Saturday, October 01, 2022


Genesis chapter 39 verses 10 - 12, describe the hazard that Joseph was in when he was serving in his master's house. 

His master's wife had been putting pressure on Joseph to begin a relationship with her but Joseph resisted her approaches. On this particular day, she finally got a hold of his cloak and decided to use it as evidence to falsely accuse Joseph of assaulting her as an act of spite against him. The passage reads this way;

And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be 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.

This incident reveals the dangerous situation that Joseph was in. He knew he could not acquiesce to his master's wife but to escape her, he had to leave his cloak behind and in doing so, was then subjected to false accusations.

Joseph had shown his faith in God by saying that to agree to her demands would be a sin against God as recorded in verse 9;

My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 

Thus his obedience to God put him in great peril that could have cost him his life but ultimately, his obedience to God made a way for him to go from being a household slave to being the prime minister of Egypt.


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