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January 17 - Morning

"So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, 'Come to bed with me!'

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?'
 And though she spoke
to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed
with her or even be with her.'

- Genesis 39:6-10

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Overcoming Temptation    

Joseph's fear of God and his consciousness of God’s plan for his life empowered Joseph to overcome where others had failed:

  1. Joseph was unsupervised, so no one was watching and no one would know…except God who was the judge of all the earth.
  2. Potiphar completely trusted Joseph, so Joseph could have created and taken advantage of situations …except Joseph responded faithfully to Potiphar’s trust.
  3. Joseph had risen quickly to his position authority which could have made him arrogant and self-indulgent…except Joseph had handled responsibility in his father’s house before and he knew how far and fast a man can fall from his position.
  4. Joseph had a reason to think life owed him something and that he needed to take whatever he could when he could to get ahead since he was a foreigner, in a foreign land, speaking a foreign language because he had been betrayed by his brothers and forced into slavery…except he knew God had a plan and this was not the way the two dreams had ended.
  5. Joseph already had access to everything that Potiphar had, but for this one thing. Eve and Adam found self-justification for taking that one forbidden thing in a situation similar to Joseph’s…except Joseph told himself that he was content with what he had.

Wisdom and self-control prevented Joseph from separating himself from God’s plan. Finally, in the Genesis account we encounter a man who will fear God and live in obedience to God’s ways and wisdom. This man will suffer, but he will always rise and prosper.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained."
- Winston Churchill

Something to Ponder??

Dinesh D'Souza makes these statements and supports them in his bestselling book, "What's So Great About Christianity."

1. Christianity is the main foundation of Western civilization, the root of our most cherished values.

2. The latest discoveries of modern science support the Christian claim that there is a divine being who created the universe.

3. Darwin's theory of evolution, far from undermining the evidence for supernatural design, actually strengthens it.

4. There is nothing in science that makes miracles impossible.

5. It is reasonable to have faith.

6. Atheism, not religion, is responsible for the mass murders of history.

7. Atheism is motivated not be reason but by a kind of cowardly moral escapism.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Talah (Hb) - To Hang (Eng) - talah is the Hebrew word that means “to hang,” "to hang up,” and, it is used to refer to death by hanging. Talah comes from the Hebrew root word that means “to let dangle.” Talah is used 28 x, most often in Esther (9x), where talah speaks of Haman’s intentions and death. In Genesis 40:19-22 it is used to refer to Pharaoh’s execution of his chief baker. But, in Isaiah talah is used figuratively to describe something that can be trusted and depended upon when it refers to the glory that will be bestowed on Eliakim:

“All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots—
all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.” – Isaiah 20:24

  In Jeremiah 38:1 two royal servants of Zedekiah are mentioned: 
1-Gedaliah son of Pashhur 
2-Jehucal son of Shelemiah
Two clay bullae (clay used to seal a scroll and pressed with the image from a personal seal) were found in and near the royal palace in Jerusalem. They had been glazed in Jerusalem’s fire of 586 with these men's names and their father's name written in ancient Hebrew exactly as recorded in Jeremiah 38:1. They were found in 2005 and 2008. (Details here and here. See image here.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I do what is right when left alone?
Am I faithful with my responsibility, or am I self-indulgent?
I will be content with what God has given me and use my potential and opportunities righteously.

  "Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full
of feasting, with strife."
- Proverbs 17:1
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Genesis 19 Job 9 Genesis 16-17
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Efficient at work Obedience Government Spending Vulnerable democratic institutions
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
A Roman game board cut into the stone pavement of the Cardo.
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Genesis 13:1, Abram returns from Egypt.
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