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JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL

JESUS OFFERS UP WATER TO THE WOMAN THAT HE HAD NO ROPE ARE BUCKET TO OBTAIN IT.  HOW WAS HE GOING TO GET THIS WATER?  (John 4:7-15 (MSG)

Let us understand the great offer that is set before this Samaritan woman.  If we were a businessperson, in the market to purchase a brand new automobile and this master salesperson was standing before us making us the greatest offer of a lifetime.  Offering to give us this brand new automobile FREE if only we would except His offer of what is not seem but guaranteeing that it would run for a life time and never need go stop at a gas station to be refilled, would you be willing to take Him up on it?  This is the type of offer, that Jesus was making to this Samaritan woman.

We as human beings require water daily because sooner or later we will become thirsty.  Jesus was offering water from Jacob’s well to satisfy the woman’s thirst, but only temporarily.  All type of drinks in this world will never satisfy our thirst.  As a matter of fact, some of them create even more thirst.  The human needs for love, food, sex, security, and approval, even when met, do not give complete satisfaction.  Attempts to find full satisfaction will lead only to disappointment and despair.  But the water Jesus offers takes away thirst altogether.  Jesus’ water continually satisfies the desire for God’s presence because it becomes a perpetual spring within us, giving us eternal life.  The lift that Jesus gives this perpetual spring, suggests the availability, accessibility, and abundance of the divine life for believers.

Now here is this Samaritan’s woman story as she challenges Jesus on how He is going to give her something that she cannot see. This is how Jesus humbly deals with the woman.   “A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)

Two facts are unusual about this woman’s action. (1). the woman could have gone to a closer well.  (We have discovered that Scholars have identified wells that were much closer to Sychar);  (2) women generally drew water later in the day, when the temperature was cooler.  This woman, whose reputation seems to have been well known in the small town probably chose the well farther away from home and came to that well at an unusual hour in order to avoid contact with other women.  It was also highly unusual for a man to address a woman, but Jesus said, “Please give me a drink.”

The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days would not be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)  It was known that a Jewish male would not even speak to a Samaritan woman.  This woman in particular had a bad reputation and this was a public place.  To make matters worse, a Jew would not even be caught, drinking from a Samarian’s cup.  The Jewish ceremonial laws described not only certain people as ceremonially unclean, but also anything they touched.  In strict religious terms, many Jews of Jesus time considered the Samaritans permanently unclean.

Now listen to how Jesus addressed the issue, “Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”  This woman was very ignorant of the gift God had for her, the gift of life, represented by living water, and she did not know the giver, Jesus the Messiah.  Jesus makes an extraordinary offer to this woman, living water that would quench her thirst forever.

The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”

Jesus’ remark concerning “living water” produced several practical questions in the mind of the Samaritan woman.  Like Nicodemus, she did not immediately sense the depth of Jesus’ words.  Obviously, if this living water was at the bottom of the well, Jesus was in no position to offer it because he had no rope or bucket for drawing it.  She began to wonder if Jesus had access to some source of water other than Jacob’s well.  She asked if he thought he was greater than their ancestor Jacob and could somehow offer better water.  Perhaps the woman sensed in Jesus words a probable dishonoring of the well provided by their great ancestor.  On the other hand, perhaps the woman was beginning to have some inkling of who Jesus was claiming to be.  He certainly accepted her in a way that must have challenged her thinking.

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”

The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”  This woman’s response reveals that she took Jesus’ words literally.  The woman must have been thrilled to think that this man could give her water that really quenches thirst and would not have to be drawn from a sell.  Obtaining water was hard work, requiring trips to the well twice a day and carrying heavy jars full of water home.  If she had some of that water, she would never be thirsty again and wouldn’t have to haul water every day.

This concludes the first part of this woman’s story, we will pick this back up in part two when Jesus tells the woman these words, He said, “Go call your husband and then come back.”

May God continue to bless each one of you. Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

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JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL (PART ONE)

JESUS OFFERS UP WATER TO THE WOMAN THAT HE HAD NO ROPE ARE BUCKET TO OBTAIN IT.  HOW WAS HE GOING TO GET THIS WATER?  (John 4:7-15 (MSG)

JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Let us understand the great offer that is set before this Samaritan woman.  If we were a businessperson, in the market to purchase a brand new automobile and this master salesperson was standing before us making us the greatest offer of a lifetime.  Offering to give us this brand new automobile FREE if only we would except His offer of what is not seem but guaranteeing that it would run for a life time and never need to stop at a gas station to be refilled, would you be willing to take Him up on it?  This is the type of offer, that Jesus was making to this Samaritan woman.

