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Summary: This is part 2... Joseph is our example of how to be successful under trials and temptations

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Recipe for Success

Genesis 39:7-10

Last week I started a two part sermon series called Recipes from The Book… the Bible

The Bible is truly God’s recipe book for happiness, success, joy, purity, eternal life, etc

Last week we looked at the Recipe for Disaster, and our example was King David

This week we will look at the Recipe for Success

Who is the example? Let’s look at The Book

Our example is Joseph. You remember Joseph don’t you? Next to the youngest son of Jacob... the one with the big dreams, the pretty coat and the special place in his father’s heart?

Remember he was hated by his brothers him and schemed to kill him but instead they sold him, as a slave, to some traveling salesmen.

Joseph was taken to Egypt and sold to a man named Potiphar.

It did not take long before Potiphar realized that Joseph was special. Whatever Joseph touched turned to gold… or at least turned a tremendous profit. So Potiphar placed this young man in charge of EVERYTHING… every nuance of his business and house… all except his wife, she was off limits.

But the scripture tells us that Potiphar’s wife did not see Joseph as off limits… in fact she wanted him… a lot!!!

Now I want to paint this picture as clearly as I can for you.

In those days, marriages were most often arranged, the girl having no choice. These marriages were usually arranged for fiscal or business reasons. Usually, the husband would be 10 or 20 years older than the girl, already successful and would arrange with the father of the girl to marry her in exchange for money, position or power. It is at least possible and very probable that Potiphar was such a man. Perhaps he had married a much younger girl, for her beauty or for sex. In such a case, this girl may be closer to Joseph’s age and resentful of her older husband. She may have cared nothing for him. He was old, she was young, and she was tempted by this younger, virile young man. Joseph was most likely a virgin. Here was a young, sexually experienced, sexually starved, young beauty with the hots for him.

She would maybe be like one of those young teachers who have sex with their students.

The students, and Joseph would be young and have raging hormones and … well, you know where this is going!!

Or perhaps Potiphar’s wife was not younger than Potiphar and was what we today call a “cougar”… an older woman on the prowl for younger men.

Either way, it would have been hard for this young man filled with raging hormones and pursued by a sexually mature woman to say, “NO.”

You know where it would go… naturally… normally.

But that is not how the story goes, Joseph does say, “NO.”

Before you ask… NO Joseph was not Gay. He later married and had two sons.

Then why did it not go the way we would expect?

That is what the Recipe for Success will teach us.

Do you remember last week’s Recipe for Disaster… I won’t ask you to tell me the points because I don’t want to be embarrassed when you can’t


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