Discussion Questions for the week

Where do you see injustice in this story?

How could that injustice have been addressed?

In what ways is Joseph’s freedom limited?

What freedom does Joseph still have?

Where do you see God at work in this story?

Acting on the Word

Pray for those in prison. Visit the website for Women at the Well, a United Methodist congregation inside the women’s prison in Mitchelville, Iowa. How might you and/or the church be called to support the ministry of Women at the Well or some other prison ministry?

Daily Readings

Sunday, Sept. 25; Joseph goes to Prison

Genesis 39:1-23

Monday, Sept. 26; Joseph in Prison

Genesis 40:1-23

Tuesday, Sept. 27; Joseph and Pharaoh’s Dreams

Genesis 41:1-36

Wednesday, Sept. 28; Joseph’s Rise to Power

Genesis 41:37-57

*Thursday, Sept. 29; Pharaoh invites Joseph’s Family

Genesis 45:1-20

Friday, September 30; Slavery in Egypt

Exodus 1:8-14; 2:1-20

OR Exodus 1:8-2:20

Saturday, October 1; Call of Moses

Exodus 3:1-22

*Between Wednesdays and Thursdays readings, Joseph’s brothers have twice come to Egypt in search of food to buy. Joseph has recognized them, but the brothers have not recognized Joseph. Joseph plays many tricks on his brothers. It is only in Genesis 45 that Joseph finally reveals himself.

Reflection Questions on the Daily Readings

What words or phrases stand out to you?

What questions or insights does this reading raise?

Where is injustice happening?

Where is justice being done?

How is God at work in these stories?

Next Week: Rescue at the Sea (Exodus 14:10-14, 21-29)