Sermons are the referenced thoughts, dissertations, essays if you will in the philosophical setting. This one was written and delivered in January 2014. Building off Genesis 39:6-18, it brought in references from the Psalmist, King David; prophets Daniel and Habbakuk; and the writer of the book of Hebrews. The outline remains the same as the original document and will therefore vary from the standard essay formats.
Genesis 39: … 6b 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 ...view middle of the document...
Temptation comes and it will disguise itself under the cloak of authority, under the guise of power, under the concealment of the accepted practices of society.
Let's look at the example that is presented to us in the life of Joseph. He was betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery – he has no rights except those his master wants to let him have. He's in a foreign land and growing to learn its customs, its ways and language.
His master's wife looks on him and says to herself that she has a new boy-toy. He refuses and even explains why, (v8&9) but that only encourages her so she approaches him again, and again.
Note that Joseph doesn't say that his sin would be against her husband, no, he points out that this sin would ultimately be against God.
But as verse 10 clearly states, she didn't give up on her plans for Joseph and he had an additional persecution put on him. In order to remain faithful to God he had to attempt to avoid as much contact with her as possible. That would have been difficult under the best of circumstances, but Joseph is not under the best of circumstances. Further, the only one in that household to be ignorant of what was going on would have to be Potiphar himself.
Potiphar's wife of course knew what was going on, she's started it after all. But her personal attendants, slaves, would have known, and the gossip would have spread quickly enough. Did they take bets on how long Joseph would hold out? Did they wonder about just when and where she would finally trap him? We can only speculate but the other slaves would have known what was going on.
She continues her attempts and one day finds the perfect opportunity:
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.”
The other slaves hear their mistress's account and what are they going to say? The answer is, “Of course mistress, it is as you say.”
Once again Joseph is betrayed, once again he's on his own with no one to listen to his pleas of innocence, nor does he escape for when Potiphar hears his wife’s report it goes from bad to worse. The only thing in Joseph's favor is that Potiphar doesn't kill him, but instead throws him in prison.
Temptation & Trouble Comes Repeatedly & in Many Forms
Joseph – Potiphar's wife
David – vs King Saul
Job – loses his property, his children, his livelihood, and health then his wife says, “curse God & die”
Responding Under Pressure
Joseph Runs – for the Lord...