Genesis Chapter 39

Jul 5, 2012  |  Genesis, Old Testament  |  No Comments

The Lord is with Joseph in his Captivity

This passage takes place in Egypt, where Joseph is taken after his brothers sold him to Ishmaelites, who in turn sell him to Potiphar, an official of Pharaoh and the captain of the guard.

  • Genesis 39:2 And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
  • Genesis 39:3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
  • Genesis 39:4 And Joseph found favor in his sight and he served him. He made him overseer over his house and put him in charge over all that he had.
  • Genesis 39:5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake.  And the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
  • With Joseph in charge, Potiphar had no concerns about anything with his household, except what to eat.  Potiphar’s wife noticed how good looking Joseph was and tried to get him to sleep with her.  Joseph responds with what a favorable position he is in and says, “How then, can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
  • Joseph continued to fight off the advances of Potiphar’s wife, but one day was put in a compromising position, and she took his cloak as he fled.  She then lied to the servants and to Potiphar, claiming that Joseph tried to rape her.  As a result, he is thrown into the king’s jail.
  • Genesis 39:21 But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
  • Joseph is once again put in charge, this time of the other prisoners.
  • Genesis 39:23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under his hand, because the Lord was with him, and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.

Reflections on Genesis Chapter 39

  • Few of us experience circumstances as difficult as Joseph’s, but the Lord was with him.
  • Even in captivity, the Lord’s presence caused Joseph to prosper, and was so obvious, even his master recognized it.
  • The Lord’s blessings on Joseph were so strong that they flowed onto his master so that his master prospered as well.
  • When the evil actions of Potiphar’s wife caused Joseph to be thrown into prison, even there the Lord was with him, and the Lord showed him mercy.
  • God uses both his followers and those who are evil to carry out his plan.  How would God have gotten Joseph in a position in Egypt without the evil actions of both his brothers and Potiphar’s wife?

Lord, thank you for your Presence.  We are so blessed that you are with us, yet we rarely acknowledge it.  Help us be as faithful and patient as Joseph.  Help us never forget that you have the bigger plan and we see a very small piece of it.


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