2009-09-21 - Insights from Potiphar and His Wife
Love and Marriage: Bible Style
Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. (Genesis 39:4)
Potiphar put Joseph in charge of all his business affairs. Everything went smoothly once Joseph took over.
The young Joseph was handsome, and Potiphar's wife looked his way. Joseph turned her down, on account of his loyalty to Potiphar. Joseph and she played this cat and mouse game, day after day. He tried to keep away from his boss' wife, but she did not give up too easily.
One day Potiphar's wife saw her chance to get close to Joseph. No one else was around, so she made her move. Joseph rejected her again and ran away. He left part of his sleeve in the scuffle. Potiphar's wife had to cover her tracks, so she put the blame on Joseph. She told her husband Joseph tried to attack her. She even put on the water works and had the piece of Joseph's clothing as proof.
Potiphar was outraged. He took his wife at her word. He was oblivious to what she was capable of. Potiphar put Joseph in prison for his alleged actions. Potiphr's wife did not have to doubt the love of her husband, but it was at the cost of an innocent man. She did not show any compassion for Joseph, the man, in her eyes who slighted her, a woman who was used to getting what she wanted.
Lord, I give You my desire for revenge. Let Your punishment be upon the people who have hurt me, whether unintentionally or maliciously, so I can be free of resentment or anger. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.