Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.
7 And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.”
8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. 9 There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
10 So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her.
11 But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, 12 that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. 13 And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, 14 that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to [f]mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. 15 And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.”
16 So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. 17 Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me; 18 so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.”
19 So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused. 20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.
2 Cor. 6:3-10
And a seductress is a narrow well.
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit
Is like a city broken down, without walls.
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”
Prov. 4:23-27 (NLT)
23 Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.
24 Avoid all perverse talk;
stay away from corrupt speech.
25 Look straight ahead,
and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
26 Mark out a straight path for your feet;
stay on the safe path.
27 Don’t get sidetracked;
keep your feet from following evil.
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In Genesis in our story in Genesis again be talking about Joseph and Joseph is a there’s a lot in there about Joseph there’s a lot to learn from Joseph life so I titled this message today the school of adversity kids why do we go to schoolto learn we go to school to learn to prepare us for life correct we go to school to prepare us to be whatever we feel we’re God’s called us to be or what we feel we’re called to be prepared to be doctors or writers or teachers or mechanics or engineers whatever it is we go to school it hosts prepare us in grow us to shape us into what we want to be with our lives one our lives to bethe school of adversity there are times where God uses that versity in our allies to mode us to shape us into the kind of character the kind of person that he wants us to beJoseph was in the school of adversity we’re going to look to Genesis Chapter 39 versus one through 20 hear the word of the Lord andif you remember last week before I began Joseph’s brothers what did you tell him they sold ng they sowed in sodium to a band of Ishmael lights and told his father that he had been killed by a wild beastworse one. Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt and Paul to far an officer of Pharaoh captain of the guard an Egyptian bought him from the Ishmael lights who had taken him down there the Lord was with Joseph and he was a successful man and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian and his master Saul that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand so his master saw that God was with Joseph it was evident to him so Joseph found favor in his sight and served him then he made him overseer of his house and all that he had put under his of and all that he had he put under his authority and so it was from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had that the Lord blessed the Egyptians house for Joseph sake and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the House and in the field thus he left all the had in Josef’s hand and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate now Joseph was handsome in form and parents I think I shared that last week and it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph and she said lie with me but he refused and said to his master’s wife look my master does not know what is with me in the house and he has committed all that he has to my hand.There is no one greater in this house than I nor has he kept back anything from me but you because you are his wife how then could I do this great wickedness and sin against God I’m going to pause for a moment because Karen already she she didn’t know what I was preaching on when we sin there’s a problem a lot of people don’t realize when we sin we are sinning against God That’s the most important thing we have to understand yes it might cause grief to some person that we’ve sinned against but the most important thing that we must understand in here in all minds in our hearts were sinning against GodHe may have been able totake care of this you know go into her and kept it a secret for a long time but God would have none it would have been a great sin against God because God says do not commit adultery when we sin when our nation says we are sinning against God the God that created us and made us verse 10 so it was as he spoke to Joseph day by day that he did not heed her to lie with her or to be with her there was no for Taishan windowsills part he did nothing to provoke herhe did not give in to her but it happened about this time when Joseph went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was inside that she caught him by his garments saying live with me but he left his garment in her hand and fled and ran outsidefriends when temptation comes run run I don’t care what the temptation is run from it turn and run the other direction. And so it was when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them saying See he has brought into us a Hebrew to mock us he came into me to lie with me and I cried out with a loud voice and it happened when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out that he left his garment with me and fled and went outside so she kept his gone it with her until her master come home until his master come home then she spoke to him with these words saying the Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to