What was Joseph’s Secret?
Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
39 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.
2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 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. 5 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. 6 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, 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”
8 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. 9 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.
In Genesis 39:8-10, we read Joseph reverencing the Lord for all He had given him.
Joseph had been given favor with Potiphar, abundance for both himself and Potiphar’s household, and success in all he did. All Joseph could say to Potiphar’s wife was, “How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”
Genesis 39:8-10 clearly shows the condition of Joseph’s heart when Potiphar’s wife propositioned him.
Even though Joseph was innocent of the sexual crimes brought against him, he was undergoing trials in preparation for God’s service in Egypt.
After two years in prison, God elevated Joseph in Pharaoh’s eyes.
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders.Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
Joseph in Charge of Egypt
41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
The summed up conclusion to these scriptures provides an all important teaching that has been forgotten…
The Lord put Joseph in this position of great authority and wealth, because it was not in him.
The message I am conveying here is… Joseph didn’t care about his status, his wealth, his accomplishments, his Earthly power and authority, these are only worldly adornments, they didn’t have his heart. He was sent to bring God to Egypt and to save its people from death, and in his obedience to the Lord, many surrounding people of other nations were saved as well.
I am a vessel of the Holy Spirit.
A vessel is useless unless it is filled, and a vessel can do nothing as of itself, so as this vessel is poured out, I pen its contents as it flows. – Christopher Moss