Robbie: Last week we learned about Jacob and Esau. Today I am
going to tell you the story of Jacobís favorite son, Joseph. Jacob loved
Joseph so much, he gave him a special coat with bright colored stripes
on it. The coat was beautiful but it made his brothers very jealous.
God loved Joseph too and He had big plans for him. God told Joseph
about his plan in dreams. One day Joseph told his brothers all about his
Joseph: And I dreamed that there were all these bundles of
wheat and they bowed down to my bundle of wheat. Isnít that cool? Thatís
Brother 1: (getting angrier) Really, dear brother
Joseph. Do tell!
Joseph: In this one, the sun moon and stars bowed down to me!
How cool is that?
Brothers 1 and 2: Grrrr....
Robbie: So one day when Joseph was coming out to see his
Brother 1: Here comes Joseph. Letís kill him!
Brother 2: I say we throw him down the well.
Joseph: Hey guys, whatís up? Why are you looking at me that
way? (Brothers throw him down the pit.) Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!
Brothers: Ha ha ha ha!
Brother 1: If he gets found, Dad is going to be, like, soooo
Brother 2: Look!
Robbie: Across the field there came some men who bought and
sold slaves. The brothers got a really mean idea.
Brother 2: Letís sell him! Then we can tell dad that an animal
ate him. Weíll pocket the money and buy a new Play Station game with it.
Brother 1: Good idea, except for one thing.
Brother 2: What?
Brother 1: Play Station hasnít been invented yet, you bozo!
Brother 2: Oh yeah.
Robbie: So they sold Joseph to the men and the men took Joseph
to Egypt. When the brothers went back to their father Jacob, they told
him that Joseph had been eaten by a crocodile and all that was left was
his beautiful coat. Jacob cried about this for a long, long time.
Meanwhile, Joseph was doing OK. God was helping him and gave him the
special power to understand what dreams meant. That gift made him so
popular that the Pharoah, the king of Egypt put him in charge of all
Pharoah: (New Jersey Accent) Joseph my boy! I have had
a weird dream! I ate cucumbers before bedtime but that usually just
gives me nightmares. This dream wasnít scary just totally bananas!
Joseph: The dream was about bananas?
Pharoah: No. no, the dream is driving me bananas.
Joseph: Oh, well what was the dream about, your highness?
Pharoah: Ok, so thereís these 7 fat cows right? And then there
comes these skinny cows and the skinny cows eat up the fat cows. I just
donít get it. Nope, I just donít get it! What does it mean?
Joseph: Thatís easy, sire! We are going to have 7 years of
great crops and 7 years of bad crops. We need to plant and harvest and
store all we can so we will have enough food for the 7 years of no
Pharoah: Oh, I get it! Say, your pretty good, Kid! Stick with
me, youíll go places!
Robbie: So the people of Egypt did what Joseph told them. Soon
they had tons of food stored up. Because they had no food, everyone
needed to get food from Joseph in Egypt. One day, even Josephís brothers
showed up to buy food. Joseph gave them food but they didnít recognize
him at first. Then... he told them who he was. They bowed down to him,
just like in the dreams. Joseph forgave his brothers for being mean to
him. Jacob was thrilled to find out his son was alive and well. Joseph
gave his family plenty of food to take back with them. He saved their
lives even though they had been so mean. Now thatís a hero!