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Genesis 37-39; Psalm 13

We are introduced to the life of Joseph. At first, he seems an arrogant 17 year old kid who had a dream and likes to rub in his privileged position to his brothers. As anyone knows who has siblings, these things don’t go well. When the “favored” sibling is younger than the others, well they tend to get beat up (or sold into slavery). The worst thing we did was tell our youngest brother that he was adopted, we never considered selling him into slavery. So off goes Joseph to Egypt.

Then you have this aside into the life of Judah. I’m not real sure how it fits the chronology of everything, and it seems insignificant until you read Matthew 1 and Luke 3 and read the genealogy of Jesus. The names of Judah’s sons in order are Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez and Zerah. Er was a bad man and God took his life. Onan wasn’t much better and so when he didn’t fulfill his duties to his brother, God took his life too. So in the genealogy of Jesus you expect it to be Shelah, right? No, it’s Perez. The son born to Judah because of a one night stand with his daughter in law (who had disguised herself as a prostitute). You have a crazy family, so does Jesus.

When we catch up with Joseph, he is climbing the ranks in the house of an Egyptian official named Potiphar. He rises to 2nd in command, only below Potiphar, in the whole house. Joseph has not gone unnoticed to his master, or his master’s wife. She takes a liking to Joseph and makes advances towards him. He rebuffs every time saying, “How could I ever do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.” Not against Potiphar, not against her, but against God.

As he escapes he leaves his shirt behind. Potiphar’s wife (Mrs. Potiphar), a woman scorned, enacts revenge and turns the tables on Joseph. She tells her husband that Joseph tried to violate her. Potiphar does what any husband would do, protects his wife by seeking justice against the violator. Hidden away at the end of the chapter is this little verse (39:21), “But the Lord was with Joseph there, too, and he granted Joseph favor with the chief jailer.

Psalm 13 could have been written by Joseph. It begins, “O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?” Sold into salvery. Thrown into prison. These are not positive life events. We’ll see that Joseph’s luck turns. Things begin to head in the right direction. The Psalm ends with words I can hear Joseph saying as his story continues, “But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because He has been so good to me.”

God is faithful to us. Even when we can’t see it, He is faithful to us. May our lives be marked by faithfulness to Him.


~ by mikefoster on January 19, 2016.

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