Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014

Read:  Genesis 44:14-45:3

Why did Judah return with Benjamin to Egypt? How does this highlight how Judah has changed?

How did Joseph respond? Why? What does this imply about earning back trust after a betrayal?

Who is ultimately responsible for ending a trust process? Why? How do you need to apply this truth?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 20, 2014

Read:   Genesis 37:18-28, 31-33, 43:8-9, 44:4-33

What was Judah’s role in selling Joseph as a slave? How was it covered up when presented to Jacob?

How do you see Judah changing over time when it comes to Benjamin? Be specific.

How do you see this applying to a betrayal you’ve experienced? How will monitoring progress help?

Friday, September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014

Read:   Genesis 43:11-44:13, 2 Peter 1:5-8

How does 2 Peter 1:5-8 highlight “actions speak louder than words”. How does this play out in Joseph’s story?

Why is this the only way true reconciliation can take place? What do limited changes reveal?

In what way does this truth apply to both the betrayer and the betrayed? What is God challenging you to do?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 18, 2014

Read:   Genesis 43:11-44:13, 37:2-4, 12-13, 18-20

How did Jacob view Joseph before he went to Egypt? How did the brothers view Joseph before Egypt?

In what way did Joseph try to trigger old feelings for his brothers? Why? What was the result?

How would this have helped Joseph trust his brothers again? Why is this critical for any reconciliation?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014

What rational did Paul use when trying to convince Philemon to take back his runaway slave Onesimus?

What does this highlight about the process for reconciliation? How can this be confused with compassion?

Describe a betrayal you’ve experienced. What can be done to establish a biblical reconciliation process?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 16, 2014

Read:  Genesis 43:1-10, Acts 3:19

Summarize what is required for someone to become a Christian and be reconciled to God.

In what way was Joseph’s process modeling God’s process for reconciliation? How does this provide hope?

What are some ways compromise can happen over time? How is God encouraging you? Be specific.

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15, 2014

Read: Genesis 42:18-24, 43:1-10

Why did Joseph put Simeon in jail? How long did it take before the brothers came to get him?

Why was it important Joseph didn’t release Simeon before they returned? What would have happened?

What does this teach about not lowering the standards of a reconciliation process?