What does it mean to “transmit” something? During our Sunday School meeting yesterday, we determined that when you “transmit” something, you pass it on. Using that definition, this lesson is focused on the fact that Joseph passed on the promise that was givene to Abraham. What was that promise? Share with us your understanding of that promise. God told Abraham that his offspring would be great, and that he would be a blessing to others. How can you and I continue to transmit the promise? What happens when we don’t want continue to transmit? What happens when we allow fear, guilt, unforegiveness, to interfere with our responsibility to “transmit” the promises and the word of God?
Our last posting focused on the celebration of the gift God has given to each of us, who believes in Him. The comments were thought provoking and opened the door for us to really reflect on how we magnify and glorify the Lord. After the discussion on the long awaited promise and proclaiming that God really keeps His promises, we began a study on the life of Joseph. Joseph’s life exemplifies his total dependence and trust in God. In the first lesson of the New Year, we discussed temptations and the road to escape. There is only one road, and that road leads to God through Jesus Christ. Resisting temptation and standing on the promises of God are always rewarded. As Christians, this is what we know; but how do we help our brothers and sisters who are still struggling to undertand this concept? Our new lesson leads us into a discussion on “real success, true success, and finding favor”. Now let’s get practical for just a minute. Who does not want to be successful or find favor? How do we advise people on how to reach true success or favor? One point we should always share is that God has the ability to change any situation, and that He alone is in charge of all circulstances. What do you think? Do you ever wonder why some things turn out the way they do? Now we know that not everything went well for Joseph, but God was still with him. Do you always know that regardless of the circumstances, God is always with you?
Read the background scriptures, Genesis 41:1-36. What characteristics marked Joseph as a man of God? Why do you think these characteristics were desired by Pharaoh? Reflect on Joseph’s rise to power–what does this tell us about Joseph; more importantly what does this tell us about God? After studying this lesson, what is one word that comes to your mind?
There is a story of a pilot, who was flying his plane and all of a sudden he became blind. He radioed the tower and told them that he was blind and could not see. A traffic controller told him to stay calm and listen to his voice; he would direct his landing. The traffic controller began speaking in a soft calm voice, guiding the pilot, telling him when to turn the plane, lift up the wings, increase/decrease altitude, reduce speed, and finally release the wheels and prepare for the landing. The pilot touched down, and the plane skidded. The controller calmly told him to pull up the wheels and try again. He tried again, and again, he failed. Finally, the pilot told the controller, I can’t do it, so buddy it is up to you. The controller, once again, spoke in a calm voice and began the process all over again. This time however, the pilot listened and followed his instructions precisely. Well you can guess the ending of this story. The plane landed without incident and the pilot realized that since he could not see his way, he had to let the controller take control. We don’t have to be like the pilot. We can start off letting God take control. Believe it or not my sisters and brothers, we can not see without God’s direction and help. Give it to Him. He will lead you to a safe landing and reward you along the way.
I can’t wait to read your comments!: Linda Corbett, Sunday School Superintendent