Set Back to Move Forward—Day 5

By on May 11, 2018 in Set Back to Move Forward |

Set Back to Move Forward-Day 5 Genesis 39: 1-23 Emphasis v19-23 As I conclude this week’s devotional series, we have sought to teach that following the Lord we don’t know where he might take us, or what we might go through, however, one thing is certain: The Lord is always with us and we must conduct ourselves accordingly. Joseph didn’t allow where he was to dictate the quality of his work. He excelled in Potiphar’s house and the prison. Joseph had God’s favor in both places and he behaved like it. Do we provide excellent service when we are in a place that is unpleasant? I have learned we don’t always perform at our best when we are in a place where we have limitations. Ouch. God is with us so he rightly expects our best: Our best work, our best attitude, and our best behavior no matter where we are. Although the Lord allowed Joseph to be on a roller coaster, both...

Set Back to Move Forward—Day 4

By on May 10, 2018 in Set Back to Move Forward |

Set Back to Move Forward-Day 4 Genesis 39: 1-23 Emphasis v19-23 I have been blessed to be married for twenty-one years to a woman who is my best friend, biggest supporter, and she has my back. Because she wants the best for me, she is always encouraging me. One way is; she often reminds me that, a preacher, pastor, or teacher must choose his words carefully when speaking or writing, because words are powerful and have meaning. Today, in our selected text the writer chose a word to help readers see God’s hand at work in Joseph’s life. That Hebrew word is nathan, naw-than. Three times the writer uses this word to help paint a picture for the readers. Potiphar put (nathan) Joseph in jail. The Lord extended kindness to him and gave (nathan) him favor. The jailer committed (nathan) to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners. The words put, gave, and committed all share the same...

Set Back to Move Forward—Day 3

By on May 9, 2018 in Set Back to Move Forward |

Set Back to Move Forward—Day 3 Genesis 39: 1-23 Emphasis, v19-23 There is a story within the Egyptian Canonical Compositions, “The Tale of Two Brothers.” This story closely parallels the events of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife’s dealings; however, a differing conclusion. The Egyptian story is about a man named Anubis who allowed his brother Bata to live with him and his wife. Bata’s character is described as being impeccable; he was also considered a strong, handsome man. One day Anubis’ wife attempts to seduce Bata, he refuses to give in to her encroachments. After being refused by Bata, Anubis’ wife decided to accuse Bata of both sexual advances and physical abuse. Hearing of this accusation infuriated Anubis, and he was determined to kill Bata. Bata ran to protect his life because he knew he was innocent of all charges. While pursuing his brother, Anubis...

Set Back to Move Forward—Day 2

By on May 8, 2018 in Set Back to Move Forward |

  Set Back to Move Forward—Day 2 Genesis 39: 1-23 Emphasis verses 19-23 As I prepared today’s devotional two things seized my attention: Joseph was a slave. And, Joseph had a master.  The Hebrew word for master, adon, aw-done’ means to rule or control; it gives the overall sense of a person who has authority over others. The Hebrew word for slave, ebed, eh´-bed, is a subordinate subject. Joseph was a man who not only lived in submission to another person, but this other person, his master, ruled and controlled him. As we examine the life of Joseph, it is readily apparent and clearly stated that Joseph was favored wherever he was. Whether under the custody of his brothers, Potiphar, or the Chief Jailer, God was always with him even while someone else was in charge. However, that didn’t stop God from being God and being able to influence that individual or situation for his favor....

Set Back To Move Forward

By on May 7, 2018 in Set Back to Move Forward |

Set Back To Move Forward Genesis 39:1-23 Emphasis, Genesis 39: 19-23 I once heard a story of a successful physician with a thriving practice, respected in his community and life was going well. Then it happened. God called him to missionary service in a distant foreign country. Wow! Life was good where he was, but now it was time to give it all up. He gives up his practice, sells his home, and leaves to begin his new life as a missionary physician. Far from home, he still has a day and a half hike through the rain forest to reach his ministry destination; the team stops in a small village to rest for the night and the physician realizes he left his snake net. Although a little apprehensive, he’s too exhausted and tries to get comfortable and prepares to rest. He begins to pray, “Lord, keep me safe through the night and allow no harm to come to me while I sleep.” Just after falling...

Set Back to Move Forward

By on Feb 9, 2015 in Set Back to Move Forward |

Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge. It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. So he left everything he owned in Joseph’s charge; and with him there he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate.

Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. It came about after these events that his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge. There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?” As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her. Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside. She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me!” And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside. When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside, she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to make sport of us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I screamed. When he heard that I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside.” So she left his garment beside her until his master came home. Then she spoke to him with these words, “The Hebrew slave, whom you brought to us, came in to me to make sport of me; and as I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled outside.”

Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, “This is what your slave did to me,” his anger burned. So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail. But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it. The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper.