“LET’S TALK TO JOSEPH” – Genesis 39
CWBC – 6/17/18
INTRO – Good morning, everyone! I’m so glad we are together today to worship the Lord Jesus!
How many of you guys own a truck? Most guys at some point in their life have a truck or want a truck. It’s just sort of in our blood. The 1st truck my family had was a 1972 GMC long wheelbase pickup truck. Looked sort of like this one.
Back then, it was the Cadillac of pickup trucks. It had automatic transmission, power steering, A/C, even had an AM AND FM radio (slide bar back & forth). Had a 400 4-barrel engine in it. Daddy put glass packs on it & my brother, Tim, put some custom rims on it. It was a fine truck!
Back then, it was normal for kids to ride in the back of pickup truck. How many of you did that on a regular basis?
- When our little league baseball teams would win a game, we would all jump in the back of the coach’s pickup truck & holler “We beat the Mets” all the way across town to the Quickie hamburger joint on Hwy 61. It was especially fun if you got behind the mosquito truck!
- We would ride on the tailgate all over town all the time.
- We even went all the way across Arkansas on a family vacation w/ my 2 brothers & me riding in the back of that 72 GMC, sitting in folding lawn chairs w/ our heads over the side of the truck like hound dogs.
I’ve been wanting a truck for a long time. The first week I got here as pastor, Jim got his new truck & rubbed it in!
I finally bought one about 6 weeks ago – a 2014 Toyota Tacoma. Love it. Lord willing, may be the last truck I will ever need.
When you get in it & start it up, a warning sound makes a dinging sound to remind you to buckle your seat belt. Dings 1 time – You’ve got a decision to make. Waits a minute to see if you’re going to buckle up. If you don’t, then it dings 8 times followed by 50 dings. Then it stops. That’s all the warning you get. You’re on your own after that. It’s up to you. You’ve got to make the decision. You’ve been warned. You know the potential consequences. It’s up to you. It’s your decision.
Open your Bibles or your Bible app to Gen. 39 (page 33 in pew Bible)
Genesis 39 (ESV)
Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
39 Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. 5 From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field. 6 So he left all that he had in Joseph’s charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate.
Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.
The story of Joseph is an amazing story! Twists & turns – deception & lies – abuse – temptation – suffering – royalty – redemption & reconciliation – it’s got it all. It’s got everything that your favorite Netflix series has, except that series probably doesn’t end w/ God being glorified.
Back up & get a running start into our passage for today. Turn to Genesis 37.
- HIS BROTHERS HATED HIM: 37:1-11 – Joseph, the 17 yr old son of Jacob. He was his father’s favorite son & Jacob made no secret of that. Gave Joseph the coat of many colors which set him apart from his other brothers. That didn’t set well w/ those brothers & Gen. 37:4 says, “But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him & could not speak to him peacefully.” The Hebrew word for “hated” means….THEY HATED HIM! Saw him as their enemy!
- Then to make matters worse, Joseph had these vivid dreams & was able to interpret these dreams. Basically, what his dreams meant was that one day his brothers would be bowing down to him. What do you think that did to his relationship w/ his brothers? V. 8 – “So they hated him even more for his dreams & for his words.”
- HIS BROTHERS ATTACKED HIM: Gen. 37:12-24
- HIS BROTHERS SOLD HIM: Gen. 37:25-28
- HIS BROTHERS LIED ABOUT HIM: Gen. 37:29-35
- HE WAS SOLD TO POTIPHAR: Gen. 37:36
Talk about a dysfunctional family!
But things began to turn around for Joseph when he got into Potiphar’s possession. Look at the verses we read from ch. 39.
R.C. Sproul: “Despite this favor, life must have been difficult for Joseph in Potiphar’s service. After all, he was a young single man far away from his home. His family had basically forsaken him, and he missed the company of at least his father, if not also his brothers, despite their malice (see 45:1–15). All this would make the best of us vulnerable and apt to compromise our integrity, and Joseph had a perfect opportunity to abandon the narrow path when Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him.” (https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/seduction-resisted/)
Let’s look at this portion of the story. Almost has a Lifetime movie feel to it – “The Boss’ Wife.” Young, good-looking man who has been abandoned by his family. Lonely rich woman w/ power preying on his vulnerabilities.
SHE SAW HIM – v. 7a – “And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph…”
SHE SPOKE TO HIM – v. 7b – “…Lie w/ me.” Tempting, sensual. But more to it. She owned him & could flirt & tempt all she wanted. But she also could command him to do this. And he was supposed to obey.
SHE STAYED AFTER HIM – v. 10a – “…she spoke to Joseph day after day…”
SHE SLANDERED HIM – v. 11-18 – When he continually rebuffed her sexual advances b/c of this commitment to God & to Potiphar, she made up a story & lied about him trying to seduce her! Got him throw into prison.
You better run, bro!
“FLEE” – v. 12b – “But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house.”
6 verses in ESV have the word “flee” in them. – 2 in OT, 4 in NT
- Psalm 139:7
- Proverbs 28:1
- 1 Corinthians 6:18; 10:14
- 2 Timothy 2:22
- James 4:7
Whether in Hebrew in OT, or Greek in NT, all of them have same meaning & implications: “Run away, chase away, disappear, escape, put to flight, get safety, be gone, become invisible, avoid”
Joseph would tell us we need to RUN!
Run b/c of the consequences
Run b/c of your commitments – to your family, but ultimately, to God
Run b/c of your calling – You are called to live a holy life – 1 Peter 1:16 – God says, “Be holy b/c I am holy.”
Our calling is to glorify God in all that we do. 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
CONCLUSION – Back to my pickup truck & the seatbelt warning system. God has given us His warning system, too:
- His Word
- The Holy Spirit
- Our conscience
- Charles Stanley: “The Holy Spirit, along w/ a divinely informed conscience, guides believers. In order to keep that internal guidance system healthy, we should continually meditate on Scripture.”
- The Church