Genesis 39 : Joseph’s Success & Framing

July 9, 2023 ·

Joseph is sold to Potiphar, and his exceptional qualities as a slave lead him to become Potiphar’s personal assistant. Joseph proves to be so capable in managing Potiphar’s affairs and household that Potiphar entrusts everything to him, relinquishing his own responsibilities. However, it seems that Potiphar had marital issues because his wife starts making advances towards Joseph, persistently demanding that he sleeps with her. Joseph steadfastly refuses her propositions. Infuriated by his rejection, Potiphar’s wife concocts a false accusation, claiming that Joseph attempted to rape her. As a result, Potiphar believes his wife’s deceitful story and sends Joseph to prison.

In prison, Joseph finds favor with the prison warden, who recognizes his abilities and places him in charge of the entire prison. Joseph’s competence is so remarkable that the warden no longer feels the need to supervise him closely.

Key verse:
23. The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the LORD was with him. And whatever he did, the LORD made it succeed. 

My thoughts:
I can empathize with Joseph’s experience of dealing with persistent attention from admiring women. It can certainly become quite bothersome.

The key verse for today effectively summarizes the main point I want to make about this chapter. Despite being enslaved, falsely accused, and imprisoned, Joseph maintains his faith in God. Wherever he is placed, he is entrusted with authority and responsibility due to his exceptional character. Joseph exemplifies the qualities of a servant leader, demonstrating unwavering trust in God, refraining from abusing his power, resisting extreme temptation, and accepting his unjust imprisonment without complaint. He even manages to turn his misfortune into an opportunity for growth and impact.

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