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March 6, 2023

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Focus Verse For Today: Genesis 39:2a

Today’s journey directs us through the family tree of Esau. Then we travel to the Valley of Hebron to find Jacob’s youngest son, Joseph, telling his older brothers that one day they would bow down to him. Unfortunately, the boy with the coat of many colors, found himself sold into slavery by his brothers. Our next stop is at Adullam. Here Judah, an older brother of Joseph and an instigator of selling Joseph into slavery, finds himself deceived by his daughter-in-law. The final stop of the day Potiphar’s house, Joseph’s got his hands full; or, does he?! Then an Egyptian prison.

Take a few minutes to seek God’s understanding of Genesis 36-39. After you finish praying, read Genesis 36-39. Now let’s take our trip through Genesis 36-39!

GenesisGenesis 36-39: Our journey begins with a detailed description of Esau’s descendants. They were known as Edomites and eventually became bitter enemies of Israel. Jacob’s youngest son, Joseph, who was born by beloved wife Rachel, did not have a good relationship with his older brothers. The relationship between Joseph and his older brothers was destroyed when Joseph told them that they would bow down to him. His older brothers plotted to kill him but decided it lessened their responsibility for what may come to him to sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. The Ishmaelites sold Joseph to Potiphar, an Egyptian official, to be his slave. The brothers took Joseph’s coat, tore it, covered it with goat’s blood, and presented it to their father asking is this your son’s ornate coat, aka coat of many colors? Jacob, who has been renamed Israel by the Lord, was devastated. Judah, one of Joseph’s brothers and a leading instigator in selling Joseph to the Ishmaelites, moves to Adullam where he takes a Canaanite bride. His wife bore him three sons. Death, lies, and deceit follow. Returning to Joseph, who has been sold to Potiphar, an Egyptian official, by the Ishmaelites. Potiphar sees that God blesses everything that Joseph does and promotes him to be in charge of everything in his home and business except his food and his wife. A problem arises when Potiphar’s wife, seeing that Joseph is a handsome guy, wants to sleep with him. Joseph refused to dishonor his God through sin, or the trust Potiphar placed in him. Potiphar’s wife refuses to accept “No,” for an answer and Joseph was sent to prison, where Joseph’s works were also blessed. (Genesis 36:1-39:23)

Our focus verse for today:

2The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered,
(Genesis 39:2a, NIV)

The Bible reveals that God values personal relationships with Him. Joseph is described as a man who sought a relationship with God above all other things. Joseph never considered having an affair with Potiphar’s wife. Joseph’s reasons were simple: Potiphar trusted him with everything except her. He would not violate that trust. The second was it would dishonor God. God blessed Joseph in all that he did. Adversity was part of Joseph’s life, most certainly a part, like the rest of us, he would prefer to avoid. He never strayed regardless of his circumstances. How do you handle adversity through your faith? Does your faith handle your adversities? These are not trick questions.


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