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Published On: Tue, Mar 5th, 2013

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.  Proverb 8:13 (KJV)

Potiphar’s house blossomed under Joseph’s able care and loyal management, for God was with Joseph and blessed with success everything he did. In his position as supervisor of the house, Joseph could not help coming in contact with the mistress of the house and her friends. They were greatly attracted by his unusual beauty and charm.

One day, on the Feast of the Rising Nile, Joseph remained alone in the house, while the entire household turned out to attend services at the Egyptian temples. Zelicha, Potiphar’s wife, also had stayed home, for she knew that Joseph would be home, since he never attended Egyptian worship. She hoped that she would have a whole day to spend in Joseph’s company. But she did not know Joseph. All her promises could not tempt him to stay with her. Joseph saw his aged father before his eyes, and he could not betray the faith his father had in him. Potiphar’s wife was so wicked a woman that Joseph, indignant at her conduct, escaped at last from the house of his master, leaving his cloak behind him in his hasty flight.

  • Joseph let his faith be known. Potiphar (and others, presumably) knew Joseph was blessed because of his relationship with God (Genesis 39:3). Joseph had to have said something about his relationship with God for this to be the case.
  • Joseph called the act what it was sin. He referred to this sin set before him as this great wickedness and sin against God.
  • Joseph knew how greatly his sin would affect others. Often times we want to deny the harmful effects our sin will have. When we look at a charred mountainside, and all there is left is ashes and ruin, we despise the careless person who started the fire. Sin is no less destructive. Joseph never gave in to the illusion that he could do this and never be discovered, or somehow it wouldn’t matter.
  • Joseph knew that his sin was a sin against God. One might justify sinning against another person who has done us wrong, but how can we sin against God? David reflects this same heart in his prayer of repentance: Against You and You only have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight (Psalm 51:4). Of course, David had also sinned against Uriah, against Bathsheba, against their child, against his family, and against his people; but those were of far less consequence than his sin against God.
  • How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? Obedience is much easier when we know who God is. “When I regarded God as a tyrant, I thought sin a trifle; but when I knew him to be my father, then I mourned that I could ever have kicked against him. When I thought that God was hard, I found it easy to sin; but when I found God so kind, so good, so overflowing with compassion, I smote upon my breast to think that I could ever have rebelled against one who loved me so, and sought my good.”

Joseph succeeded because of the blessing of God:

  • The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man (Genesis 39:2)
  • His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand (Genesis 39:3)
  • The LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had (Genesis 39:5)

Even after Joseph is falsely accused and thrown into prison, God still blesses:

  • But the LORD was with Joseph (Genesis 39:21)
  • The LORD was with him (Genesis 39:23)

 But finally King Pharaoh appointed Joseph to be the governor of Egypt, second only to the king. Yes Fear of the Lord is riches.

Abad of Jesus Christ,

Stulo Robinson.S.

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