Potiphar’s wife… Let’s learn with her!
Her story is in the Book of Genesis 39
GN 39:1,6 ”After Joseph had been taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelites, Potiphar an Egyptian, one of Pharaoh’s officials and the manager of his household, bought him from them…
As it turned out, God was with Joseph and things went very well with him. He ended up living in the home of his Egyptian master. His master recognized that God was with him, saw that God was working for good in everything he did. He became very fond of Joseph and made him his personal aide. He put him in charge of all his personal affairs, turning everything over to him. From that moment on, God blessed the home of the Egyptian—all because of Joseph. The blessing of God spread over everything he owned, at home and in the fields, and all Potiphar had to concern himself with was eating three meals a day.”
- GN 39:6 “Potiphar had to concern himself with was eating three meals a day.”
Sometimes in our life we are with selfish people that only care about themselves, do not care about faith and do not keep their integrity before God and before society, but we must be different and keep our values in this world and show our Christian principles in everything we do.
- She was known simply as Potiphar’s wife.
Sometimes we are not recognized by our name, like for example in my son school I’m recognized as Tiago’s Mum, not Ana! In real life we cannot accept being call as the mum of, the wife of, the friend of… because they are known for what they are or do.
We need to show our own identity and be recognized for what we are and what we do in life.
- GN 39:7 “… after a while, as time went on, his master’s wife became infatuated with Joseph and one day said, Sleep with me.”
We women like to plan things ahead. We must make sure that our plans are always for the good, to construct, to build, to help…. NEVER for the bad and evil things.
We need to make sure that, our relationships should be with those that share the same thoughts.
- She was older / He was young
- She was married / He was single
- She was Egyptian / He was Hebrew
- She had no morals / He had high morals
- She worship other gods / He worship God
- GN 39:10 “She pestered him day after day after day, but he stood his ground. He refused to go to bed with her.”
How many times we insist in doing what is wrong, what annoys others, what annoys God and we do not give until we have what we want isn’t it? Sometimes we just need to realize that what we are doing it is wrong and stop, then we will avoid tragedies happening in our life.
- GN 39:11,15 “She grabbed him by his cloak, saying, “Sleep with me!” He left his coat in her hand and ran out of the house. When she realized that he had left his coat in her hand and run outside, she called to her house servants: “Look—this Hebrew shows up and before you know it he’s trying to seduce us. He tried to make love to me but I yelled as loud as I could. With all my yelling and screaming, he left his coat beside me here and ran outside.”
She did not succeeded committing adultery with Joseph, but she was very successful in lying and blame the other person.
- When his master heard his wife’s story, telling him, “These are the things your slave did to me,” he was furious.
Give a glance to the following word:
These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
Collaboration of Ana Bacala