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 September 28, 2018

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Text: Haggai
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Memory Verse of the Week

“And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.”
(Genesis 35:5 ESV)

Genesis 39 (ESV)

Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lordblessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field. So he left all that he had in Joseph’s charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate.

Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge.He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” 10 And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her.

11 But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house, 12 she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house. 13 And as soon as she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled out of the house, 14 she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to laugh at us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. 15 And as soon as he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried out, he left his garment beside me and fled and got out of the house.” 16 Then she laid up his garment by her until his master came home,17 and she told him the same story, saying, “The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to laugh at me. 18 But as soon as I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment beside me and fled out of the house.”

19 As soon as his master heard the words that his wife spoke to him, “This is the way your servant treated me,” his anger was kindled. 20 And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.22 And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. 23 The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.

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  1. The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. Genesis 39:2

    The Lord Was With Joseph

    In the beginning of Genesis 39, things are looking pretty good for Joseph. God is blessing all that he does and despite his brother's attempt to sell him into slavery to make his life miserable, God was with him and blessed him.

    On top of everything else, he was handsome in form and appearance. Man, this guy's got it all, huh? Even his master Potiphar's wife kept trying to get him to sleep with her but he refused. 

    I love his response to her in Genesis 39:8-9, "Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. 9 He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?"

    Joseph not only knows this would be a terrible thing to do to his master (yes, his master) but he sees it as a "great weekends" and a "sin against God." This says so much about Joseph's character Because he didn't give in to her advances, she falsely accused him of attempted rape. 

    How horrible to be falsely accused of a crime. For years in America, people were presumed innocent until proven guilty. Today, someone can make an accusation and in the media, (including social media), the person is guilty until proven innocent – especially if that person is affiliated with a political party you're against!

    Just yesterday there was an entire day devoted to an accusation made against Brett Kavanaugh who is up for the opening in the Supreme Court. With just the accusation against him people where siding with her – not based on evidence but simply the accusation. They didn't wait to hear her proof or his defense. Many people's minds were already made up. 

    While Joseph sits in jail, falsely accused of attempted rape, we read once again that "the Lord was with Joseph" (Genesis 39:21). 

    When things are going good, it's easy to feel like God is with us. But what about when things go bad? Doesn't it seem that God has left us?

    No matter where we are or what happens to us, the Lord is there. No matter what anyone says to us or about us, the Lord knows and is there. No matter how bad things get or how much evil seems to prevail, the Lord is sovereign and has a purpose and a plan. 

    Do you lose the sense that God is with you when things don't go our way?

    Do you ever feel like God abandons you when bad things happen?

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