story. Take some time to read Genesis 43-45 and consider the following questions:
- How is Judah's role central to this story and how does this signal a change in him?
- Why do the brothers insist on offering themselves, all, as servants?
- Why does Joseph extend compassion to his brothers? What crucial application does this hold for our lives today?
- What gospel themes do you see woven throughout this story?
PREPARING TO SING
Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts