Genesis – Chapter 39

Jooseph in jail

Pharaoh was a general name for all the Kings of Egypt, similar to “King or President.”  The pharaohs in Genesis and Exodus were different men.

Verse 1 – People in the land of Egypt at this time were either extremely rich or extremely poor.  Joseph was the servant of Potiphar who was an extremely rich officer in Pharaoh’s service.  He lived in a two or three- story house with great furnishings.  Joseph served on the first floor while the family usually occupied the upper floors.

Verses 2-6 – All through these verses, the scripture states several times that the Lord’s favor was on everything Joseph did, and the Lord blessed Potiphar’s house because of Joseph.  Potiphar put Joseph in charge of all he had.  He trusted Joseph.

Verses 7, 8 – The Bible already stated that Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.  Now his master’s wife has goo-goo eyes toward Joseph and tries to seduce him.

Verse 9 – Joseph told her he would not because it would be a sin against God.  Remember that sexual sin is never just between two consenting adults.  It is an act of disobedience against God.

Verses 10-15 – Day after day after day he refused every time. When the devil keeps coming after you time and again with temptation to go against what you know is right, run.  Sometimes merely avoiding temptation is not enough.  These temptations can be very strong.

Verses 16-23 – Joseph did what was right, but Potiphar’s wife still caused harm with her lies and deceit.  But, remember, even when it looks like no matter what you do your still punished, keep believing God that it will turn out better.  You can’t quit and you can’t give up.  God says the latter is better than the former.  Keep your eyes focused on Jesus.  He will deliver you.  The prisons were completely vile.  Prisoners were guilty until proven innocent.  Many of them never made it to a trial because the rulers held court on a whim or when it suited them.  Poor Joseph was imprisoned two years before he was called out and it was only to interpret a dream, not to stand trial.  Joseph could have seen his situation as hopeless, but, instead he excelled in every little task he was given.  His positive attitude was soon noticed by the warden and was promoted to prison administrator.  Are you facing a hopeless situation in any area of your life?  Follow Joseph’s example by doing each task, no matter how minimal, and do it the best you can.  God is the one who turned Joseph’s situation around, and He will do the same for you.  He’s done it time and time again in my life.  God is good!  All the time!  God takes an impossible situation that looks bad and turns it around for our good.  It may take weeks, months or even years, but, remember, it’s in God’s timing.