-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-
Last Friday, I introduced you to the, ‘Will Jesus Find You Faith-full Series from 2014.
And Here is Part II: Faith-full Joseph!!
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 he’d been 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 had become a slave, in Potiphar’s house.
Here’s Joseph’s Story:
After they loosed his shackles, Potiphar may have positioned Joseph outside, cleaning the horse stables and stalls; but Joseph was faith-full…so The Lord blessed the horses.
Then Potiphar may have promoted Joseph to a the job of ‘house slave,’ where he had him cleaning kitchens and bathrooms…but Joseph was faith-full…so the Lord blessed the health of the whole household…as the conditions had became more sanitary…and thus there were fewer diseases and illnesses amongst the family.
Then Potiphar started to take notice saying, “There’s something special about this boy!”
So now Potiphar upgrades, ‘Faith-Full’ Joseph to the Cook….Then to the Butler…And Potiphar, still catching on…realizes that the ‘God’ that this boy serves, is giving Joseph special favor.
And when this boy steals away after work, Joseph goes into his ‘Secret Place’ to worship… Maybe that place was in the servant’s quarters, or maybe it was in the stables, where Joseph first began!!
But now, Potiphar has no doubt that Joseph’s God is blessing everything Joseph puts his hands to….and is therefore blessing Potiphar and all of his household.
So Potiphar upgrades Joseph again!!
This time, Potiphar places him in the vacancy of “Supervisor” of All of his household, and 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. Potiphar basically resigns himself of all of his own duties and responsibilities to Pharaoh..leaving Joseph completely and totally in charge!!
Verse 5 tells us that Potiphar only had concern about what it was that he (Potiphar) wanted to eat…Wow!!
Look at God!!
Although Joseph’s brothers had stripped him of his coat, they couldn’t strip him of his Comforter, God!!
Verse 2 tells us that God was with Joseph all the time, because Joseph was faith-full to God, and Joseph stayed in relationship with God, and He sought after God, through prayer and worship.
Joseph, although separated from home, and all that he was familiar with, continually meditated on God’s words, and consistently believed God for the eventual fulfillment of his dream– by faith.
So when Mrs. Potiphar comes along, Saying, “Joseph, Since You’re in charge of All of my household…Now, I want you to take charge of Me, too!”
So Sexual Harassment Started in Egypt, Huh??
Joseph was appalled to even have considered such an abomination before God!!
This perverse, and wicked woman, who had no morals…no scruples…and had absolutely no loyalty to her husband, (Joseph’s boss), began harassing Joseph on the job!!
The Bible says that Joseph was a ‘fine-looking’ young man, and Mrs. Potiphar had taken notice of him!!
She was tempting Joseph at the water cooler…but Joseph remained faith-full!!
Then she would conveniently make her way to the servant’s break room, during his lunch hour….but Joseph still remained faith-full!!
Then she showed up at the printer, every time he went to make copies…but Joseph remained more faith-full!!
Mrs. Potiphar was a real stalker…but not for God!! Lol
I can imagine that Joseph had to be very alert, and to keep watch for Mrs. Potiphar’s whereabouts, in attempts to duck and dodge her…but she finally caught him alone..and Mrs. Potiphar tried to seduce Joseph!!
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 his coats!! 🤣
Joseph ran away from her thinking…
How could Mrs. Potiphar expect him to do such an ungrateful and disloyal thing to his Master, 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 had shown Joseph Great Favor in Egypt??
So Joseph remained faith-full 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 Mrs. Potiphar.
But as the story goes…Joseph was falsely accused and convicted of attempted rape… And thrown into the prison.
But God was still with Joseph, even behind the Prison walls, and God still blessed his hands there too…and eventually, Joseph was released from jail.
Now, Lo and Behold, at some point, Potiphar’s Job Position had also became available, and can you guess who had the best skills, abilities, and the most favor to fill that Job Vacancy??
Yes!! It was Joseph!!
And because Joseph remained ‘Ever-Faith-Full,’ to God, Yes!! God Upgraded Joseph!!
Now 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 eventually rewards you with your 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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