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The Test of Allurement (Life in Service) - Genesis 39

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  • 1. Series ‘Life on a rollercoaster with Joseph’ Today ‘The test of allurement’ Genesis 39
  • 2. 1. Joseph sold to Midianite Merchants Gen 37:25-30 2. Jacob deceived by blood-stained robe Gen 37:31-35 3. Joseph sold into slavery in Egypt Gen 37:36
  • 3. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’ Isaiah 55:9
  • 4. The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations Psalm 33:10-11
  • 5. 1. Diligent work is a powerful witness The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered … the Lord gave him success in everything he did … the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had … both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care … Gen 39:2-6
  • 6. 1. Diligent work is a powerful witness Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters Col 3:23
  • 7. 2. Success can lead to vulnerability Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’
  • 8. “We may expect temptation in the days of prosperity and ease rather than in those of privation and toil, not when we are climbing the steep ladder of fame, but when we’ve entered the golden portals; not where men frown, but where they smile sweet exquisite smiles of flattery – it is there, it is there, that the temptress lies in wait. Beware”. F B Meyer
  • 9. 2. Success can lead to vulnerability Temptation is inevitable … each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full- grown, gives birth to death James 1:14-15
  • 10. 3. Joseph resists temptation But he refused. ‘With me in charge,’ … my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care Gen 39:8
  • 11. 3. Joseph resists temptation No one is greater in this house than I am. 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?’ Gen 39:9
  • 12. 3. Joseph resists temptation And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even to be with her Gen 39:9b-10
  • 13. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded James 1:7-8
  • 14. 3. Joseph resists temptation And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even to be with her Gen 39:9b-10
  • 15. 4. Potiphar’s wife wants revenge Gen 39:11-20 "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned." William Congreve

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