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Message Notes

When Life Gives You Lemons // The Dream // 05.29.22

We all have dreams. Or at least we used to have dreams of what our life was supposed to look like. Joseph is described as a dreamer by his brothers because of a God given dream given to him. But unfortunately his brothers are dream killers and become the source of the lemons in Joseph’s life. This message begs the question, what can or has killed our dreams?

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result to preserve many people alive.”  Genesis 50:20


Genesis 37:1-4


  1. God gives Joseph a ______________

Genesis 37:5-8


Genesis 37:13-19


DREAM KILLERS…

 

*Life can _________________

Genesis 37:23    


*Life can _________________

Genesis 37:24


*Life can _________________

Genesis 37:26-28


*Life can _________________

Genesis 37:29-33


Genesis 37:36


    Acts 7:9   

Discussion Questions

Intro: This is one crazy family story that should be loads of fun dialoging. Read Genesis 37:1-36 multiple times so you don’t miss anything. Write down all your thoughts and questions to share with your group. Take your time on this one because there is so much in there.


1. How much wisdom did 17-year-old Joseph display in sharing the dream with his half-brothers? Explain what you think he did wrong. 


2. Okay here we go. Joseph is given a dream, but he runs into four dream killers. 

*Life de-values us of our identity, we are the “Favored/Graced” children of our Father in heaven. This is an identity issue. 

*Life can lower us in our opportunities. Joseph is thrown in deep pit with no way out. Life’s limits seem to limit our opportunities and can kill our dreams.

*Life can rob us into selling off parts or all of the dream. Joseph is sold off. 

*Life can cycle us into repeat family patterns. This can be good or bad. In Joseph’s case it was bad. His father Israel deceived his father Isaac with goat skins and now he is deceived by goat blood. This is repeat dysfunctional family pattern. 

My Question is: Can you relate to any of the four dream killers?  Explain


3. Genesis 37:14-15. Joseph goes to check on the welfare of his brothers and in verse 15 he is “wandering” and a man asks him, “What are you looking for?” And isn’t it true that if we don’t know what we are looking for in life, we end up wandering. What are you looking for? What is your dream? 


4. Reuben tried to save little Joe in verse 22, but upon his return he finds they sold him off in verse 30. Notice what Reuben says, “The boy is not there; as for me, where am I to go?” What do you think Reubens means by that? 


5. Double Bonus Jeopardy question: You will have to think a bit on this one. In Genesis 37:21-29 Reuben tries to save Joseph but upon his return Judah sold Joseph off. There is something culturally wrong in this activity. Now read Genesis 29:31-35 and explain what is wrong. 

Resources

The Case For the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary R. Habermas & Michael R. Licona


Warren Wiersbe Bible Exposition Commentary


John Courson Bible Commentaries


Vines Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words


William Barclay


Craig keener


https://www.bibleref.com


https://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/guzik_david/


New Bible Commentary


Bible Exposition Commentary 


https://enduringword.com


https://www.logos.com

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