4 Ways to Respond Like Potiphar’s Wife
What else would a man in a high-powered position say to the one man who not only saved his kingdom from starvation but made him a wealthy man in doing so?
Duh. Permission granted.
But do all the perks Joseph receives, the “freedom” to travel out of the country to bury his father, the prestige of being almost as powerful as Pharaoh himself repay Joseph for the time he spent in jail for a crime he never even considered committing?
Pharaoh doesn’t seem to spend any time contemplating whether to let Joseph leave the country and go home to bury his father. He just says, “Go.”
Why then, after Joseph is released from prison, interprets Pharaoh’s dreams, and successfully manages Pharaoh’s food supply in bad circumstances for fourteen years, doesn’t he bring retribution to Potiphar’s wife for falsely accusing Joseph?
Based on what we know of Joseph and Pharaoh’s relationship, we can believe that if Joseph were to tell him what she did Pharaoh would believe him. Shouldn’t she be dealt with for destroying a man’s reputation and having him thrown in jail?
If you aren’t familiar with what Potiphar’s wife did to Joseph, you can read it in Genesis 39:7-20. Basically she came on to him repeatedly even though she was married. When she’d had enough of him saying no she claimed he tried to rape her. He went from the top position in the household to prison.
I want to see Potiphar’s wife punished. She deserves it. What she did was wrong on all accounts.
Don’t you agree?
Joseph is guilty of nothing in this situation. I know God works the whole situation out for good, but she still should reap the consequences of her actions! Right?
If Pharaoh can grant Joseph permission to leave with not so much as a blink of his eye, he can have Potiphar’s wife tried and punished. Come on, Pharaoh. Her husband let her get away with this. Don’t you let her get away with this too!
And then a whisper says, “You are just like Potiphar’s wife.”
No. No, Lord. I’ve never chased a man. Never trapped someone alone in a room. Never falsely accused someone of rape.
How often do we respond just like Potiphar’s wife?
No, we probably haven’t had someone jailed on false rape charges, but how do we respond when someone doesn’t do what we want them to do?
1. If someone won’t do something the way we want, we’ll choose
someone else to do what they were called to do out of spite.
2. Someone makes us mad, so we leave them out.
3. We get them in trouble with others. Yes, even adults are tattle-
4. We don’t help them when we see a need simply based on what
they haven’t done.
This list could go on forever. And at the end of it what would I find?
All of the sudden I’m not so quick to want Potiphar’s wife’s blood on my hands. As a matter of fact, there’s a plank in my own eye I need to see a Savior about before I go throwing stones.