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I am a Christian family man, Lay Pastor and writer from Deep East Texas. I love life, and I enjoy working with young people. I have published two books; "A Small Mind Among Tall Trees" and "God If You Are Not Too Busy, Can You Give Me a Hand". If you want to obtain a copy drop me an e-mail or go to or barnesand . I have been a salesman, cowman and athlete in my past. I still have a strong sense of humor and am not afraid to use it.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Genesis 39

Relax, Read and Reflect
Prayer- Lord-Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
1 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.
2 The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, 4 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. 5 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. 6 So he left in Joseph's care everything he had; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Come to bed with me!"
8 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. 9 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 LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.
Meanwhile, back with Joseph. Joseph has been sold into slavery by his brothers, and the Ishmaelites took him to Egypt. Egypt was a land of stark contrasts, it had the very rich-and the very poor. Joseph was sold to Potiphar, a wealthy Egyptian, and prospered. He has a lot of natural talents, and did not turn from God. He had been taken from his home under bad situations, and it would have been easy for him to turn his back on God, but he didn’t-and God blessed him.
He was doing well, and Potiphar promoted him. Joseph was handsome and Potiphars wife lusted for him. It would have been easy(no pun intended,) and expected for Joseph to sleep with his master’s wife, but he didn’t. He did not want to sin against God. Consenting adults tend to rationalize their behavior as hurting no one, but when they sin with each other, they also sin against God. Joseph stayed strong against constant temptation, and even ran from Potophars wifes advances, and this made her mad. She made up a story saying that Joseph had tried to rape her, (instead of her raping him,) and Joseph was thrown into prison. No trial, no nothing. He was probably sent there to die, because there was no speedy trial. God was still with him, and Joseph continued to have success.
Could we behave in the same way? Yes-we could, but would we. When things go bad, and I mean real bad, will we remember God is with us-or will we turn away from Him as He has obviously turned from us. This is part of our faith, and it is my prayer that we can resist temptation and keep God in our hearts, no matter what happens.
Prayer: God, remind me that You are with me always. Help me resist the temptations to sin against you. Keep me pure and honest, and I will use my talents for you. Go-Fight -Win. Amen.
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