This Term, year 7’s have been studying the people of the covenant. We’ve looked at people like Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and King David. We have been creating interviews and performances portraying our knowledge and understanding for this unit.
This is a recount on the life of Joseph.
Joseph was a young boy who did not know what God had installed for his future; he lived with his mother, stepmother, his father, sister, and ten older brothers. He was a natural born leader ready for anything that the world threw at him. He was the kind of child that always had high hopes and big dreams (literally). Many people fail to notice that the story of Joseph is about redemption. Joseph went through trouble but through all that God was by his side and in the end God helps him out of all his troubles. (Genesis 50:20: “What you meant for evil God meant for good.”) God also uses Joseph to fulfill his promise to multiply Abraham’s seed. Once Joseph settles his family in Goshen, the family of Abraham is “fruitful and multiplies exceedingly” (Genesis 47:27).
Under Joseph’s leadership, Abraham’s seed flourishes. God promised Abraham a dynasty, (a royal seed). Joseph is the first of that “seed”, a new Adam meditating God’s blessings to the nations, a beloved son and a servant king. The story isn’t just about how Joseph fulfills the Abrahamic promise, but about how God keeps his covenant and fulfills his promises through a rejected but “royal seed”. The covenant is secure in the hands of the God who can majorly orchestrate the actions of evil men for his good purposes (Genesis 50:20).
Through Joseph, God is reversing the curse and fulfilling his promises to Abraham. (Genesis 37-50) is not just about God’s providence; it’s also about his promises. God uses Joseph to turn back the effects of the curse and accomplish his promises to Abraham. He stacks the odds against himself and then demonstrates his power by using an imprisoned slave, exiled by his own family. Perhaps Moses spends so much time on Joseph to show us how God can pull off the impossible even through a seemingly insignificant Jew, rejected by his own brothers. Perhaps Moses spends so much time on Joseph so his people would anticipate a coming Joseph who would finally and completely reverse the curse and fulfill the promises. Joseph’s story is the story of the whole Bible. It’s the story of glory through suffering, exaltation through indignity. It’s the story of the “cross and the crown”.
I hope that this teaches you something about Joseph.
Keziah Opoku - Gyan
Year 7 student
The most interesting figure that we looked at and had an effect on the students in my class was King David. Here are some of the things we learnt about King David:
How David was appointed King
It was a sunny day and David a shepherd boy, was tending, to his father's flock . He was called upon and went to see what his father needed. At that point, David was anointed King of Israel by Samuel, a prophet at that time.
David fought Goliath
It was years later in his life that King David proved his worth by defeating the immensely tall and strong giant named Goliath. His weapon was a single smooth stone shot from his handmade slingshot.
King Saul and David
King Saul becomes jealous that David is more popular than him so he sends a death warrant. The person that kills David shall be rewarded with fame and fortune. This forces King David to hide in a cave for seven and a half years.
As King Saul tries to hunt down King David, God protects David by supplying him with food, shelter and water. This formed an unbreakable bond between King David and God and leads to the downfall of King Saul in battle which ultimately made David King of Israel.
Unfortunately. King David committed a big sin and is not forbidden to build the temple of Jerusalem to house the Ten Commandments brought down from the mountain by Moses.
Throughout this term Year 7 have been engaged in this topic and have learnt about many people in the convent from the Bible.
Year 7 student