-AND JOSEPH was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain and chief executioner of the [royal] guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there-
And so there was Joseph; the boy with the dream…a vision from God that one day he would be a great man that others would bow down before. He had been sold into slavery by his envious brothers and stripped of his coat of many colors.
…But now he’s in Egypt, living in servitude, amongst foreigners and their foreign gods. The Egyptians did not know The One, True God, The Great ‘I Am.’ But Joseph knew Him and continued to draw near unto God.
So..now God was doing a new thing in the life of the young boy, Joseph, who had come from a family of means. Remember, Joseph’s beloved Father, Israel was a very wealthy man, Yet now Joseph has become a slave, in Potiphar’s house.
Here’s Joseph’s Story:
After they loosed his shackles, Potiphar may have placed him outside, cleaning the horse stables and stalls; but Joseph was faithful…so The Lord blessed the horses.
Then Potiphar may have promoted him to a ‘house slave’ and had him cleaning kitchens and bathrooms…but Joseph was faithful…so the Lord blessed the health of the household; as the conditions were more sanitary…thus there was fewer diseases and illnesses amongst the family.
Then Potiphar started to take notice saying, “There’s something special about this boy!”
So now he upgrades, ‘Faith-Full’ Joseph to the Cook….Then to the Butler…And Potiphar, finally catches on.
He realizes, that the ‘God’ that this boy serves is giving Joseph favor. And when this boy steals away, after work, he goes into his ‘Secret Place’ to worship… Maybe that place is in the servant’s quarters, or maybe it’s in the stables, where he began.
But, Potiphar has no doubt that Joseph’s God is blessing everything Joseph puts his hands to….thus blessing Potiphar and his entire household.
So Potiphar upgrades Joseph again. This time, he gives him the position of “Supervisor” of All of his household. Now Joseph is no longer a slave, but gainfully employed as the ‘Acting, Captain and Chief Executioner of the Royal Guard’ in Egypt.
Because, Potiphar has decided to sit back and reap the benefits of having the ‘blessing boy’ in the house. He basically resigns himself of all his duties and responsibilities to Pharaoh..leaving Joseph in charge. Verse 5 tells us that Potiphar only had concern about what he wanted to eat…Wow!!
Look at God!!
Although Joseph’s brothers stripped him of his coat, they couldn’t strip him of his Comforter. Verse 2 tells us that God, His Comforter was with Joseph all the time, because Joseph was faithful to God, and stayed in relationship, and sought Him through prayer and worship.
Joseph, though separated from all that was familiar, he continued meditating on God’s words and believing Him for the fulfillment of his dream, by faith.
So when Mrs. Potiphar comes along, Saying, “Joseph, Since You’re in charge of My the household…Now, I want you to take charge of Me, too!”
So Sexual Harassment Started in Egypt!!
Joseph was appalled to even consider such an abomination before God.
This perverse, wicked woman with no morals…no scruples…and no loyalty to her husband (his boss) was sexually harassing Joseph on the job!
The Bible says that Joseph was a’fine- looking’ young man and Mrs. Potiphar had taken notice.
She was tempting him at the water cooler…but Joseph was faithful!
Then she would conveniently make her way to the servant’s break room, during his lunch hour….but Joseph was faithful!
Then she showed up at the printer, every time he went to make copies…but Joseph was Faithful!
She was a real stalker…but not for God!! Lol
I can imagine that Joseph had to keep watch and be concerned about her whereabouts, as to avoid running into her…but she finally caught him, alone..and tried to seduce him.
But Joseph shunned her, breaking loose from her grip so quickly that he left his coat in her hands.
Man!! This brother has a problem keeping coats!! Lol
He ran away from her thinking…
How could Mrs. Potiphar expect him to do such an ungrateful and disloyal thing to his Master, Potiphar, who had entrusted his entire household into Joseph’s hands??…
How could she expect him to do such a wicked and unclean thing against his own body and his soul…and most of all, against his God- Who was had shown him Great Favor in Egypt??
..So Joseph remained faithful to God and to his Boss. He resisted the temptation to cheat with Potiphar’s wife. He refused to lie in the face of his master, day after day, while secretly, stealing private moments with his wife.
But as the story goes…Joseph was falsely accused and convicted of attempted rape… And thrown into prison.
But God was still with him behind the Prison bars and blessed his hands there too…til he was finally released from jail.
God replaced Potiphar and Gave Joseph the New Position.
Joseph was ‘Faith-Full’ til God Upgraded him!!
When Jesus comes back…Will He find You ‘Faith-Full’ on Your job??
If so…God will also bless You with a New Position….’til he give’s you a Heavenly Upgrade!!
Let Him Upgrade You, Today!!
-His master said to him, Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy blessedness) which your master enjoys-
Til Tomorrow….When We will discuss the ‘Faith-Fullness’ of
Paul and Silas – In Prison
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