Genesis 39 & 40: Is The LORD With You?
Verse of the Day: (39:21) But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. (39:21)
1. Lie (39:1-20)
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. (39:10)
God shall test the faith of His children day by day until the day He calls us home! This was what happened to Joseph as his faith was tested daily when master’s wife kept seducing him to lie with her and sin against God. Joseph’s brothers had sold him to the Ishmeelites, who in turn sold him to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, who became his master. Potiphar saw that God with Joseph and had blessed him in everything that he did, and so he committed his house and business to him. However, life was not a bed of roses for Joseph, as his master’s wife kept seducing him daily until he was thrown into prison.
2. LORD (39:21-23)
The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper. (39:23)
Potiphar threw Joseph into the prison when his wife falsely accused Joseph of attempted rape. This was indeed hard for Joseph to swallow as he did everything right and even fled from the daily seduction of his master’s wife yet he was thrown into prison. However, time and again, God was with Joseph, and even showed him favour as the keeper of the prison saw God was with Joseph, and appointed him to be in charge of all the prisoners!
3. Lift (40:1-23)
Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler. (40:13)
God was with Joseph and gave him the gift of interpretation of dreams and he was able to interpret two prisoners’ dreams - one was Pharaoh’s butler and the other was Pharaoh’s baker. Joseph interpreted the dreams that Pharaoh shall lift up the butler’s head and he shall be freed, while Pharaoh hang the baker. Joseph’s interpretations were spot-on, and the butler was released, while the baker was hanged. Joseph had requested the butler that when he would be released that he would plead with Pharaoh to release Joseph out of the prison, as he was wrongly accused. The butler agreed to his request, and eventually Joseph was freed. God was with Joseph right from the pit, to the prison, and eventually to the palace of Pharaoh! Indeed, whatever we are going through, let us remember that God is with us, and He shall deliver us from all our troubles until the day He calls us home!
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You are with me now and forever!