mock me so it happened as I lifted my voice and cried out that he left his garment with me and fled outside and so it was when the master heard the words which his wife spoke to him saying your servant did to me after this manner that is anger was aroused then Joseph master took him and put him into into the prison a place where the king’s prisoners were confined and he was there in the prison and they got out his blessings to the hearing and the reading of His Holy Word let us pray most gracious Heavenly Father we give you praise and glory and honor we thank you for your presence here we just invite your Holy Spirit to speak into our hearts and reminds that we would receive the understanding and knowledge that you would have us to understand father and father I just pray that is is we learn from the life of Joseph how we can more fully trust you as we learn from Joseph of the things that we should turn from the things we should or should not do and father just pray that you would just guide us and direct us was that we would live a life that is faithful and true to you and father that we would not sin against you and father again we just thank you thank you for your word and may your word be lifted up and may your name be glorified today to your servant in Jesus’ name amen. You know when we start our Bibles we find so many peoples who stories whose lives are connected with God and are connected with God and it has plans to have a relationship with mankind God will use so many people and in a major way there are many major characters in God’s plan and his relationship and his plans to redeem man we know Abraham is a major character right he is the man to God chose to grow a nation that would be called the Nation of Israel and through him all the nations of the Earth would be blessed we know that no was a major character in the Bible it was through Noah and his family that God would repopulate the earth after the great flood and we know that Moses was a major character he was the man chosen by God to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt after they’d been there bondage for 400 years the 12 apostles major characters in the Biblethe ones that Jesus chose that he would go and preach the Gospel to the world we know that the prophets many major prophets Elijah he lie should major characters Joseph is a major character in God’s plan of his relationship with mankind and then we have those that are let’s say minor characters that are mentioned in the Bible one that we spoke of today pontiff or taught to for maybe as a commander correct under for a Nazi action pata for his a minor character but he was used greatly by God to fulfill His purposes and his plansPotter for wasn’t a fist was an officer of Pharaoh His official title was captain of the guard this means that he was a very important person in Pharaoh’s Kingdom.Captain of the guard could indicate several different things it could be that he was actually the captain the pharaoh’s bodyguards the one in charge of Paris bodyguards were his peacekeeping force remember Pharaoh means he is king Pharaoh is king of Egypt think about the security personnel it takes to protect the president of the United Statesthe Secret Servicenot only do they protect the president himself they protect the president’s wife or spouse protect children and every place the president goes they go before him prepare the city or the town that he’s going to not only that the military if there’s a threat a minute him an imminent threat right away the military boom boom they’re there I mean they’ll have jets in the air in minutes they’ll have missiles ready to protect there is so much security to protect a king or a president it would boggle your mind to think about it he could be the man to it’s in charge of all of this protecting the king of Egyptthere would be a large force a very large force providing securitymany scholars believe that pot of far finer for quite a far I’m going to get this right sooner or later he was also in charge of the prison where those who disobeyed or displeased Pharaoh would be sentand also they may he may have been in charge of the executions the executioner so we don’t know all of the duties that he may have had as captain of the guardpart of Ford’s role and guards plan and God’s plan was that he was the man it wasn’t by accident that he was the man to purchase Joseph from the Midianites.Part of her brought Joseph not to be used as a slave out in the fields to work the fields but for the service of the house he was a household slaveDo you ever look at the events of circumstances in your life or the lives of someone you may know and think wow it’s hard to understand why things happen the way they happened why did this happen happen to that good person they were good person why that happened and why did happen to me I’m a good person why do these things happen you know look at Joseph Story as a free man he was hated by isn’t flesh and blood by his brothers that was father loved him dearly doted over him even but he was hated by his own brothers sold as a slave and winds up in Egyptas a slave as a servantrejected envied by his brothersbut strangely it would seem that his situation actually improved after he was no longer a free man the scripture actually said that Joseph was a successful manand he was in the house of his master the Egyptian and the Lord made all that Joseph did to prosper he was successful in everything that he put his hands to everything he put his mind to ponder put him in charge of his entire household part of her did not have to concern himself with anything concerning his house they say that the Egyptians in that area now time would have been growers of vegetables and livestock so if he had pontiff or had gardens to grow the vegetables for the household and had livestock he didn’t have to worry about any of that if there was a building project to be