by Dave Gustavsen

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Series: Off the Map - The Life of Joseph
Dave Gustavsen
Genesis 39

Good morning. Welcome to week #2 of Common Ground. And I need to apologize to you. Normally, when the subject of the sermon is kind of adult in nature, we put a little parental warning in the bulletin-just in case you don't want to bring young kids in with you. I forgot to do that. So just to let you know, the passage we're going to be looking at today is Genesis 39, where Joseph is faced with sexual temptation. If you have kids with you that you think are too young to hear that kind of thing, feel free to bring them out. And this could be a great opportunity to check out our Chapel Kids ministry, where they will not be talking about sexual temptation today-they'll be dealing with temptation on a much more kid-appropriate level.

So-we're taking six weeks to look at the life of Joseph. Quick review of last week: Joseph was the favorite son of his father Jacob. He had eleven brothers. And eventually his brothers started to resent him and even hate him because of dad's favoritism, and he just seemed like a spoiled brat. And the last straw was when Joseph told his brothers about these two strange dreams he had, where Joseph was the ruler and all his family members were bowing down to him. So Joseph's brothers picked their moment, and they attacked Joseph and threw him in a pit, and they eventually sold him to slave traders who were headed toward Egypt. So the dreams that Joseph had for his life seemed completely ruined. And that's where we left off last week.

So today we're in Genesis 39. And I'm going to divide this into four scenes: The Setting, The Temptation, the Resistance, and The Results. The Setting, the Temptation, the Resistance, and the Results.

So let's start with The Setting. Genesis 39, verse 1: 1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishm ...

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