January 20 | Jacob Moves to Egypt

Today’s Reading:

Read Genesis 47:112

Joseph was glad to be reunited with his brothers. During the time of famine, the best place to live was
in Egypt where Joseph could help them get the food they needed. Joseph worked to move his father,
Jacob, to live in Egypt with his brothers. The entire family was reunited.

Do you remember what Jacob’s name changed to? Israel. Do you remember what we learned about
Israel? The people who were descendants of Israel were called the Israelites they were descendants of
Abraham they were GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE. So, with Jacob living with his 12 sons in Egypt God’s
chosen people were all in one place. And out of respect for Joseph, his entire family was well taken care

God used a hard situation the jealousy of Joseph’s brothers, the lies that led to Joseph being in jail, the
separation from his family for the glory of God and for the good of His Chosen People. Joseph’s story
reminds us that God never leaves us no matter what we might face. And that He wants what is best
for us.


Spend some time thanking God that He is always with us and that He wants what is best for us no
matter what!

Gospel Conversation Opportunity:

Does following God mean that bad things will never happen to you? Use Joseph’s story as an example
of how bad things might still happen to us when we follow God, but God never leaves us! We don’t
have to face them alone.

January Memory Verse:

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

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january memory verse coloring sheet

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