Archive for July 14th, 2011

Genesis 39

Genesis 39 brings Joseph out of the pit to Egypt into Potiphar’s house who had bought him.  “The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man”.  Brothers had tried to rob him of a future by selling him – but God is making the outcome very different.  Because he was blessed by God “Joseph found favor….made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had….Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake”.  Just like we saw wickedness spilling onto those in it’s presence in the last chapter – here we see blessing spilling the same way.  Joseph is blessed and it flows all over Potiphar’s place – even though he doesn’t have any relationship with God.

Joseph was blessed in many ways – one of which was his “form and appearance” – in other words he was a hunk.  That didn’t go unnoticed by Potiphar’s wife who tried to get him to lie with her.  More soap opera stuff going on here.  Joseph refuses over and over, day after day, but she continues to pursue him.  Finally one day when only the two of them were in the house – she gets more aggressive and tries to grab him and make him lie with her.  He again refuses and flees as “she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house”.  Joseph gives us a great lesson on what to do when temptation is knocking at our door – turn tail and run – flee from it.

Potiphar’s wife is embarrassed by this turn of events.  He won’t give in and now she wants to punish him, so she screams and makes up a story that he had tried to attack her but fled when she cried out.  Of course – that doesn’t go well with Potiphar when he gets home.  So “his anger was kindled….put him into the prison”.  Not an unexpected result given the circumstances and information Potiphar had.

Once again Joseph finds himself in a place he has not created or deserved.  “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison”.  And once again God doesn’t lose sight of Joseph and what is going on.  He causes the prison keeper to “put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners….the Lord made it succeed”.  Never doubt that God is watching.  He knows what is happening.  He does make all things right.

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