Set Back to Move Forward—Day 3
Genesis 39: 1-23
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 discovers that his wife is lying, so, he orders his wife executed, and his brother’s life spared.
We can see the parallel between the two stories; however, in the end we see Anubis’ wife is executed for her lies and Bata is vindicated. When we read the account concerning Joseph and Potiphar’s wife nothing is mentioned of Potiphar learning of his wife’s false accusation of his trusted and devoted servant. Nor is Joseph vindicated.
Why does it appear Mrs. Potiphar gets away with ruining an innocent man’s life? Isn’t life sweeter when life is fair, equal, and the falsely accused are vindicated?
Nothing else is mentioned of Mrs. Potiphar because the story is not about her. The story is about Joseph and how good God is in spite of what man does to us. Wow!
Remember: Life is not about what they did to you, but what God is doing with you.
Think about this: How much time and energy do we give to offenses? How preoccupied do we become with “getting back” or waiting to see those who have hurt us, “get theirs”? Revenge.
Also, we have been convinced that we need closure. But is closure necessary when God is still writing our story? Be careful looking for closure too quickly.
The Tale of Two Brothers’ conclusion is what many of us pray for when an unwarranted offense has been committed against us. How dare they do this to me, I am God’s child? Or, do you know who I am? I am a child of the Most High God. Despite being God’s child, or a son or daughter of the Most High God, he still allows offenses to be committed towards us because the offenses don’t stop him from being God. Nor do they hinder the overwhelming goodness he heaps on those who are his. Hallelujah.
In the text, Joseph is neither bitter nor found focusing on getting even. Nor does he appear to be waiting to be restored back to the position he lost because of another person’s unkindness. Joseph knows he is walking with God and his kindness is more than enough.
Question: Are you seeking revenge? Are you bitter with others even when God is still blessing you in spite of what others have done to you?
Question: If God is still blessing you, why are you still holding on to the pains of the past?
He is still taking us somewhere; even if we are being lied on.
Lord, thank you for being the author of our story, help us to stop being editors of your work, Amen.