Joseph Explains Dreams – Genesis 40 - 41

Even though this lesson is called “Joseph Explains Dreams,” Joseph himself in this passage says that he cannot interpret dreams. Only God knows the thoughts of a man, and only God can interpret the meaning behind a person’s dreams. This story shows us what can happen when someone (Joseph) communes with God closely. It demonstrates how God uses even people’s dreams to weave together HIs good plan for Joseph and his family and how He uses Joseph to bless so many other people in the process. God’s methods continue today; He weaves together plans that are good for His people individually and corporately, and He blesses multitudes of people through His people as He unfolds HIs plans.


  • Activity Grain Collage - allow kids to glue different grains (lentils, corn, wheat, etc.) to paper plates in designs they create. Remind them that Joseph began storing grain in Egypt to protect its people from famine. As kids create their designs, discuss questions below.

2. DISCUSS THE STORY (some possible answers in italics)

  • What did you like about this passage?

  • What didn’t you like about this passage?

  • What do you learn about God from this passage? 

- God knows our thoughts and dreams. 

- God knows everything.

- Since God knows our thoughts and dreams, He knows when we are scared or worried, and He cares.

- God can use even people’s thoughts and dreams to work His will.

- God is always working out His plan.

  • What do you learn about people from this passage?

- People are forgetful and unreliable.

- People need good and wise leaders.

- People are blessed when their leaders are unselfish and work for their good.

  • What do you learn about yourself from this story?

- I can trust that God is in control and that He has a good plan for me.

- I want to be used by God to bless other people and care for them.