Lesson One

Introduction to The Bible File

Lesson Two

Dressing the Stage

Lesson Three(A)

Creation

Lesson Three (B)

Abraham & Joseph

Lesson Three (C)

Moses & Joshua

Lesson Three (D)

Three Societies

Lesson Three (E)

Silence

Lesson Three (F)

Jesus

Lesson Four

The Bible Story in Quick Time

Lesson Five (A)

Biblical Bedrock Part 1

Lesson Five (B)

Biblical Bedrock Part 2

Lesson Six

The Opened Bible

Lesson Seven

Setting Up The Books: Lining Up The Old Testament

Lesson Eight

Setting Up The Books: The New Testament Comes Together

Lesson Nine

Conclusion

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Lesson Three (B)

Abraham and Joseph, the first of the 4 great people

 

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Life Application from: The ABRAHAM File

Abraham was called by God to go to a distant and unknown place; a command backed by His promises of a land for him and his descendants, many children even in his old age, and special blessings for all the world to follow from his righteous life. We don’t know how the call came, but Abraham indeed responded. God still calls His people to do certain things, and many don’t respond because they are not sure it comes from God, or else they don’t believe God to see them through to accomplishment.

Application #1

As with Abraham, it often takes time for God to fulfill his promises. The one thing we can count on is that the same God Who made the promises to Abraham — and kept them — makes promises to all of us and He will keep them also. That’s what the Bible is all about! Believe, respond and participate in God’s Plan for all eternity. What a life and what an adventure! Just be patient. Meet with Him constantly in your prayer life. That’s where the Holy Spirit meets us with directions for the coming events in our own lives. Follow those quiet urgings to discover the pathway that will be made clear in due time -- just as Abraham's pathway on his way to Canaan.


FOR THE GROUP:

Have students give examples of waiting: some of which resulted in known events, others for which we yet wait for answers or further direction.


Application #2

When Abraham was a boy, growing up in an idolatrous home (his father worshipped the Mesopotamian moon god), he probably never dreamed that his life would take such a turn as reported in Genesis 12. Live expectantly! One never knows when the next hour might well present a change of life circumstance that will echo not only through your own family, but possibly through all human history yet to come.


FOR THE GROUP:

Have students recall individuals who came from either humble circumstances are situations vastly different from their later lives, and the effects of their later lives on both secular and Christian history. (Examples: Peter, the big fisherman; or a contemporary local or national leader who emerged from humble circumstances.)

Life Application from: The JOSEPH File

To his older brothers Joseph must have appeared proud and very arrogant, all based on his elderly father’s special favor toward him. Out of their envy and jealousy, the brothers got rid of the boy, or so they thought. When Joseph arrived in Egypt, due to his character traits of honesty, loyalty and faithfulness to the God of his fathers, he behaved morally and eventually rose in the favor of Pharaoh. His character brought him to national attention, an that in turn provided for him a high governmental position of great power and Egyptian influence. His life affected all of history’s follow- on events.


Application #1

Joseph was gifted by God with unusual administrative and managerial abilities, all of which he used as Egypt’s governor. His position in government was also a way to save his family, even though, back in Canaan, his brothers has wickedly mistreated him. How do we handle our own successes? How do we handle others’ successes or failures, maybe those even younger than we? Are we filled with envy? Do we hold grudges? Do we sometimes determine to "set the record straight?"


FOR THE GROUP:

Have students give examples of personal battles with envy and grudges, pointing to times of victory over inner urges to rise higher than others, to obtain more possessions, greater social recognition. Can students recall anyone who punished in some way someone who got in the way of their own successes or social position? What was the effect on that person's later life?


Application #2

On the other hand, do we take advantage of every opportunity to live and witness to others as God’s Word instructs us? There is a God-given role for each one of us. To discover it and to fulfill it gives one’s life its deepest meaning. Scripture gives us the directions that lead to that discovery even though, as in Joseph's case, we must pass through some difficult life events before arriving at that place where inner character surmounts all the difficulties.


FOR THE GROUP:

Have students identify character qualities of Joseph made clear in Scripture that brought him to the attention of Egypt's government administration, eventually bringing Pharaoh to the place of appointing him as second-in-command of the entire country. Can anyone name a current individual who in some way parallels Joseph rise to fame and power?