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Framed for righteousness | Genesis 39:11-18

11 Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the people of the household was there inside. 12 So she grabbed him by his garment, saying, “Sleep with me!” But he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside.

13 When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside, 14 she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to make fun of us; he came in to me to sleep with me, and I screamed. 15 When he heard that I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside.”

16 So she left his garment beside her until his master came home. 17 Then she spoke to him with these words: “The Hebrew slave, whom you brought to us, came in to me to make fun of me; 18 but when I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled outside.” 

Genesis 39:11-18 (NASB)

Over the top temptation

Joseph proved to be a righteous young man. God was blessing him and blessing Potiphar, his boss. He is then tempted with some serious temptation and repels it wonderfully. Now the temptation goes over the top. I don’t know of many men who could resist this type of temptation. Not only does she keep asking him for sex daily (v10), now she takes advantage of an empty house to force the issue.

Joseph’s response

How does Joseph respond? Does he give in like most other men would? No. He gets outta Dodge as quickly as possible – even leaving his outer tunic behind. Could he have avoided this by first checking if there was anyone else in the house? Could he have forced her to let go of the tunic? Unanswered questions. But we can assume, based on his character seen yesterday, that he responded well.

God knows us

Men, don’t dwell on the thought but, if you were in this situation, what would you do? Guess what? There’s a reason you haven’t had this kind of temptation. Why? 1 Cor 10:13 tells us: “No temptation has overtaken you except something common to mankind; and God is faithful, so He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” 

Basically, God is in control of the situation. He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. He knows that if I were in Joseph’s situation, I’d probably give in. So he hasn’t allowed it. I was in a somewhat similar one one time but, by God’s grace, refused. Who is faithful? God. Trust Him. And when we are tempted, seek the way of escape that He provides. 

Framed for righteousness

It doesn’t seem fair. Joseph does the right thing to flee temptation and honor God and his master. But Potihpar’s wife frames him. “Yet he did not seem to defend himself against this false accusation, even as Jesus was silent before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7 and Matthew 27:13-14).” (enduringword.com) Yes, right now it seems unfair – and it gets worse yet. But if you know the story, you know God is fully in control using even the evil of others for His good.


  • Are you facing temptation? Don’t give in. Memorize and meditate on 1 Cor 10:13. Repeat this truth whenever you have temptation. Remember that God is faithful – even when we are not. Trust him!
  • Be careful to not overlook sin. It is so easy to get into sinful behavior ruts and just consider them as, “that’s the way I am”. That is a lie. We are children of a holy God who calls us to be holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).
Murder scene body outline – framed. Image from toptenz.net *

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