done in his home he would have been a wealthy man for that time in charge of Pharaoh’s body guards his guard he was a wealthy man. He didn’t if there was a building project at home Joseph took care of it in half a way those floors by self Josaphat took care of it very need to be anything done out in the field Joseph took care of a part of her did not have to worry about anything he was free to be concerned with his duties to Pharaoh didn’t have to worry about anything at home because they had a faithful servant named Joseph was going to take care of all of that for him he knew that he could trust him he knew that God was blessing his house when Joseph speak half imagining an Egyptian being blessed by God only because of that faithful servant named Josephyou know J.s Joseph would not have read this he would have known this because it was written after his time but Jeremiah 297 saysand seek the peace of the city were I have cause you to be carried away captive and prayed to the Lord for it for in its peace you will have peacethink about itin its peace you will have peace everything that he didmay have been blessed was blessed by God But remember this Joseph was still a slavehe was still a servant he was not free to leave the home and find dadhe was bound to his master because he paid a good price for himbut he still being blessedHow would you react if you found yourself in a similar situation rejected by your own family a captive in a foreign land could you pray for them could you pray for your master could you pray for those in that foreign land and I don’t mean pray that God would send fire down out of heaven to destroy themcould you actually pray for their benefit that God would bless them that they would have peace and prosperity.Prayed that they would know God could you pray for them of friends we are called to love our enemies are weand pray for enemies would you serve them with the best of your abilities the best of your talents or would you just do the most that the least you could do to get by to keep from getting beaten by your master who would you give them your very best Joseph did he gave him the best of the buildings that he had the best of his knowledge and he trusted the Lord Joseph knew that God was with him in a situation as a slave in EgyptGod may have caused everything Joseph did the process but remember this he could not keep it for himself Joseph didn’t have some huge bank account he probably had no bank account everything that he did all his blessing was actually for the master the EgyptianWhat a picture of how we are to serve the LordHe is our mastereverything we do should be to bless His Kingdom not ourselves but the bless His KingdomHall and said Corinthians 63 through 10 says we live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us and no one will find fault with our ministry in everything we do we show that we are true ministers of God we patiently endure troubles I hope these words describe us as believers write we patiently endure troubles and hardships calamities of every kind we have been beaten put in prison faced angry mobs work to exhaustion endured sleepless nights and gone without food we prove ourselves by our purity. Can we say that we prove ourselves by our purity our understanding our patience our kindness by the Holy Spirit within us and by our sincere love we faithfully preach the truth God’s power is working in us we use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack in the left hand for defense we serve God whether people honor us or despise usdo we faithfully serve God whether people honor us or despise us whether they slander us or praise us where honest but they call us impostors we are ignored even though we are well known we live close to death but we are still alive we have been beaten we have not been killed our hearts ache but we always have joy we are poor but we give spiritual riches to others we owe nothing and yet we have everything. And I think I had a different version of what’s on the screen I think I forgot to put new to the translationstill made sense Joseph was giving spiritual riches to others he didn’t know anything yet he had everythingif he stayed in his home with his father pampered by his father I should sayhe may not have ever developed the character God would need him to havefor the plans that he had for him it was necessary for him to go through this school of adversity to learn to trust God in every situation that he would find himselfall seen big on very well for Joseph and ponder for houseit was a said good handsome Josephgood looking man the fine features there was trouble brewing. As handsome as he was conifers wife cast those longing eyes for himis just too much for her seeing him day in and day out seeing that fine looking man working around the house when he’s chores taking care of things she just couldn’t take it you know Egyptian women at that time they were not kept in the same secluded manners females in most oriental countries they were treated in a manner more worthy of a civilized nation in fact they enjoyed much freedom both at home and abroad and Egyptian women were very loose with their morals so therefore she figured hey Joseph’s here hubby’s not home she’s going to have her way with him but he wouldn’t give in day after day she kept trying trying to convince him to live with her until one day there was no other servants in the houseand grabbed hold of his garment.So he fled the seductive woman leaving his garments behind in her handwhich we have learned to see used against him to bring false accusation against him. 2327 says for a harlot as a deep pit and as a doctor’s is a narrow well.Joseph exercise faithful control over his personfaithful control he controlled himself I have known believers those who profess to be Christians say it doesn’t matter what we do we are saved Christ died for our sins he is speared If I sin if I do