Handling Temptation by Frank Pollard

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HANDLING TEMPTATION
GENESIS 39: 9
THIS STATEMENT IS TAKEN FROM ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL
STORIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT. IT IS A STORY OF HOW A STRONG
YOUNG PERSON MET TEMPTATION. THE MAIN CHARACTER OF THIS
REAL-LIFE EPISODE IS JOSEPH, SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD SON OF JACOB.
NOW JACOB, WHO LOVED JOSEPH MORE THAN HIS OTHER SONS,
SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN OBVIOUS IN THIS FACT. HE MADE JOSEPH A
MANY COLORED COAT, OF WHICH HIS BROTHERS WERE VERY ENVIOUS.
ONE DAY JACOB SENT THIS YOUNG SON TO SHECHEM TO FIND
THE OTHER SONS WHO WERE TENDING THE SHEEP AND TO COME BACK
AND GIVE A REPORT. AFTER ARRIVING AT SHECHEM, JOSEPH FOUND
THE BOYS HAD TAKEN.THE FLOCK ON NORTH TO DOTHAN. SO HE
MADE THE TWENTY MILE TRIP TO DOTHAN FROM SHECHEM. \A;HEN THE
BROTHERS SAW HIM COMING THEY BEGAN TO PLOT TO KILL HIM, BUT
REUBEN, ONE OF THEM NOT SO BENT ON DOING EVIL, PERSUADED
THEM TO PUT HIM INTO AN EMPTY PIT TO BE LEFT TO DIE.
HOWEVER, REUBEN PLANNED TO COME TO THE PIT AND RELEASE
JOSEPH WHEN THE OTHERS WERE GONE.
THEY AGREED TO THIS AND WERE ABOUT TO CARRY IT OUT
WHEN A GROUP OF ISHMAELITE MERCHANTS CAME BY. THEY
DECIDED TO GET SOME MONEY FOR JOSEPH AS WELL AS BE RID OF
HIM. SO THEY SOLD HIM TO THE ffiCHANTS. THESE MEN TOOK
JOSEPH INTO EGYPT, WHERE HE WAS SOLD TO POTIPHAR, THE
CAPTAIN OF PHARAOH'S GUARD.
JOSEPH APPARENTLY, EVEN AT THAT YOUNG AGE, WAS ONE WHO
MADE THE BEST OF EVERYTHING. HE SOON IMPRESSED POTIPHAR TO
THE EXTENT THAT HE WAS MADE MANAGER OVER ALL THAT POTIPHAR
HAD. HE WAS IN COMPLETE CHARGE OVER ALL THAT WAS IN THE
HOUSE AND IN THE FIELD OF THIS HIGH RANKING EGYPTIAN. IT
SEEMED THAT EVERYTHING WAS WORKING OUT FOR THE GOOD AFTER
ALL. AND THEN IT HAPPENED. POTIPHAR'S WIFE BEGAN TO NOTICE
JOSEPH AND TEMPTED HIM TO SIN WITH HER. SHE PERSISTED IN
THIS TEMPTATION AND STILL JOSEPH WOULD NOT CONDESCEND. HE
WAS SAYING, "HOW THEN CAN I DO THIS GREAT WICKEDNESS AND SIN
AGAINST GOD?" AND ONE DAY WHEN ALL THE HOUSEHOLD STAFF WERE
ABSENT BUT ...


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