JACOB'S WELL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

JACOB’S WELL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

We as human beings require water daily because sooner or later we will become thirsty.  Jesus was offering water from Jacob’s well to satisfy the woman’s thirst, but only temporarily.  All type of drinks in this world will never satisfy our thirst.  As a matter of fact, some of them create even more thirst.  The human needs for love, food, sex, security, and approval, even when met, do not give complete satisfaction.  Attempts to find full satisfaction will lead only to disappointment and despair.  But the water Jesus offers takes away thirst altogether.  Jesus’ water continually satisfies the desire for God’s presence because it becomes a perpetual spring within us, giving us eternal life.  The fift that Jesus gives this perpetual spring, suggests the availability, accessibility, and abundance of the divine life for believers.

Now here is this Samaritan’s woman story as she challenges Jesus on how He is going to give her something that she cannot see. This is how Jesus humbly deals with the woman.   “7-8A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)

Two facts are unusual about this woman’s action. (1). the woman could have gone to a closer well.  (We have discovered that Scholars have identified wells that were much closer to Sychar);  (2) women generally drew water later in the day, when the temperature was cooler.  This woman, whose reputation seems to have been well known in the small town probably chose the well farther away from home and came to that well at an unusual hour in order to avoid contact with other women.  It was also highly unusual for a man to address a woman, but Jesus said, “Please give me a drink.”

9The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a

Guercino - Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at th...

Guercino – Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well – WGA10946 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

drink?” (Jews in those days would not be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)  It was known that a Jewish male would not even speak to a Samaritan woman.  This woman in particular had a bad reputation and this was a public place.  To make matters worse, a Jew would not even be caught, drinking from a Samarian’s cup.  The Jewish ceremonial laws described not only certain people as ceremonially unclean, but also anything they touched.  In strict religious terms, many Jews of Jesus time considered the Samaritans permanently unclean.

Now listen to how Jesus addressed the issue, “10Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”  This woman was very ignorant of the gift God had for her, the gift of life, represented by living water, and she did not know the giver, Jesus the Messiah.  Jesus makes an extraordinary offer to this woman, living water that would quench her thirst forever.

11-12The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”

The Water of Life Discourse between Jesus and ...

The Water of Life Discourse between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, by Giacomo Franceschini, 17-18th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus’ remark concerning “living water” produced several practical questions in the mind of the Samaritan woman.  Like Nicodemus, she did not immediately sense the depth of Jesus’ words.  Obviously, if this living water was at the bottom of the well, Jesus was in no position to offer it because he had no rope or bucket for drawing it.  She began to wonder if Jesus had access to some source of water other than Jacob’s well.  She asked if he thought he was greater than their ancestor Jacob and could somehow offer better water.  Perhaps the woman sensed in Jesus words a probable dishonoring of the well provided by their great ancestor.  On the other hand, perhaps the woman was beginning to have some inkling of who Jesus was claiming to be.  He certainly accepted her in a way that must have challenged her thinking.

13-14Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”

15The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”  This woman’s response reveals that she took Jesus’ words literally.  The woman must have been thrilled to think that this man could give her water that really quenches thirst and would not have to be drawn from a sell.  Obtaining water was hard work, requiring trips to the well twice a day and carrying heavy jars full of water home.  If she had some of that water, she would never be thirsty again and wouldn’t have to haul water every day.

This concludes the first part of this woman’s story, we will pick this back up in part two when Jesus tells the woman these words, 16He said, “Go call your husband and then come back.”

