Right this moment’s Textual content and Considered Encouragement:
“And it got here to go, when she noticed that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, That she referred to as unto the boys of her home, and spake unto them, saying, ‘See, he hath introduced in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he got here in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice.’”
Genesis 39: 13-14
King James Model
“A Girl Spurned”
Mrs. Potiphar’s Revenge
“Revenge, at first although candy – bitter ere lengthy, again on itself recoils.”
Have I ever taken revenge on somebody as a result of they did one thing to me which I didn’t like?
How did my conduct make me really feel?
“The smallest revenge will poison the soul.”
“One thing of vengeance I had tasted for the primary time; as fragrant as wine it appeared, on swallowing heat and racy; its afterflavor, metallic and corroding, gave me a sensation as if I had been poisoned.”
Have you ever ever eaten one thing which tasted so good you made a pig of your self consuming it, solely later to really feel so sick you by no means once more needed to style the meals you thought you appreciated. I had this occur to me. I used to be a bit glutton on my mother’s scrumptious spaghetti. However after consuming an excessive amount of, too quick, that spaghetti took revenge on me and I spent one whole night time within the toilet.
I really like the phrases by famed writer, Charlotte Bronté whose quote begins this part of immediately’s devotional. In her thoughts, she likened vengeance to poison and what an ideal comparability.
As we discovered yesterday, Mrs. Potiphar set her eyes on Joseph. Younger and affluent – profitable and horny – Joseph was her man. Not less than he was the person of the home, and this appealed to Mrs. Potiphar. Pondering that her elevated standing because the “Mistress” of the house gave her authority over Joseph, she little question felt that he would succumb to her alluring methods. I even assume she could have discovered Joseph extra interesting as a result of he didn’t simply fall throughout her. We ladies have a wierd fetish for males we are able to’t have. Typically the tougher they’re to tame, the extra we stalk them. And that is actually the conduct we see current in Mrs. Potiphar. She wouldn’t take “no” for a solution.
The way in which the Bible describes this case in Genesis 39, Mrs. Potiphar had been rebuffed repeatedly. So sooner or later, she determined she would entice Joseph. Genesis 39:11 (Okay.J.V.) says, “And it got here to go about this time, that Joseph went into the home to do his enterprise; and there was not one of the males of the home there inside.”
STOP! (And for these of you who come to the backyard recurrently, you realize after I use the phrase “STOP” it means we have to take a re-examination.)
Keep in mind Eve? She was “alone” with a misleading serpent whom the Bible says “seduced” her. Off by herself, the place nobody else was watching, she fell! We have to assume very clearly about the way in which the wily serpent nonetheless makes use of “aloneness” to entice us immediately.
A few years in the past, when on a enterprise journey, I used to be making a “pitch” for a brand new account for the promoting company I labored for. After the assembly, I went to the elevator and the top of the group walked out with me, handed me his residence cellphone quantity and invited me to his home for dinner. I shortly knowledgeable him that I used to be married and his response was, “No drawback. Simply depart your husband at residence.” For sure, I selected to not work with this man whom I later discovered made “passes” like this to ladies on a regular basis. Being alone or feeling lonely – pure emotions all of us have skilled in our lives – will be highly effective feelings that draw us within the mistaken course. Joyce Oates wrote, “Loneliness is harmful. It’s dangerous so that you can be lonely, as a result of if aloneness doesn’t result in God, it results in the satan. It results in self.”
As soon as inside Mrs. Potiphar’s home, it didn’t take Joseph lengthy to acknowledge that he was alone. And this man of God didn’t stick round to “discuss with the serpent.” As an alternative he “fled, and received him out.” (Genesis 39: 12). Joseph didn’t act like Lot who hesitated earlier than leaving Sodom and in the long run needed to have angels drag him out. No, the Hebrew translation says Joseph, “took flight like a chook.” He escaped. However the Hebrew phrase “fled” additionally means “Lifted up a normal.” Joseph received out of Mrs. Potiphar’s room and would don’t have any a part of her misleading, seductive conduct for he was lifting up the usual of His God.
What an instance for you and me as we day by day face temptations in our lives. Once we come face-to-face with “Mrs. Potiphars” or “Mr. Potiphars” we must always not stand round to speak, as an alternative we must always depart, flee and escape.
What was Mrs. Potiphar’s response? She took revenge by saying, “If I don’t get him, no person will!” She accused Joseph, a Hebrew slave, of attempting to rape her. That is the underside line. As some Biblical historians observe, if Mr. Potiphar had actually, actually believed his spouse’s story, Joseph would have been instantly executed. It is rather possible, Mr. Potiphar knew his spouse, and will have heard rumors about her makes an attempt to “come on” to Joseph. However now along with his spouse waving Joseph’s garment in her hand and screaming “look what he did to me,” Mr. Potiphar needed to save face, so he despatched Joseph to the dungeon.
Someday you’re the massive boy at Mr. Potiphar’s home, the subsequent day you’re within the backside of the barrel in a jail.
I’m not sure Mr. Potiphar was glad to see Joseph go. What occurred, I’m wondering, to all of the blessings Joseph’s upright life had dropped at the Potiphar residence? How unhappy lonely, seductive girl introduced catastrophe to her own residence and into the lifetime of Joseph. But, even in a dungeon, God knew the place His youngster was – and at simply the fitting second, the blessings of God on Joseph’s life once more grew to become seen.
“The entire human race loses by each act of non-public vengeance.”
“Repair the centre of my coronary heart in Your self, O Lord, for under thus will I resist temptation and stay in line with Your will.”
“Keep on the centre of my soul, O God;
be in my longing and my hurting;
be in my hoping and my vacancy;
be in my eyes and lips and coronary heart,
in order that my want to be true to You
and to myself
could prevail over the whole lot else.”
Your good friend,
Dorothy Valcárcel, Creator
When A Girl Meets Jesus
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