“That’s Not Fair!”
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. ….”
Her eyes lit up as Joseph entered the spacious Egyptian home. Taking extreme caution that all servants were dismissed, Potiphar’s unfaithful wife sauntered towards Joseph with seduction in every step. Her eyelashes fluttered and as her lips parted she smiled with daring confidence. Her gown revealed her well-formed breasts and she had taken care for Joseph’s eyes to rest there. Tracing her fingers up his muscled torso she whispered in tormenting sweetness, “Lie with me, Joseph.”
Lovely, yet deceitful, Potiphar’s spouse daily increased her subtle advances. Being well aware of her motives Joseph had guarded himself from ever being alone with her. But now, as her perfume tantalized his senses, he knew he had to act quickly. If he lingered he would be swept away with unbridled passion. To sin against the God of his life would blight his conscience forever. There was only one thing left to do—run! And run he did. Was he praised or honored for his virtue? Did anyone stand by and say, “Now there’s a man of integrity!”? Was he promoted? Was evil exposed? Did the truth ever come out?
The words flung harshly from Potiphar’s fuming mouth. “Blasphemous… an outrage … How could you violate my wife? I trusted you!” The unthinkable happened as Potiphar condemned his faithful servant and hurled him into the king’s prison house. In horror we cry—“Not fair!”
But God saw. He was there.
And God had a plan.
While the army left to combat the king’s enemies, David tarried in Jerusalem. “I’m tired of fighting the Lord’s battles. What’s the harm? I deserve a break…a reward. War is hard.” Deceived by lust, he cast his gaze on a bathing beauty upon a rooftop. David knew he had the power to take her into his bedchamber. There would be no questions asked—no resistance given—David was king. David, the man after God’s own heart, the sweet psalmist of Israel, had tripped and fallen prey to Satan’s scheme. Being blinded by pride, God’s man covered his treachery, ruthlessly arranged the death of an honorable soldier, and took his lovely bride to be his own.
God saw. He was there.
But God still had a plan.
“But the thing David had done displeased the LORD.”
II Samuel 11:27
Will justice prevail? Will Joseph remain a victim of the evil around him? To be continued next week. Don’t miss the stunning conclusion!