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Genesis 50: Spiritual Maturity

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Genesis.

Like a fine painting or sculpture, God's work takes time, but its beauty is a tribute to the artist. The previous studies have shown how God used the years of hardship and suffering to produce in Joseph a spiritual maturity unsurpassed in the Old Testament. In this final chapter of Genesis we see how Joseph's life reflects the character of God. He provides a model for the way we should relate to God and others.

Warming Up to God

Reflect for a few moments on what God has taught you about himself through Genesis. Thank God for the ways you've grown, and ask him to teach you more.

Read Genesis 50

Discovering the Word

  • How is Joseph's love and respect for his father evident?
  • Describe the reaction of Joseph's brothers after their father's burial and the strategy they devise to save themselves (vv. 15-18).
  • What does Joseph's answer to his brothers reveal about his attitude toward being treated unjustly (vv. 19-20)?
  • How does Joseph show his brothers that he not only forgives but genuinely loves them (v. 21)?
  • One hundred and ten years was considered to be the ideal life span in ancient Egypt. How are Joseph's final years and words similar to his father's (vv. 22-26)?

Applying the Word

  • Think of someone who has injured you. What is your attitude toward that person?
  • As you look back over this chapter, describe some of the ways Joseph demonstrates the qualities of faith, love and hope.
  • In the Genesis narrative we have seen that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph all died in faith, looking forward to promises they did not see fulfilled in their lifetime. How does their example provide a model for our hope as Christians?

Responding in Prayer

Take time to thank God for his goodness, grace and faithfulness in each generation, including our own.