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking.  Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart.  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life. May the grace of God abide in you now and forever, in Jesus name,  Amen.   

you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

CLIMB GOD’S MOUNTAIN AND LIVE IN HIS LIGHT

CLIMB GOD’S MOUNTAIN AND LIVE IN HIS LIGHT

CLIMBING GOD’S MOUNTAIN-SAUTEE, GA. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

There’s a day coming
when the mountain of God’s House
Will be The Mountain—
solid, towering over all mountains.
All nations will river toward it,
people from all over set out for it.
They’ll say, “Come,
let’s climb God’s Mountain,
go to the House of the God of Jacob.
He’ll show us the way he works
so we can live the way we’re made.”
Zion’s the source of the revelation.
God’s Message comes from Jerusalem.
He’ll settle things fairly between nations.
He’ll make things right between many peoples.
They’ll turn their swords into shovels,
their spears into hoes.
No more will nation fight nation;
they won’t play war anymore.
Come, family of Jacob,
let’s live in the light of God.

Isaiah 2:1-5 MSG

LIVING IN THE LIGHT OF GOD (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

MEETING A STRANGER THAT IS THRISTY WOULD YOU OFFER THEM A DRINK OF WATER?

MEETING A STRANGER THAT IS THRISTY WOULD YOU OFFER THEM A DRINK OF WATER?

Jacob‘s Well (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The physical water we drink is such a precious commodity that in some parts of the world fresh clean drinking water is very difficult to obtain.  But the question here is not how difficult it is to obtain, but whether or not after MEETING A STRANGER THAT IS THRISTY WOULD YOU OFFER THEM A DRINK OF WATER?  I put this question to a number of people random selected just to get an honest respond, and here is what most of them told me.  “In the climate of robbery, murder and hate that now prevails over us, most of them said they would not speak to a stranger, stop for a stranger on the street, open their doors to a stranger even if they thought that the stranger was about to die.”  This truly tells us a lot about how we as a society feel about our brothers and sisters that are in need of something as simple as a drink of water.

When we as Christians get caught up in the world and come to believe that because the world is evil and filled with many evil doers we now have to separate ourselves from the physical and spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters, we have now begin to live as the world lives.  This is not the way Jesus wants us to respond to our brothers and sisters.  Here is what he tells us to do, he says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  (Romans 12:2 ESV)

The Samaritan woman that met Jesus at the well found herself in this position, when a stranger asked her for a drink of water.  Here is how she responded to that stranger, the bible says, “A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)

The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?”  The Samaritan woman was very surprised—first, that a Jew would even speak to a Samaritan; second, that a Jewish male would speak to a Samaritan woman (she also had a bad reputation and this was a public place); third, that a Jew would drink from a Samaritan’s cup.  The Jewish ceremonial laws described not only certain people as ceremonially unclean, but also anything they touched.  In strict religious terms, many Jews of Jesus’ time considered the Samaritans to be permanently unclean.

However, Jesus answered her and said, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”

The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”  (John 4:7-15 ESV)

Let us know this fact, that is, not everyone that may ask you for a drink of water, is not there to rob you of your earthly goods, or even to take your life.  It is possible that the person that asks you for a drink of water might be really thirsty or in a spiritual need of a blessing.

We know that we as a people need water daily, because we soon become thirsty again and again.  The water from Jacob’s well would indeed satisfy the woman’s thirst, but only temporarily.  So also are all the other “drinks” of life—they never really satisfy or quench or thirst.  Some of them even create more thirst.

The human needs for love, food, sex, security, and approval, even when met, do not give complete satisfaction.  Attempts to find full satisfaction will lead only to disappointment and despair.  But the water Jesus offers takes away thirst altogether.  Jesus’ “water” continually satisfies the desire for God’s presence because it becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life.  The gift that Jesus gives—this perpetual spring—suggests the availability, accessibility, and abundance of the divine life for all believers.  Now watch this short video clip and discover who the woman at the well really is.

Therefore, I say to you, in all that we do day in and day out, let us learn to live the life worthy of Jesus, willing to help our brothers and sisters by giving them not only a drink of physical water but also offering them the spiritual water of eternal life and doing so not out of fear, but giving out of love.  God is love, we are love, in God, and he created us out of love and taught us that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.  I have ministered this message to you this day out of my love for each one of you and in hope that you will in term do the same for all the people that come into your presents this day.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD ALWAYS HAS YOUR BACK?

Joseph made ruler in Egypt

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“AND THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH.”  (Genesis 39:1-4 AMP)

AND JOSEPH was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain and chief executioner of the [royal] guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there.

But the Lord was with Joseph, and he [though a slave] was a successful and prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to flourish and succeed in his hand.

