Summary: Looking at Joseph's encounter with Potiphar's Wife, understanding how to Trust God in Temptation and how to overcome it.
TRUSTING GOD … WHEN TEMPATION CREEPS IN!
“When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. The LORD was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the LORD was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the LORD began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat! Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded. But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.” She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house. When she saw that she was holding his cloak and he had fled, she called out to her servants. Soon all the men came running. “Look!” she said. “My husband has brought this Hebrew slave here to make fools of us! He came into my room to rape me, but I screamed. When he heard me scream, he ran outside and got away, but he left his cloak behind with me.” She kept the cloak with her until her husband came home. Then she told him her story. “That Hebrew slave you’ve brought into our house tried to come in and fool around with me,” she said. “But when I screamed, he ran outside, leaving his cloak with me!” Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained.“ (Genesis 39:1–20, NLT)
Two cars were involved in a horrific car accident. Both of cars were wrecked but miraculously neither driver was hurt. After they both crawl out of their respective cars, the one driver, a woman, says to the other driver, "So, you’re a man... That’s interesting. I’m a woman. Wow! Just look at our cars! They’re wrecked, but fortunately we‘re unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days." The man, looking at the attractive woman replies, "I agree with you completely. This must be a sign from God!" The woman continues, "And look at this, here’s another miracle... My car is completely smashed, but this bottle of wine didn’t break in the crash. Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune." She hands the bottle to the man. He opens it, drinks half the bottle and then hands it back to the woman. The woman takes the bottle, immediately puts the cap back on, and hands it back to the man. The man said, "Hey! Aren’t you having any?" She replies, "No. I think I’ll just wait for the police to arrive..."
Duped by the wiles of a shrewd, but unscrupulous woman! Joseph was almost duped by such a woman. However he TRUSTED GOD and was able to come through unscathed. Yes? Not really, from a lowly slave to the manager of Potipher’s household and then suddenly thrown into prison for nothing that he had done wrong. In fact, just because he had done the right thing! Talk about a roller coaster ride! Despite where he landed there is much we can learn from Joseph about TRUSTING GOD WHEN TEMPTATION CREEPS IN!
We have over the past few weeks been learning from Joseph’s experience what it means to trust God. By way of introducing the series, we scanned Joseph’s entire life and discovered what it meant to …