Joseph and Temptations

Joseph was the son of Jacob and Rachel. Rachel was barren. Joseph was born to the two of them when Jacob was old. That is why Jacob loved Joseph dearly. The very reason why his elder brothers detested him. One day, when Joseph enquired about the welfare of his brothers who had gone with the herd for grazing, they seized the opportunity and put him in a dried-up well. From there, they sold him for twenty silver coins to Midianites who sold him to Egyptians. Potiphar, the captain of the Pharaoh’s guards bought him and made him his slave. Later, Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.

The young boy who was rescued from the dried-up well was moving towards more dangerous territory. Joseph was not only handsome but extremely well-built as well. Potiphar’s wife noticed him and was attracted to him. Joseph ran away when she tried to seduce him to her bed. The evil woman accused Jospeh wrongly of having tried to molest her. Joseph was put into prison. During those times, the punishment for such an act was death. But Joseph did not end up with the punishment. There can be only two reasons for it; either Potiphar had faith that Joseph would never do such a thing or The Lord made Potiphar have mercy upon Joseph. The reply that Joseph gave to Potiphar’s wife when she seduced him is something that everyone should pay attention to. Genesis 39:8-9, But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”

We all know that Joseph had come to the household of Potiphar as a slave. He was only seventeen years old at that time. He had no parents, his brothers had betrayed him, and he was clueless about his future. Had he given in to the temptations of Potiphar’s wife he would gain a lot in terms of wealth and position. At the same time, he would destroy his soul at the hands of the mistress. Joseph saved the reputation of his mistress and also saved himself from tarnishing his soul by running away from there. This was the olden times.

Due to the Pandemic, the schools were closed. Education was imparted through the digital medium. Students had to conduct a lot of research. As the result, they got caught in the web of the internet. They saw and heard things that were inappropriate and that they should not have watched. Students used the internet in the name of doing research. In one of the reputed schools, a grade eight student happened to watch porn films and encouraged his classmates and friends to do the same. Just think through just one student how many students got caught in the bad habit and spoiled their souls in the process. Will the young generation pause today and think, If it were me in place of Joseph, will I step away from the temptation as it would hurt my Lord, or give in to the temptation leading to self-destruction and destroy others also in the wake??? Committing a sin and encouraging someone to commit a sin, both are punishable by the Lord.

Dear Parents, today we are overloaded with healthy drinks and other healthy food options for our children. But how much importance do we give to the spiritual growth and strength of our children? Do you pay attention to how much time your child sits in front of the gadgets using the net? Do you know what they are watching?? Are you aware of the kind of friends they keep?? Children are curious by nature, hence they have the tendency to revisit things/scenes which they might come upon accidentally. Protect naive and innocent minds from getting polluted. The youth of today will be the guardian and creators of the family and society of tomorrow. We should pray that they do not fall into the hands of the enemy. If we lose wealth we can work hard and gain it again. But if we lose our children how will we gain them back??? Can you gain them back with money power?? It is the responsibility of parents to guide their children to lead a life on the path shown by the Lord. Else they shall fall to the punishment from the Lord. 1 Samuel 3:13-14, 13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”

Till that incident, we do not read about God’s intervention in the life of Joseph. Was there no God? Did God step away? No matter what Joseph was a God-fearing young boy. Even though he had to face tribulation at the start we read that the end of his life was blessed and fruitful.

David killed the giant Goliath believing in the name of Yahweh. His faith was not in his own strength or weapons. His faith was in his Lord. This David fell into the traps of temptations and committed sins. Understanding the gravity of his sins through the prophet Nathan, David repented for his sins from the bottom of his heart. The Lord forgave him. Psalm 51 is his song for forgiveness to the Lord ( A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.). Just like Joseph’s mistress, David too fell into sin seeing the beauty of Bathsheba. The Lord of temptations, Satan will keep on presenting and luring us with temptation all our life. The decision to escape from it or keep it on our mind and fall prey to it is our decision. If our weak earthly bodies face defeat, we should look upon the feet of the Lord and seek His forgiveness. He will definitely forgive us our sins. Luke 7:44-48, 44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

Psalm 51: 2-6, Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Try to save yourself from sin, and if you do sin repent like David did.

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