God’s Plan-Genesis 39:6b-20

Genesis 39:6b-20 “Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” 8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. 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?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. 11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house. 13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14 she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.” 16 She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. 17 Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me. 18 But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.” 19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.
Genesi 39:6b-20  « Giuseppe era avvenente e di bell’aspetto. 7 Dopo queste cose, la moglie del padrone di Giuseppe gli mise gli occhi addosso e gli disse: «Unisciti a me!» Ma egli rifiutò e disse alla moglie del suo padrone: «Ecco, il mio padrone non mi chiede conto di quanto è nella casa e mi ha affidato tutto quello che ha. In questa casa, egli stesso non è più grande di me e nulla mi ha vietato, se non te, perché sei sua moglie. Come dunque potrei fare questo gran male e peccare contro Dio?» 10 Benché lei gliene parlasse ogni giorno, Giuseppe non acconsentì a unirsi né a stare con lei. 11 Un giorno egli entrò in casa per fare il suo lavoro; lì non c’era nessuno della gente di casa; 12 allora lei lo afferrò per la veste e gli disse: «Unisciti a me!» Ma egli le lasciò in mano la veste e fuggì. 13 Quando lei vide che egli le aveva lasciato la veste in mano e che era fuggito, 14 chiamò la gente di casa sua e disse: «Vedete, ci ha portato un Ebreo perché questi si prendesse gioco di noi; egli è venuto da me per unirsi a me, ma io ho gridato a gran voce. 15 E com’egli ha udito che io alzavo la voce e gridavo, mi ha lasciato qui la sua veste ed è fuggito». 16 E si tenne accanto la veste di lui finché il suo padrone non tornò a casa. 17 Allora gli parlò in questa maniera: «Quel servo ebreo che hai condotto in casa è venuto da me per prendersi gioco di me. 18 Ma appena io ho alzato la voce e ho gridato, egli mi ha lasciato qui la sua veste ed è fuggito». 19 Quando il padrone di Giuseppe udì le parole di sua moglie che gli diceva: «Il tuo servo mi ha fatto questo!» si accese d’ira. 20 Il padrone di Giuseppe lo prese e lo mise nella prigione, nel luogo dove si tenevano chiusi i carcerati del re. Egli era dunque là in quella prigione.”
     The favor of God was upon Joseph as a slave and he rose up to be in charge of the house of Potiphar who was the captain of the guard for Pharaoh. God blessed Joseph in his duties as a steward and the blessing also fell upon Potiphar’s household (ref. v. 5) because of it. Notice that Joseph is described as handsome and well-built. In addition to his features, it was evident to Potiphar’s household that Joseph had a special blessing on him. Potiphar’s wife, whether driven by wanting the blessing to fall on her or simply identifying with the loose moral values of the culture, chased him incessantly. His response rings loudly to us of not conforming to the standards of the ungodly. He refused to sin against God or his master.
      Potiphar’s wife was probably humiliated and fabricated a lie to ensure that Joseph would go back to the slave camp. This is now the second time Joseph has been cast in a false narrative and his clothing was the evidence used to paint the lie. What is truly remarkable is the fact that Joseph continued to trust God although in both instances, the result was being cast into prison. We don’t see that Joseph tried to defend, plead or retaliate. He held on to the promise that God had a plan for him and He would preserve and give favor to him again.
Pray with me:  Lord, I know that You have a plan for me that continues to unfold. Help me to be faithful to Your ways even through the injustices of life.

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