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Genesis 39

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”

But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14 she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”

16 She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. 17 Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me. 18 But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”

19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.

But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lordwas with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.


Genesis 39

Time and time again throughout this chapter we are reminded that the Lord was with Joseph. He seems like one of those people you want to be friends with… honest, trustworthy, true to himself and most of all loyal to God. Unfortunately he always ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets himself into some situations beyond his control.
The last time we saw Joseph his brothers had sold him to the Ishmaelites. Now in Egypt the Ishmaelites have sold him to Potiphar who was like the chief of police. This man can clearly see how the Lord blesses Joseph and entrusts him not only to be his personal servant but to be in charge of everything he owned.  He felt like he didn’t have to worry about anything with Joseph around except what he ate. (that strikes me as funny he must’ve had a big appetite). We see that Joseph was mentioned as being a handsome well-built guy, and Potiphar’s wife wants him… Lusts for him even.  Joseph was there for about 11 years we don’t know if she chased him all 11 years or not but we do know that she eventually set him up for a fall when she didn’t get her way and falsely accused him of rape.
Now Joseph is thrown into prison. The warden could see that the Lord was with Joseph as well. So even in prison… even as a slave.. God made sure Joseph was promoted. He was in put in charge of the prisoners and what needed to be done at the prison.  Joseph did not use his difficult situations to sin against God. He didn’t used them as an excuse to compromise his values and morals, he chose integrity. Amen! Even in our difficult situations God can still be good. We have to stay strong and not compromise our walk with him. Pastor Jose said this morning “the presence of problems is not the absence of Gods presence”
Joseph was a true servant to God, just like Jesus taught us a better way in life as a servant.
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭20:26-28‬ ‭NIV‬‬
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭12:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬
God was developing Joseph’s character by molding and preparing him for something bigger. God often builds leaders through humility and suffering using both these characteristics to develop a person into a strong leader and that’s exactly what he was doing with Joseph.
The Lord was with Joseph and the Lord is with us it doesn’t matter where we are. In every single situation he is right there.
“And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬
God is in control and is seated at throne and that is never going to change. Even in the presence of problems we can trust him to guide us and mold us into who He wants us to become. Remember not all situations are from Satan. When you get into that tough spot remind yourself who is in control.
Are you in a tough situation right now?
Choose integrity.
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