Scripture reading for January 13th: Genesis 37-40
The story of Joseph is a fascinating one! He was a dreamer and the youngest of 11 brothers. He was also his father’s favorite and probably a little spoiled. He had dreams that showed his father and brothers bowing down to him and shared them with his family. His brothers jealousy nearly cost him his life! At least one of his brothers showed a small amount of compassion and his life was spared as they sold Joseph into slavery and he was taken to Egypt.
Joseph was evidently quite handsome and muscular. In his new role as servant to a wealthy Egyptian named Potiphar, Joseph was noticed by his master’s wife. One day when Potiphar was gone, Joseph was doing his duties in the house. He was propositioned by Potiphar’s wife: “Come to bed with me!” Joseph’s response was full of truth and godly wisdom. “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?” (Genesis 39:9b) This happened day after day and Joseph continued to refuse her advances.
Adultery is a sin! It is a sin against God and another person who is already joined as one to their spouse by God. God hates adultery and this sin causes lying, jealousy, hatred, violence and ultimately death. Adultery sows violence in a relationship and destroys marriages and homes. (Malachi 2:16) Children are the victims and the devil loves to devour the children.
Joseph gives us some very practical advice about how to escape temptation. Our first line of defense is our feet! If we would just quickly remove ourselves from the temptation, how much easier we find we can resist! When we linger and reason we will always be defeated! Running away may seem cowardly, but it is sure better than the mess caused by sexual sin! “Use de feet to avoid defeat!”
One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants were inside. She caught him by the cloak and said, “come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.” (Genesis 39:11-12)
“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.” (1st Corinthians 6:18)