wrong it’s not I don’t it’s a sinful man in me don’t want it so it doesn’t matterwhat friends I’m going to say that does not line up with the Word of God we are to have self control we are to demonstrate self control of our own person.We are not to say well he died so it doesn’t matter what I do I believe in Him It’s Ok to do what I want sin if I want to not so Roman 615 to 18 says What then shall we sin because we are not under law but under gracecertainly not Paul says certainly not we’re not just to go on sinning do you not know that to whom you present yourself slaves to obey your that one slaves whom you obey whether of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness but God be thanked that through that though you were slaves of sin yet you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered and having been set free from sin you became slaves of righteousness slaves of righteousness not sin a Puritan preacher once said Joseph may have lost his coat but he kept his characterleave your code leave the sin in maintain your character self-control is a very important partof one’s character very important part of preparing one for leadership Proverbs 2528 says whoever has no rule whatever is soon spirit is like a city broken down without wallsnow we don’t quite understand that thinking today because we don’t have walls around our cities but where there are no walls anything can get in and anything can come outwe can’t just allow anything in to our minds in our hearts we have to guard them protect them and we can’t let anything out we have to control what we say what we do we have to trust in the Lord trust in his spear Suranne we have to be his servant surrender to him be his slave.Joseph next teaching in the school of adversityhe was thrown into prison because of that unjust accusation verse 20 and 21 says and Joseph master took him and put him into prison a place where the king’s prisoners were confined and it was there in a prison but the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison so again he’s a slave and ponder for Souths prospers does well puts him in charge of everything $500.00 self in prison in a prison keeper sees that the Lord is with thing he is a leader and he puts him in charge in a prison you know how easy it would have been caught been to become discouraged how easy your brother soldier you became a sleigh your faithful there an unjust ally spoken against you you get thrown in prison how easy it would have been to say Lord I’ve been faithful to this time and look what it has gotten me I am now in jail in prison no hope hopeless it would have been easy to do that to become discouraged to even become angrythe God allow this to happen to you but he did not he remain faithful he trusted that the Lord was still in this that this was the Lord’s doings hard to understand to see that we can trust he trusted the Lord he demonstrated again his leadership responsibility for the responsibility that he hadall the things that happened to Joseph was God preparing himyou know it wasn’t just a few months or even just a few years that all these events took place descriptors told us whenever Joseph was sold by his brothers he was 17 years of age. And we know that when he was released from prison We’ll get to that here in a bit he was 30 years old 13 years he was either a servant in the House of Potter for or he was a prisoner in the prison and we don’t know how many years in each place but I do know from the scripture that he was at least in prison for over 2 years we don’t know how to break it down but we know because another event that happened he was there for at least 2 years possibly more probably more like 345 So all those time all those years he remained faithful you know we get impatient after a couple months but 13 years he trusted God was with him he was faithful to God Now I’m not going to read the whole scripture but I may give you an abbreviated versionso Joseph in prison and I said that this is a prison would Pharaoh would send those that This pleased him or made him angry and he would send them off to prison so Pharaoh for some reason I don’t know why he got angry at his butler a butler was the one that would put the wine in the cup for the Pharaoh and would take it and drink it and taste it make sure it’s good in that the butler didn’t die in a few minutes from poison being in a wine the Pharaoh knew it was safe to drink right so that’s what a butler did the chief butler cheap Butler cheap Butler was cast in a prison and then the baker he did something to to make Pharaoh mad maybe the bread wasn’t raised as should have been I don’t know maybe it wasn’t as flavor of what should have maybe the sweet rolls weren’t sweet enough I don’t know but whatever reason he cast the baker and the butler in the prison and not by chance the same prison where Joseph was. So after the Baker in the butler had been in prison for a little time they each had a dream and they had a troublesome dream not just they wasn’t a sweet dream it was a troublesome dream so each of these mean they dreamed this dream the same night Joseph noticed or countenance he knew that they was sad he could tell by looking at himGod gave him discernment right so he asked them what’s troubling you why is your countenance now this is my version why are you sad so they each shared their dream with Josephand the butler says in my dream there were3 cups whatever was on there going to give Rupert beta version so just interpret his dream that in 3 days you will be restored to your position you will be beside Pharaoh again putting his company’s hand the baker had 3 baskets on his head I remember now so Joseph interpreted his dream in 3 days you will be hanged you will not be restored so each man’s dream turned out just exactly the way Joseph interpreted the butler was restore the Baker was hanging but Joseph asked the butler when you go back to