Gen 39:1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.
Joseph, an alien is bought by the captain of the kings guard. This is like an illegal alien being employed by the FBI or the CIA.
Gen 39:2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
Egypt is a land of many gods, like today's America, yet the true God prospered Joseph and gave him favor. We are to stand out from the people as being connected to the Almighty God.
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Gen 39:3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
The LORD had caused everything to prosper with Joseph. Potipher saw this and wanted him to increase his possessions to prosper as well. The head of security, trusted the alien from the tribe of Judah to be in charge of all he owned.
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Gen 39:5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
Joseph had integrity of character. Joseph did not feel pity for himself, he overcame by excellence and faith.
Prov 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
Gen 39:7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
King David spoke similar words:
Psa 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
David sinned, but Joseph resisted the temptation to sin. Jesus never sinned. A Christian without good character is a disgrace to his Lord. We are being made in His image or we are not of Him.
Prov 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
Gen 39:10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
I hope their are no women out there reading this that play this game. And men, flee, do not be alone with a strange woman. She was married, and he was put in a position of trust. There are men and women who seduce as a game or for power, don't do this. God is not pleased. Those in slavery? No choice? God will not hold you accountable. Serve him with a humble heart.
Gen 39:13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
It is get even time for Potiphar's wife. She was refused now she punishes righteous Joseph with a false story. Joseph did not try to defend himself. Apparently he knew that it would do no good. To accuse the wife would be an insult, coming from a slave. He was a humble man, as was Jesus.
Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
God hates the sin of lying. Liars accused our Lord Jesus. The devil is a liar; he tempts us and then accuses us. He does this over and over. Think of the shame, if Joseph had of actually sinned? There would be no end to the devils accusations. Many of us have given in to lust in a moment of weakness, then begins satan's accusations and torment. We are to live in victory not giving satan a place to condemn us. Live a pure lifeand resist temptations. Be ye Holy as I am holy, the LORD says. Though accused, Joseph was innocent.
1 Cor 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
1 Tim 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Gen 39:19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
It is a bad place to be in prison. For any person held in prison unfairly, it is a very bad thing. Jesus came to set the captives free. First in the heart, then in the physical. Once Jesus has freed us, we need not be bound again. Thank you Jesus for coming and setting us free. Lord I pray for all those bound that you would come to them. The gospel power sets the captives free. Thank you Lord that you love us so much. Our past is forgiven we will no longer seek to be entangled in sin where the devil accuses us.
Gen 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
Joseph was so excellent of character, that he was put in charge of the prisoners. Contrast this to the attitudes of most today who claim to be victims of hate crimes, race, gender, etc.; they scream, yell and cry and get laws changed that are contrary to God's word. They will not prosper, God is judge. All are made free at the foot of the cross. The answer to all problems is in submitting to God by way of his son, Jesus Christ our savior.
The Butler and the Baker
Gen 40:1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.
Sounds like the king was not happy with his food and drink, for some reason.
Gen 40:2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.
Who is the captain of the guard? Potiphar, it was Potiphar who showed Joseph grace in the prison.
Gen 40:4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.
Good news for the cup bearer. Everyone wants to hear good news, but how many prophets and preachers will speak the truth if it is unpleasant to hear? Not many. The interpretation of the Baker's dream was not as pleasant.
Gen 40:16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:
Joseph was forgotten again. Why was he abandoned by his brothers at the age of 17 and sold into slavery. Why did he prosper, only to be accused unjustly and but in prison? Why is it that God gave him favor only to be disappointed again. Have we not at times wondered what we are doing in a place that we see no hope in? Joseph did not see the end, nor do we. We are to serve God where we are and he will bring the blessings from our faithfulness. It is not about us, but about glorifying our Lord.
Our problems are appointed of God. Joseph, was learning to trust God through all things. He was learning the Egyptian language and the way of servant hood. He was given opportunities to manage and to develop leadership qualities. Joseph was given wisdom from God which would be used to save his people.
Prov 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
If we do not understand and think God has forgotten us or is delaying? Perhaps it is to build our character into the future plans he has for us? Stay in the hand of our God who loves us and cares for us. Follow Jesus and honor him wherever we may be. Joseph never complained, but was willing to serve others. In Christ Jesus we are willing servants until we are with him in glory.