Genesis 39 (ESV)
Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. 5 From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field. 6 So he left all that he had in Joseph’s charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate.
Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. 7 And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” 8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. 9 He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” 10 And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her . . . Continue Reading
Making the Best of a Bad Situation
There’s no doubt Joseph’s reality was turned upside down. Not only did his brothers strip him of his robe of many colors and throw him into a pit in the wilderness without water, he was sold to the Ishmaelites and taken to Egypt.
What a fall from grace for this favorite son of his father Jacob.
But Genesis 39:2 says, “The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master.” He found favor with his master because all that he did succeeded in his hands and was made an overseer of all that his master had. (Genesis 39:3-4).
So here’s this handsome “pool boy” hanging around the house and the master’s wife tries to seduce Joseph. He refused her advances and in his response says, “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” Not only does he recognize he would be sinning against his master but also against God (Genesis 39:8-9). This doesn’t stop her from continuing to pursue him “day after day.”
Her pursuit of Joseph escalates when she “caught him by his garment” and pleaded once again to lie with her. His response to her now escalates as he escapes from her grasp and got out of the house (Genesis 39:12). Now rebuffed, she makes up a story to slander his character and integrity while hiding her own lacking morality. The master’s “anger was kindled” and he threw Joseph into prison (Genesis 39:20).
Now isolated from the blessings of his master, he finds himself far from alone with his real master. Genesis 39:21 says, “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” The result was being put in charge of not only all the prisoners but to the entire prison because the keeper of the prison knew the Lord was with him and whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.
What a testimony of not only Joseph’s faithfulness to God and his earthly master but also that it was the Lord who made him succeed. And it’s the Lord who receives the glory.
Oh Father, may the lessons of this chapter and the testimony of Joseph be made manifest in my life as I walk with you today so that I may bring you glory. Amen.
Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.
In His Care,