[Linux4christians] Thursday Genesis 39:1-10
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Wed Jul 14 22:24:02 EDT 2010
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
39:1 Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt. An Egyptian named
Potiphar, an official of Pharaoh and the captain of the guard, purchased
him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him there. 39:2 The Lord was
with Joseph. He was successful and lived in the household of his
Egyptian master. 39:3 His master observed that the Lord was with him and
that the Lord made everything he was doing successful. 39:4 So Joseph
found favor in his sight and became his personal attendant. Potiphar
appointed Joseph overseer of his household and put him in charge of
everything he owned. 39:5 From the time Potiphar appointed him over his
household and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian's
household for Joseph's sake. The blessing of the Lord was on everything
that he had, both in his house and in his fields. 39:6 So Potiphar left
everything he had in Joseph's care; he gave no thought to anything
except the food he ate.
Now Joseph was well built and good-looking. 39:7 Soon after these
things, his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Have sex with
me." 39:8 But he refused, saying to his master's wife, "Look, my master
does not give any thought to his household with me here, and everything
that he owns he has put into my care. 39:9 There is no one greater in
this household than I am. He has withheld nothing from me except you
because you are his wife. So how could I do such a great evil and sin
against God?" 39:10 Even though she continued to speak to Joseph day
after day, he did not respond to her invitation to have sex with her.
Lord, may I be found as faithful to You as Joseph, not matter the cost
or the fairness of the consequences.
While Joseph was a slave his strong work ethic overcame his fear and
sadness and earned him the respect of his owner, Potiphar.
The text draws attention to Joseph's concern for his diet, perhaps a
precursor to those Hebrews who were later taken into slavery and who
also requested special consideration for the foods they were served.
Potipher's wife persistently attempted to seduce Joseph but he refused,
citing both his loyalty to Potipher and to God -- noting that his sin
would be against God and man.
What Joseph's brothers meant for evil, which means they were unknowingly
partnering with Satan, God turned to good in the life of Joseph.
How different might Joseph's future have been had he ignored God and
submitted to temptation? God blessed his obedience and later used him to
save his people. Had Joseph failed God would have found another, perhaps
Benjamin or Reuben.
Reflect on this:
Satan was not done with Joseph. He used his brother's greed and pride
against them and now he uses Potipher's wife's lust to tempt him -- but
because Joseph honored God Satan's attempted-temptation was never got
that far -- it became a test which Joseph passed.
When have you been confronted with an appealing and easy sin and chose
to declare your obligation to neither sin against man or God? Or did
you? What was the result of your choice?
/_Faith in Action_/
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a place where the Enemy is right
now tempting you.
I will be honest with myself, and the Holy Spirit, and acknowledge the
place or places in my life where He has revealed that I am being
tempted. As necessary I will ask a fellow believer to pray in-agreement
with me for the courage and wisdom to resist. I will also assert my
authority as a child of God to instruct the Enemy (or his demonic
emissary) to depart. I will testify to the human agent of temptation,
where possible, my reasons for resisting (to not sin against God or man).
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
*Friday's text will be: */_Genesis 39:11-23_/
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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