Genesis 39 – It’s Joseph’s Cloak Again

When we last left Joseph he was sold by the Midianites/Ishmaelites to an Egyptian captain named Potiphar. Joseph now working in the house of Potiphar was admired by both Potiphar and his wife.

Similar to the success God brought to those who associated with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Potiphar realised the Lord’s hand behind Joseph’s success in his new Job. He kept on giving more responsibility to Joseph till one day Joseph was second in command in that house.

The admiration that Potiphar’s wife had for Joseph was starkly different as she lusted for the little Hebrew boy. And though Joseph knew his place in that household and would refuse her advances, she kept pestering him to sleep with her.

One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 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.

Genesis 39:11-12

Once again Joseph’s cloak became an integral part of someone’s lie and Potiphar was fooled by his wife. Joseph was sent to prison but the Lord’s hand was still with him as the change in scenery did not stop Joseph from rising among the ranks even when he was in the prison.

Questions Discussed in this Podcast –
V3 How did Potiphar know that the Lord was with Joseph?
V6 How old was Joseph now?
V9 Did Joseph know God?
V19 Why is Potiphar simply believing his wife and not Joseph?

Coming from somewhat immoral family, Joseph stands his moral ground. It’s very easy for us to forget what is right when we live among sinners. What can we learn from Joseph’s stand?


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