Luck | Genesis 39

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You Don’t Know What Kind of Luck Your Having While You’re Having It

World English Bible Genesis 39

1 Joseph was brought down to Egypt. Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the hand of the Ishmaelites that had brought him down there. 2 Yahweh was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man. He was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 His master saw that Yahweh was with him, and that Yahweh made all that he did prosper in his hand. 4 Joseph found favor in his sight. He ministered to him, and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. 5 From the time that he made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, Yahweh blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake. Yahweh’s blessing was on all that he had, in the house and in the field. 6 He left all that he had in Joseph’s hand. He didn’t concern himself with anything, except for the food which he ate.

Joseph was well-built and handsome. 7 After these things, his master’s wife set her eyes on Joseph; and she said, “Lie with me.”

8 But he refused, and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, my master doesn’t know what is with me in the house, and he has put all that he has into my hand. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am, and he has not kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

10 As she spoke to Joseph day by day, he didn’t listen to her, to lie by her, or to be with her. 11 About this time, he went into the house to do his work, and there were none of the men of the house inside. 12 She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me!”

He left his garment in her hand, and ran outside. 13 When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and had run outside, 14 she called to the men of her house, and spoke to them, saying, “Behold, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice. 15 When he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment by me, and ran outside.” 16 She laid up his garment by her, until his master came home. 17 She spoke to him according to these words, saying, “The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought to us, came in to me to mock me, 18 and as I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment by me, and ran outside.”

19 When his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, “This is what your servant did to me,” his wrath was kindled. 20 Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were bound, and he was there in custody. 21 But Yahweh was with Joseph, and showed kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 The keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever they did there, he was responsible for it. 23 The keeper of the prison didn’t look after anything that was under his hand, because Yahweh was with him; and that which he did, Yahweh made it prosper.

Thoughts for the Day

Last chapter, we got some idea of what was going on back at the ranch with Judah, primarily I think to show some stark contrasts in the characters of these men, and how God deals with them. Joseph in this chapter is a slave to Potiphar a captain of the guard. Joseph went above and beyond his duties, performing them honestly, and with perfect skill. God made sure that everything Joseph did, was profitable.  Potiphar responded in kind to Joseph, and trusted him with everything and payed no attention except to the food. Why did Potiphar ignore  everything but the food? Here is an explanation that makes a lot of sense to me :http://precepts.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/potiphars-food/, if you have ever had a good employee under you, it will make a lot of sense to you too.

Joseph, was likely living like a king compared to what he lived with at home, but in every paradise there is a venomous snake, and Joseph’s situation was no different.  Verse 7 After these things, his master’s wife set her eyes on Joseph; and she said, “Lie with me.”  His snake was a woman, he resisted her and made no appearance of wrong doing. He would not listen to her in order to both avoid temptation, and to give her no traction in developing a relationship. In the end, she is his undoing, being mad at him for rejecting her; she frames him for rape.  Here is a really good commentary on what might have happened between Joseph, and Potiphar’s Wife. http://jaymack.net/genesis-commentary/Ji-The-Lie-of-a-Wife.asp

Joseph, is put in prison as she set him up sufficiently to be locked up.  Verses 21″ But Yahweh was with Joseph, and showed kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 The keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever they did there, he was responsible for it. 23 The keeper of the prison didn’t look after anything that was under his hand, because Yahweh was with him; and that which he did, Yahweh made it prosper.”

Joseph, was undaunted in his kindness to everyone, maintained his good attitude, responsible nature and God blessed him even in prison. Though Joseph was not in Club Med. God met his needs, and he stood out as probably one of the most descent human beings they ever incarcerated. Most prisoners I have met will tell you they did not commit the crime,  or that they committed it, but for one reason or another did not belong there. Joseph’s attitude and upstanding character was telling the true story for him. Though they could not let him go, he had favor with God and man.

Have a wonderful day, You don’t know what kind of luck you’re having while your having It! Praise God for what is happening today, remain faithful and his will shall be done

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