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March 4, 2019 

GENESIS 36-39    


Focus Verse For Today: Genesis 39:2(a)


Todays Journey Through The Bible In A Year, 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.  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!  


Our journey begins in chapter 36 with a detailed description of Esau’s descendants.  They were known as Edomites and eventually became bitter enemies of Israel.  (Genesis 36:1-43)


Chapter 37 introduces us to the Jacob’s family dynamic.  (Jacob was renamed Israel by God)  Joseph, the youngest son of all Israel’s sons and born to him by his beloved wife Rachel, had, what appears to be, an obnoxious streak.  The relationship between Joseph and his older brothers was destroyed when Joseph told them that they would bow down to him.  His older brother’s 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 Jospeh to Potiphar, an Egyptian official, to be his slave.  The brother’s took Joseph’s coat, tore it, coved it with goats blood, presented it to their father asking is this your son’s ornate coat, aka coat of many colors?  Israel was devastated.  (Genesis 37:1-36)


Chapter 38 gives us a glimpse at the life of 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.  Er, Onan, and Shelah.  Judah selected a wife for Er, Tamar.  God kills Er before he has children.  This, by local custom, required Onan, Er’s next oldest brother, to have children with Tamar to preserve Er’s inheritance.  Onan deceived Tamar to avoid children with her.  God kills Onan.  Judah tells Tamar that Shelah is too young to have children and directs her to return to her father’s house until Shelah is of age, when Judah will give Shelah to her so she may bear children.  Judah deceived Tamar and did not give her Shelah as promised.  Tamar tricked Judah into thinking she was a prostitute taking his signet ring and staff as security for payment.  Judah tries to recover his signet ring and staff by making a payment to the prostitute but she is nowhere to be found.  Judah learns that his daughter-in-law is pregnant.  Judah demands that she be burned.  Tamar sends the signet ring and staff to Judah telling him that the person who owned these things fathered my unborn child.  Judah recognized them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not sleep with her again.  (Genesis 38:26)  Tamar gave birth to twins Perez and Zerah.  (Genesis 38:1-30)


Chapter 38 returns 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 arrises when Potiphar’s wife, seeing that Joseph is a handsome guy, wants to sleep with him.  Joseph’s reply to Potiphar’s wife:  No one is greater in this house than I am.  My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife.  How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9,NIV)  Joseph refused to dishonor his God through sin, or the trust Potiphar placed in him.  When Potiphar’s wife realized Joseph would not give in to her, she told her servants and her husband, Potiphar, that Joseph attempted to rape her.  Joseph is sent to prison where he is given charge of everything under the warden.  (Genesis 39:1-23)


Our focus verse for today:

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


What a journey today’s trip tuned out to be!  Lot’s of things were happening back then; however, our focus is not the sordid, but the life of Joseph.  Our focus verse points out that God prospered Joseph.  A carful reading of Genesis 37 reveals that Israel, although not amused, by Joseph’s proclamation of authority over the family, did not summarily dismiss Joseph’s claims.  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.  Is your journal ready?  Is your brain ready?


The Bible reveals that God values personal relationship with Him.  Joseph is described as a man who sought a relationship with God above all other things.  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.  Godspeace!


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