Lincoln was much surprised one day when a man of rather forbidding countenance drew a revolver
and thrust the weapon into his face. In such circumstances “Abe” at once concluded that any
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Joseph was a handsome young man. He also trusted in God and because of this he looked and acted differently than the other slaves. As a result, another great test came to him. His master’s wife fell in love with him and wanted him to make love to her (v. 7). Joseph refused and told her that would be a sin against both God and his master (vv. 8-9). He then deliberately and wisely sought to avoid her daily advances by refusing to even be around her. Joseph was convinced that God had called him to a special task and if a person is to fulfill God’s plan, he cannot sin against the one who will bring it to pass. Our sins may harm and defraud others, but God is always the one most hurt and concerned.
Joseph had suffered in a pit because of the hatred of his brothers, but now he would face an even greater danger because of the lust of an evil woman (Prov. 23:27). We find that Potiphar’s wife used that same approach that wicked women use today. Her first approach involved flattery (v. 7), then the long enticing (v.10), and finally the ambush (vv. 11-12). When Joseph fled, she was humiliated by his refusal of her and fabricated a lie to accuse him of trying to assault her. She showed his coat to her household servants and then to her husband telling them Joseph had made improper advances to her (vv. 13-18). He may have lost his coat but he kept his character.
It is interesting to note that this is the second time that a coat of Joseph’s is used to bring a false report about him (37:31). In both cases he had been serving faithfully but in both cases he ended up in bondage. In the entire book of Genesis only Joseph is described as a person who was filled with the Spirit of God (Gen. 41:38). In fact the entire emphasis is on his total uprightness throughout the attempted seduction by Potiphar’s wife. He wasn’t about to sacrifice either his purity of his integrity just to please his master’s wife. He was put in jail because of a false witness brought against him.
Have I ever been falsely accused of something and had to suffer for it? If so what was my reaction? I must remember that in God’s time He always balances the books, even if it isn’t until eternity.
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Genesis 36:1-43Decendants of Esau
Genesis 37:1-17Joseph Goes to See His Brothers Who Hate Him
Genesis 37:18-36Joseph Sold Into Egypt by His Brothers
Genesis 38:1-30Judah And Tamar
Genesis 39:1-6Joseph is Delivered to Potiphar
Genesis 39:7-18Potiphar’s Wife Accuses Joseph
Genesis 39:19-23Joseph is Sent to Prison
Genesis 40:1-8Pharaoh’s Two Servant’s in Prison
Genesis 40:9-23Joseph Interprets Two Prisoners Dreams
Genesis 41:1-13Pharaoh’s Dream
Genesis 41:14-24Pharaoh Tells Joseph His Dream
Genesis 41:25-36Joseph Interprets Pharoah’s Dreams
Genesis 41:37-49Joseph Rises to Power
Genesis 41:50-57Joseph Put in Charge of The Store Houses
Genesis 42:1-17Joseph Brothers Go to Egypt to Buy Grain
Genesis 42:18-38The Brothers Return Home to Jacob