Written by cycleguy on August 9th, 2019

The ’60s was an interesting decade. Different philosophies floated around like “Make Love Not War” as well as others. One that took hold and still holds today is “If it feels good do it.”  It has become the passkey for many questionable actions becoming accepted.  In our study of Joseph we can see how this philosophy reared its ugly head in his job as head of Potiphar’s household.  Funny…Joseph could have been part of the #MeToo generation.

Temptation is something we all face. I’m not telling you something you don’t know! 🙂 Playwright Oscar Wilde once said, “I can resist anything except temptation.” Temptations are designed to make us fall, but we determine whether they will win or not.

Joseph was at the age when hormones for men rage. He was where no one knew him. He had (obviously) a sex-starved woman who was interested in him. She put the moves on him day after day after long day. But Joseph kept resisting her advances. Well…you know that old adage: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Rejected once again she decided to take brash tactics and accuse Joseph of trying to rape her.  After he fled (like he was supposed to), leaving his cloak behind, she, with coat in hand, told her story. What was Potiphar to do? The simple fact he did not have Joseph executed (it was his job) sort of tells me he was dubious about his wife’s charges. But to prison he would go.

My emphasis this week will be on temptation, specifically defeating it. I’d appreciate your prayers for Sunday. I do think it is a much-needed sermon.

Note: my first post for next week will include 4 requirements for resisting temptation which Chuck Swindoll gives in his study of Joseph. Hope you will look forward to those.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. May God bless your sermon, and you, this week, Bill! Yes, I’ll be looking forward to your future post.

  2. Lisa notes says:

    I’m so glad that story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife is in the Bible. It’s encouraging on so many levels! Praying for your sermon. And I’ll look forward to your post next week on resisting temptation. We all face that struggle in some area every single day.

  3. Pam says:

    Daily I pray for myself and my loved ones that we would not give in to temptation. Some days are Joseph days and some days are Judas days. Thankful for God’s forgiveness through Christ!

  4. I am with Lisa on the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife. It’s hard to tear oneself away from a temptation but not impossible. I have been trying to cut down on sugar, a simple thing but it’s an addiction that I need to stop. I am sure many will identify with your message.