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Genesis 39 Part 1–So This is Slavery…

One can only imagine the terror, the feeling of betrayal, and the hopelessness that Joseph felt as he was being dragged to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders.  He did not get to say goodbye to his dad or little brother, and he had no idea what lay ahead. 

One thing that Joseph did know was that God was still in control.  He also knew that God had a plan.  Joseph had the dreams where God told him that he would rule over his brothers and his family.  Further, Joseph knew how to work and how to be a man of integrity.

Joseph was purchased by the
Pharaoh’s head of security, Potiphar.  Once in place, Potiphar was blessed by Joseph being in his house.  Moreover, Potiphar saw that Joseph ran his home with efficiency and complete honesty.  Potiphar literally turned the house over to Joseph and did not give it a second thought.  Joseph saw God’s favor and knew once again that God kept HIs promises.

God plans for the long game.  He is never about a single event in our lives.  Instead, He works ALL things together for good for those who love God and are called according to God’s purpose.  Romans 8:28. 

When going through difficult times, We, like Joseph, must cling to our faith.  As the writer in Hebrews reminds us, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

In the end, God’s plan is always best.  It is not based on any one circumstance, but a million little things that form a path and a journey to be like God and with Him for eternity.

God Bless You

Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”

But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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