A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, October 24, 2013
“She [Potiphar’s wife] caught him [Joseph] by his garment, saying, ‘Lie with me.’ But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.” – Genesis 39:12
For those of you unfamiliar with this story, let me set the scene. Joseph was, at this point, still a slave in Egypt. Potiphar, who was Joseph’s master, extended great favor to Joseph because he saw that God was with this young slave (Genesis 39:3). Potiphar was a very high-ranking Egyptian official, and was leaving for a trip, entrusting everything he had to Joseph to look after while he was away.
Potiphar’s wife was very interested in sleeping with Joseph, and we come into the story at the point where Joseph rejected her advances. He didn’t stick around to see what was going to happen next, he fled. The Hebrew word for “fled” as used in this verse is nuwc’(pr. noos) which means “to flit, escape, put to flight, lift up a standard” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance).
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “flit” as “to pass quickly or abruptly from one place or condition to another; and further defines “escape” as “to issue from confinement.” Temptation leads to sin, and sin will leave you in a much worse condition that it found you. Sin will confine and imprison you.
Notice that Joseph didn’t try to reason with Potiphar’s wife, who was hell bent (and hell-bound apparently) on one thing only: to put Joseph in prison which certainly would diminish his condition. When temptation comes knocking on your door, do you play with it, my brother? When sin shows up on the stoop, do you have a conversation with it, my sister?
When we try to rationalize a justification for falling into temptation then we have just lost. When temptation shows up in any form: physically, mentally, emotionally, through the television, movies, radio, electronic devices, books, magazines, et cetera, you don’t play with or try to engage it; you run like hell (actually, a bit faster) because you are running from hell!
The previous verse tells us that Potiphar’s wife waited until all of the hired help had left. Isn’t that just like that dirty, rotten, devil? He wants to make sure that there is no one around, so he has you all to himself to begin to work you over.
I wondered why the Bible does not tell us Potiphar’s wife’s name. I searched for it to make sure that I didn’t miss it. I sense, in my spirit, that God purposely omitted her name because He didn’t want to humanize temptation. Temptation originates from Satan, and not people. Although the devil works though people to take down (and tempt) other people, he is ultimately the author of temptation. I believe that God didn’t want to give temptation a name or a face; because this enticement is anything that attempts to lure us away from God, or defile our relationship with our Holy Father.
Two of the meanings of “fled” that we read are “escape” and “lift up a standard.” God promises in His Word that “no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Our Father also assures us that “so shall they fear The Name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19).
The next time temptation sneaks in and taps you on the shoulder; instead of looking at it, search for that sure way of escape which your protective Father promised He would provide for you. And if it seems like temptation is all around you, call on your Daddy to drop you a line and airlift you up on His standard of Righteousness.
Father, thank You that You will not allow any temptation to overcome us. Help us to focus on finding Your way of escape in our time of need. Embolden us, through Your Holy Spirit, to rebuke the tempter with your Righteous Standard. Help us to call on You quickly and timely when we need to run from temptation. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are no longer easy pickens’ for the devil, because we are more than conquerors through Him in Whose Name we pray. Amen and Amen!
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to run away every time temptation comes around you. Choose to not engage with the temptation, which will only put you in a worsened condition; but rather swiftly escape to the arms of the Father without looking back. And continue to fight the good fight of always looking for that way of escape; for God, your Divine Escape Hatch, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.