Old Testament Lesson 11: “How Can I Do This Great Wickedness?”

Genesis 37-39—After being enslaved by the Egyptians, Joseph goes on to thrive as a leader of slaves. But Potiphar's wife has different ideas. What do we learn about evading temptation from this episode?

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Genesis 37-39

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]oor Joseph (not really). The eleventh son of Jacob is hated by his brothers and cast into slavery. However, Joseph not only survives, but prospers as a slave, eventually being put in charge of other prisoners.

Later, however, Joseph faces a trying circumstance, as the wife of his master, Potiphar, attempts to seduce him. Potiphar placed great trust in Joseph, but Joseph did not renege on his values or covenants. He immediately removed himself from the situation. What can we learn about navigating temptation from that? Perhaps it’s better to bail entirely instead of taking a “wait and see” approach.

Joseph’s great faith will lead him to rule over all of Egypt, but that is a lesson for another time.

Lauren Johnson is with us.

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