Man's Trials and God's Triumph - Genesis 39

When Joseph was sold into slavery he found himself working in the house of an important Egyptian leader. God was with Joseph and "the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake."

Joseph's master recognized that Joseph's God was with him. The master grew to trust Joseph and gave him authority over his entire house.

The master's wife desired Joseph and tried to seduce him, but Joseph respected his master and did not want to give in to temptation. "How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?"

 Time and again Joseph rejected her advances until finally, when no one was around, she grabbed his garment and said "Lie with me." Joseph ran away leaving behind his garment. 

When the Egyptian's wife accused Joseph of attacking her, she used that garment as evidence of his guilt. This is the second time we see Joseph's garment being used to bear witness about him. 

Although Joseph was innocent, the Egyptian master had him imprisoned.  "But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison." Joseph's faithfulness led him to a position of influence even within the prison. No matter where he went, people recognized that God was with him.  Despite the trials and temptation, Joseph had decided to be with God.

"And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed."

Key Points:

  • Joseph put his loyalty to his master ahead of his own personal desires.
  • God was with Joseph granting him favor and strength to overcome temptation.
  • Joseph lived in a way that publicly glorified God.
  • God worked in Joseph's life so that he could gain influence and ultimately achieve God's purposes.