“THE TEST” – (THE devil’s TEMPTATION)
Joseph was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian official to Pharaoh, and the captain of the guards. The LORD was with Joseph and He prospered him in everything that he did. Joseph found favor in his master’s eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put Joseph in charge of everything he owned, and the LORD blessed Potiphar because of Joseph.
Joseph was stately in appearance, and after a while Mrs. Potiphar took notice of him, and said, “Come to bed with me!” But, Joseph refused; he told her, “My master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. My master has withheld nothing from me except you.”
One day Joseph went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants were inside. Mrs. Potiphar caught Joseph by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But, Joseph ran out of the house, leaving his cloak in her hand. She called to her household servants “Look, the Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed, and he ran.” She kept the cloak besides her bed until her husband came home, and she told him the same lie.
This is the devils’ temptation, he offered Joseph one moment of pleasure, which could have cost him his life. satan is the tempter; Jesus called him the father of lies; (John 8:44). He lied to Eve in the Garden of Eden. She believed him, and her actions caused her to sin against God.
Upon hearing the lie, Potiphar believed his wife. Burning with anger, he put Joseph in prison. But the LORD was with Joseph, and God gave him favor with the warden. Joseph became the head of the prison mates, and all matters concerning the prison; (v. 20-23).
In spite of the false accusation made by Potiphar’s wife, Joseph knew God, and he trusted that God would eventually deliver him. Joseph was an honest man with integrity. His good character enabled him to honor God, and to resists his master’s wife. He deserves to hear these words:
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things” – (Matt. 25:21 NIV).
(The following events happened which catapulted Joseph into his Divine Destiny.)
THE GIFT OF INTERPRETATION
While incarcerated, Joseph interpreted the dreams of two fellow prisoners, the cupbearer and the chief baker. Just as Joseph foretold, both interpretations proved to be true. The cupbearer returned to his previous position before prison, and the chief baker lost his life; (Gen. 40:1-23).
PHARAOH HAD A DREAM
Two years later, the king had a disturbing dream, and after hearing the testimony of the cupbearer regarding Joseph’s gift, the king called for Joseph to be brought out of prison to give light of his dream. Joseph interpret the kings dream to mean, seven years of great abundance throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of severe famine will follow. Next Joseph advised the king with a plan. The king said to Joseph, “Since God has made all known to you, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace and all my people. No one shall be greater than you, except me.”; (my shorten version of, Gen. 41:1-57).
“The king gave a ruling and made Joseph a ruler in Egypt; he was second only to the king.”
As Joseph predicted, the famine in Egypt was so severe that it affected the land of Canaan, and Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy grain. While they were there they met the Prince of Egypt, however, they did not know that he was their long lost brother, Joseph. They all bowed down to him, fulfilling prophecy.
Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers he said, Come close to me, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. It was not you who sent me here, BUT GOD! …
“YOU INTENDED TO HARM ME, BUT GOD INTENDED IT FOR GOOD”