Memory passage for the month of November – Psalm 95
Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – 1 Timothy 1:17
A Study of Women in the Bible
Potiphar’s Wife, A Woman Swayed By Sex
“And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. 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. And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured. And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice: And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out. And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home. And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out. And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.” (Genesis 39:1-20)
Potiphar’s wife, an Egyptian, had everything a woman of that day could want. She had a husband in a position as an officer to Pharaoh. She lived in a nice home, had plenty of food, nice clothing, house servants. You name it. She was spoiled. It seems on the outside, Potiphar’s wife had everything, but inside she was empty. Maybe her husband’s job took much of his time which meant less time for her. She was looking for love, but in the wrong place. Her husband’s servant, Joseph, was a very good looking man, but his heart cleaved to his God. Potiphar’s wife enticed Joseph more then once. She wanted the satisfaction of love and attention through sex. She did not realize that true love and attention, could only be obtain through marriage.
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)
Without marriage, these feelings are lust; which consumes and degrade a person to an animal level. It will lead a person to loneliness and shame. Finally the results lead to desolation and becomes a vicious cycle of misery. Whether you are married or single, immorality is a deadly weapon straight from the pit of hell. It will destroy a person. Joseph knew this because he walked with God, and he knew it would displease Him.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1Corintians 6:19)
This unnamed woman warns us that sex is not a game. If married and lacking in an area, seek what you are looking for through your husband, not another man. Not married, go to God. He loves you more than you know, or seek godly council.
Some warnings to heed are these: be careful on how you conduct yourself around other men; never be alone anywhere with a man that is not your husband. Yes, even if you are older and dating, have a third party with you. Be careful about how you dress, don’t reveal too much skin. Remember, men are attracted by the eye, women by the heart. Ask yourself, “would I be embarrassed if I were standing before Jesus?” Don’t use sex as a game piece. You can’t get a guy’s love by making an offer. Don’t accept any offer, either. If he takes or makes an offer for sex, he really doesn’t love you, he’s just making or accepting the offer. THINK ABOUT IT!!
The world we live in today would read this account in the Bible and say what’s wrong with that?
“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)
Even after all that mess, Potiphar’s wife still was empty. Let’s not look to man’s way of satisfying our needs, but look to God instead.
I John 5:13
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