Lesson Notes—Lesson 11 “How Can I Do This Great Wickedness?”
· Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers
· Joseph refuses to “sin against God”
· Shechem, Reuben, and Judah commit serious moral sins—compare to Joseph’s faithfulness
Prep: print out little slips (see 3rd page)
· Went to the drugstore/bookstore/movie store/movies Saturday and began to browse through the racks there: Mention titles of main mags and books and movies that I saw that deal with worldly sexual morality standards (rather than feature violence or sci-fi, etc.) Some of these stories deal with a homosexual relationship between two cowboys, how to please your man, romance novels that have torrid sex scenes in them, after which that’s how they know that they love a person, that “the earth moved,” etc.
· How do these standards differ from the Lord’s standard as taught in the scriptures and by Church leaders?
· Was it always this acceptable? What was it like 40 years ago? What will it be like 40 years from now? The moral behavior of society often differs from the moral standards that the Lord has established. While society’s standards can change, the Lord’s standards are constant. This lesson deals with the experience of one man who followed the Lord’s standard of morality and other men who didn’t, and the consequences of following or not following the Lord’s standard.
Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers
· have class member summarize Gen. 37: 1-17
If it is not addressed in the summary, ask “Why were Joseph’s brothers jealous of him?”
“How do you react when members of your family offend you or receive better treatment than you do?”
“How can we overcome feelings of jealousy or anger toward family members or friends?”
“How did Joseph respond when his
father asked him to go to Shechem to see how his
brothers were doing?”(Shechem about
45 miles away and
“What can we learn about young Joseph from this account?
· have another class member summarize Gen. 37: 18-28
· have another class member summarize Gen. 37: 29-36
“How did Reuben’s reasons for
sparing Joseph’s life differ from
Joseph refuses to “sin against God.”
Shechem, Reuben, and Judah commit serious moral sins—compare to Joseph’s faithfulness
Pass out to members before lesson