Joseph (That's Good, That's Bad)

Genesis 37, 52

James Watkins

• Storyteller

An audience participation retelling of the story of the Old Testament Joseph

• To preface a Bible study of the life of Joseph
• To introduce a sermon based on Romans 8:28
• Just for fun.

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It’s story time, boys and girls, and I need your help to tell my story. When I go like this [Thumb up] I need you to say “That’s good!” And when I go this this [Thumb down] I need you to say “That’s bad!” Can you do that [Thumb up, thumb down]? I knew you could!

Now, listen real quietly to the story of “Joseph and His Great Big Giant, Super Deluxe Dream”

Once upon a time there was a boy named Joseph. His father, Jacob, bought him a brand new robe. But not just any robe! No, this was red and yellow, and green and blue, and stripped and . . .

      [Thumb up]

No, that was bad because Joseph's brothers became really jealous since a "coat of many colors" was only worn by important people. So, they said, "Who does little brother think he is wearing a robe like that?!

      [Thumb down]

No, that was good. Joseph had a dream that he was going to become someone important alright—the leader of a great nation—and that someday his brothers would have to bow down to him. So, Joseph tried to explain that to his older brothers.

      [Thumb up]

No, that was bad. Joseph's brothers got so mad, they ripped up his brand new coat, and threw him head first into a deep hole in the ground.

      [Thumb down]

No, that's good, because some of his brothers wanted to just kill him. But one of his brothers said, "Hey, we can't kill little Joey." So, they just ripped up his brand new coat, and threw him head first into a deep hole in the ground.

      [Thumb up]

No, that was bad. Because some slave traders from Egypt came by at that time. And one of the brothers said, "Hey, ya wanna buy this kid in the hole?" And so Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers and taken far, far away to Egypt.

      [Thumb down]

No, that was good. Joseph was bought by a rich man named Potiphar. And Joseph was such a good worker that he was put in charge of all of Potiphar’s money and household. It was a really plush job with a good salary, housing, dental plan and 401 K retirement benefits.

      [Thumb up]

. No, that was bad. Because Potiphar’s evil wife told all sorts of lies about Joseph and had him thrown in jail.

      [Thumb down]

No, that was good. Because while Jospeh was in jail, he met two king's servants. And Joseph showed them how he could tell the future with God's help. Now, that's a good thing to be able to do—especially if you're the leader of a great country. So one of the servants told the Pharaoh about it. And so the young man who had had the dream of becoming an important leader—was made an important leader—the vice-Pharaoh of Egypt.

      [hesitant thumb up]

Actually, it was good because a famine was coming.

      [Thumb down]

No, what was good, because God told Joseph that for seven years there would be nothing but huge harvests of crops, but half must be stored because after that would come seven years when nothing—not even dandelions—would grow.

      [Hesitant thumb down]

It was good. Egypt had enough to eat. Joseph's brothers came to buy grain and they bowed before him just as he had dreamed. And when they found out it was little Joey, they had a big family reunion and the whole family came to live in Egypt—right in the royal neighborhood.

      [Thumb up]

Yes, it was good. It is confusing, though, when things we think are good, sometimes turn out bad. And things we think are bad eventually turn out good. But Joseph knew a secret. He told his brothers "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many life." So even though his brothers ripped up his brand new robe, threw him head first down a deep hole in the ground and sold him into Egypt; and even though Potiphar's wife told all sorts of lies about him and had him thrown in jail; God was able to work good out of the bad.

      [Thumb up]

Yes, that’s very good!

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