Bible Study Notes on Genesis 39 – 20161215

Bible Study Notes

Genesis 39:2  “…he was a successful man…”
Reminds me of Daniel.  Young man, away from home due to forces he couldn’t control, had every reason to doubt God, but chose instead to be true to Him.  God rewarded that faithfulness.  I’ve often wondered why situations in my life weren’t as successful as Joseph’s and Daniel’s.  Can I say that I’ve been as faithful as they?

3  “…his master saw…”
Smart man.  He recognized that something was different about Joseph, and he treated him accordingly.  Wish that sort of wisdom existed today.

5  “…LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake…”
As Proverbs says, when a man is right with God, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.  Joseph was a slave, but he served his master faithfully because he saw it as serving God.

9  “…this great wickedness, and sin against God”
He didn’t speak of the immorality of what she proposed.  He knew that all sin was against God Himself.  To sin is an affront to God regardless of who else it harms.

12  “…he left his garment in her hand, and fled…”
He did the right thing, but still got busted for it.  We look at this and think how unfair.  Sold as a slave and then accused of something he didn’t do.  But God was working to place him at the right location at the right time.  If we ever needed a story to illustrate God’s working in our lives, we need not look any further than that of Joseph.

19  “…his anger was aroused”
One has to wonder about how angry the man really was and about what exactly.  Was he so clueless that he wasn’t aware of his wife’s behavior?  Was he angry because he believed her and thought Joseph had tried to rape her or was he angry that his wife had placed him in a position to have to get rid of Joseph, knowing how well God had blessed him because of Joseph?

20  “…where the king’s prisoners were confined…”
Was a prison, yes, but I don’t know of many prisons where the prisoners are able to run the place.  God was blessing and looking out for Joseph, even in prison, but it appears Potiphar may have placed him in a higher level prison than the lowest dungeon.

23  “…keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority…”
Same thing was said of Potiphar when Joseph was looking after his affairs, so faithful was Joseph.  Another reason I find it difficult to believe Potiphar completely bought his wife’s story about what happened.

23  “…whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper”
We like to pray for God to bless us, and we say God bless America.  But are we doing what we should to the point that God can bless us.  I’m sure God would like to bless us more than He does, but perhaps we are the ones preventing it, not Him.  I pray I learn to be so faithful that this can be said of me.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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