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Difficult Choices

This week we examine a story riddled with difficult choices. Joseph has been sold into slavery by his brothers and has been purchased by Potiphar who is a high ranking official in the court of Pharaoh.  Joseph is alone, enslaved, many miles from home, been rejected by his siblings, and is surrounded by a culture that is saturated with gods who are not Yahweh.

How is he going to respond in these difficult circumstances?

Will Joseph continue to serve the God of his fathers or will he become assimilated into the surrounding culture?

Joseph does experience success in his new surroundings, but soon finds himself in a very dangerous situation due to the sexual advancements of his master’s wife.  How will Joseph respond to this challenge?

Joseph is faced throughout this narrative with a series of difficult choices.  Will he live out of his faith or will he live out of his circumstances?  The same difficult choices continue to face those of us who desire to live out of a biblical faith and not the circumstances in which we live.

In preparation for our time together, please read Genesis 39 and reflect on the following question:

Have you ever used your circumstances as an excuse to make broken choices?


Genesis 39:1-6  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.

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did,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. 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. 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.

God bless.

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