Joseph in Potiphar's House
Reuben's Crisis: What now? - Genesis 37:29
Joseph Promoted - Genesis 39:1-10
- Reuben returned to find Joseph gone. He could no longer rescue him as he had intended.
Now he would have to face his responsibility as the oldest, to account for Joseph's disappearance.
- The brothers hit on a plot to dip the robe in goat's blood, to make it appear that he had been killed
by a ferocious animal. They didn't overtly lie to their father Jacob, but allowed him to draw
the conclusion they led him to.
- Poetic justice: (what goes around comes around). Jacob had deceived his father Isaac
by killing a goat (to use the rough skin and hair to impersonate Esau), and now his sons had
killed a goat to deceive him!
- Meanwhile, in Egypt, Joseph was sold to Potiphar, one of the "officials", captain of Pharaoh's guard.
translates "official" as "eunuch". Not likely.
Joseph Framed - Genesis 39:11-22
- Joseph was promoted from "slave" to manager of the house
- "Superman" -- (he was hansome and well-built).
- Potiphar's wife tried to seduce Joseph, and when unsuccessful, turned the tables on him and
accused him of attempted rape.
- Notice that sexual sin is referred to in Scripture as a sin against God.
The Cupbearer and the Baker - Genesis 40:1-4.
- by the cloak left in her hand.
- Joseph was imprisoned, probably in the same prison that Potiphar was in charge of.
(see 40:3, 7).
- Potiphar may not have fully believed his wife, or he could have killed Joseph outright instead
of imprisoning him.
- God's sovereignty often puts us in places to minister, places that seem to us like defeat or failure.
- Again, he was promoted to a position of responsibility, even in the prison. Genesis 23.
More Dreams - Genesis 40:5-17.
- Joseph placed in charge of them.
- All it takes to be thrown into prison (in Pharaoh's Egypt) is to offend your master.
- Cupbearer's dream had a good-news interpretation. Read verses 9 - 13.
- Joseph asked the cupbearer to remember him to the king, after he gets his job back.
verses 14 - 15.
- The Chief Baker's dream had a bad-news interpretation. Read verses 16 - 19.
- The dreams were fulfilled, just as Joseph had interpreted them. verses 20 - 21.
- But the King's Cupbearer forgot about Joseph. verse 22.