your position remember me remember me petition Pharaoh will my behalf because I was put here on justlybut the butler goes back to his position and forgets all about Josephfor 2 whole years he forgets all about Joseph until Pharaoh himself has a dream Pharaoh has a dream that troubles himhe had this dream where there were 7 strong fat plump healthy looking cows down by the river.Grazing in the pasture the nice plush plentiful pasture in 7 gaunt ugly weaksickly looking cows come up out of the river and they eat the 7 healthy cows but yet they are still just as skinny and ugly and gaunt looking as before they to 7 calves and then there were 7 heads of grain full and plump and healthy looking and 7 sickly grains of come up and they eat the healthy ones and they to look no better than before they ate the healthy ones so Pharaoh calls all of the wise men of the land and tells in the dream the nun can interpret it and found the butler says Forgive me forgive me for I have forgotten about one that we met in prisonhe tells fair that we each had a dream the baker who you Hong and myself and this man interpreted our dreams and they came true just as he spoke so they quickly sent for Joseph brought him out of the prison of course didn’t bring him right the pharaoh they had getting cleaned up he had to shave and get a haircut and get some proper clothes on and brought him before Pharaoh in Farah reveals his dream to Joseph and Joe says and we forget this most important part God will give the interpretation he didn’t take the credit for God will give the interpretation so Joseph interpreted favors dream that there’s going to be 7 years of plentyabundance in all the land the land is going to produce like it’s never produced before for 7 whole years that’s to 7 healthy cows and 7 healthy grains of wheat but then there’s going to be 7 years of famine to follow like you’ve never seen beforethings are going to dry up and weather dot.So Pharaoh should appoint a man to put in charge to take a 5th of all that everyone grows for the 7 years is stored up for the 7 years of famine Genesis $4139.00 through 44 then Pharaoh said to Joseph in as much as a as God has shown you all this there is no one is discerning and wise as you you shall be over my house and all my people shall be ruled according to your word only regard to the throne will I be greater than you and if they were said to Joseph See I have set you over all the land of Egypt and Pharaoh took a signet ring office hand and he put it on Joseph hand and he closed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain put a gold chain around his neck and he had a ride in the 2nd chariot which he had and they cried out before him bowed the knee so he set him over all of the land of Egypt they were also said to Joseph I am Pharao and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all of the land of Egyptyou see the progressionthrough Joseph adversities he 1st put him in charge of little things didn’tput him in charge of a household put him in charge of a prisonthen in charge of an entire kingdom it was through this school of adversity that Joseph character became the Khan a man that he needed to have to be to lead the entire Kingdom of Egypt 2nd only to Pharaohso he goes from being a hated brotherto a servant to a prisoner to Ruler of the land 2nd only to Pharaohnot only would his brothers bow down to him but all of Egypt. Bowed down to him all except for Pharaoh himself bowed down to Josephhave an extra scriptura through an ear in Matthew $25.00the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country he called his own servants and delivered his goods to them into one he gave 5 talents and to another 2 into another one and to each according to his own ability and immediately went on a journey that he who had received the 5 talents went and traded with them and made another 5 talents and likewise the one who had received to gain 2 more but you had received one went and dug in the ground and hid his lord’s money now after a long time the Lord of the servants came and settled accounts with them so he who had received 5 talents came and brought 5 other talents saying Lord you delivered to me 5 talents look I have gained 5 more talents beside them beside them and he said to him Well done good and faithful servant you were faithful over a few things I will make you ruler over many things enter into the joy of your Lord faithful in a few things he will make him ruler over many things what a story of Joseph life Joseph’s life he was faithful he trusted God no matter what he was faithful and God bless him he was over many things because he was faithful in the little thingsProverbs 242327 through 27 says this is New Living Translation guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your lifethat’s where self-control comes in doesn’t it. Avoid all perverse talk stay away from corrupt speech look straight ahead in picture and what lies before you mark out a straight path for your feet stay on the safe path don’t get sidetracked keep your feet from doing evilbe faithful to Godeven if you’re in the middle of that adversity that maybe you may be experiencing keep your eyes on Jesus look straight to him and then one last scripturePsalm 311 through 5 and hope that we can all say this from our hearts in you a lord I put my trust let me Never be ashamed deliver me in your righteousnessbow down your ear to may deliver me speedily be my rock of refuge a fortress of the fence to save me You are my rock and my fortress Therefore for your name sake need me and guide me pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me for you are my strength into your hand I commit my spear you every day in the o. Lord God of truth God is our refuge he is our rocklet’s trust in Him we find ourselves in that adversity or temptation or wherever it is let’s remain faithful let’s trust in him always and forever more amen.