Friday, July 30, 2010

Bible Study: As It Was In The Beginning - Genesis - Chapter 39

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Genesis. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Genesis Chapter 39. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

39 – stay on your toes.

Joseph endures temptation. So does Jesus. see Matthew 4:1-11.

Potiphar’s wife has no name of her own.

39:1 – Joseph would be about 17 or 18 years old, depending on how long the trip to Egypt took and how long before the Ishmaelites sold Joseph to Potiphar.

39:2 – Joseph prospered because the Lord was with him.

39:3-4 – Potiphar recognized the Lord’s hand upon Joseph.

39:4 – this was a good position. But as we will see, God allowed circumstances to remove Joseph from this good position – even through hardship – so that he would be in the proper place to accept the better position that God was preparing for him.

39:6-9 – Joseph recognized adultery as a sin against God.

39:8 – We should firmly reject temptation.

39:9 – We should concentrate on our blessings.

We should consider the impact of our sin on others.

We shouldn’t whitewash sin. Call it what it is!

We should realize who we’re actually sinning against: God.

39:10 – Potiphar’s wife propositioned Joseph DAILY!

39:11 – surround yourself with support. Do you have godly accountability partners? GET SOME!

Joseph apparently avoided being alone with her.

39:12 – Joseph ran from sin to escape it. See 1 Corinthians 10:13 – God will always provide a way of escape.

39:13-18 – that Hebrew – Potiphar’s wife calls the servants, putting the situation into a public forum and plays the “race” card to force her husband to punish the innocent Joseph.

39:15 – Joseph was falsely accused. So was Jesus. see Matthew 26:59-65.

39:19-20 – Potiphar’s anger must have burned at his wife for forcing him into this position – perhaps she’s done this before – because if he truly believed in Joseph’s guilt, he could have had him executed for the offense. Instead, he had him thrown in prison, and a good prison. And he and his household lost the blessing of the Lord that was upon Joseph.

39:20 – Joseph was imprisoned with two criminals. Jesus was crucified with them. see Mark 15:27-28.

39:21 – In spite of his circumstances, the Lord was with Joseph. What evidence do you have that God is with you in your present circumstances? Do you know that you can trust Him? How?

What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?

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