So Joseph pleased [Potiphar] and found favor in his sight, and he served him. And [his master] made him supervisor over his house and he put all that he had in his charge.

In light of what scripture tells us concerning Joseph and his plight in life, do you believe that God has your back in the same way that he had Joseph’s back?  If you do are do not, let us pause our thinking for a moment and study this story as it unfolded in Joseph life and then think deeply on your own situation and this question once again.

This story is about Joseph, the youngest son of Jacob.  It also could be about anyone of us if we were put into the same situation.  But the one thing that we all must keep in mind and that is that God has made each one of us stewards over his vast resources, and how we manage these resources is a test of our ability to survive the trials and tribulations that we will face.  Never give up and never give in, be a Joseph and always hold onto God’s unchanging hands, and you truly will win, because God always has our backs, even when we don’t deserve it and don’t even realize it.  The Bible assures us that God will never leave us are forsake us.  He is there to carry us on to victory.

However, the difference between Joseph life and a lot of our lives is that this young man had grown up in a very wealthy family that boasted servants, large flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, camels you name it.  They had lots of money and their share of misery.  Why?  Because Jacob, the father and supposed spiritual leader of this family, favored his son Joseph above all of his other children, And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.  Joseph’s brothers knew who would get the bulk of the family inheritance; Jacob made no bones about his intentions.  So to guarantee a more equitable distribution of the estate, the other boys, following their parental role models, sold their little brother into slavery.

But Joseph landed on his feet.  Because God was with Joseph and because he worked diligently, he was able to affect a relatively comfortable lifestyle within Potiphar’s house.  Although he was still a slave in Egypt, he made the most of his circumstances.  Joseph’s comfortable situation, however, was short-lived.  Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him, but Joseph, as a genuine man of integrity, would have none of it.  His boss had trusted him; he wouldn’t violate that trust.  More importantly, however, Joseph refused to sin against God.  The accusation of attempted rape stuck, and Joseph was thrown into prison.  And the amazing affirmation made in verse 2 is repeated – “The Lord was with him.”

This statement leaves readers scratching their heads at the irony.  From son to slave from slave to convict, and yet “the Lord was with” Joseph?  We might have expected this statement to apply to the good times in Joseph’s life, but the Bible states the truth even when that truth appears illogical.  How many people do you know that have faced similar situations?  Remember, God can use anyone of us at any time.  All he asks is for us to be obedient to his word.

Soon the warden, realizing Joseph’s potential, placed the young man in a position of authority over the whole prison.  Still, his was not an enviable position.  Perhaps the warden appreciated Joseph so much that he gave him an extra mattress for his cot or allotted an unlimited supply of rat poison.  But in spite of the injustices and the terrible disappointments, Joseph still served God with integrityJoseph was a great man and an obedient servant to God.  I encourage you to take the time and study Genesis Chapter 40 and you will come to the conclusion of just how great an individual Joseph really was.

The next phase of Joseph’s life reinforces the statement that God was with him.  After having been recognized by Pharaoh himself, Joseph was promoted to the position of prime minister of Egypt.  He literally became one of the most powerful men on earth, ruling Egypt at a time when Egypt ruled the world.  Finally the long suffering, faithful servant received his due.

Conjecture what the Bible has to say at this point.  Surprisingly, the now familiar declaration, “And the Lord was with Joseph.”  From slave to prisoner, “The Lord was with Joseph.”  From prisoner to prime minister-nothing!

What’s going on?  Could it be that we need the reminder during the hard times but that during the good times God’s presence appears self-evident?    Is it possible that God is more active in our lives when we are hurting and need his presence?  Could it be that in God’s hierarchy the good times are only the good time, but the bad times are the best times?  That’s the assertion of James 1.

Look at it this way.  In order to succeed as Egypt’s prime minister, Joseph would have needed some intensive training.  He received that training both as Potiphar’s slave and as the prison warden’s right hand man.  These hard circumstances forged steel into Joseph’s soul.  No one, by choice, would have endured either of those experiences.  But without them Joseph would not have been ready for the great task God had reserved for him.  The phrase, “The Lord was with Joseph” indicates that, when life made absolutely no sense to Joseph, it made complete sense to God.

When does God have our backs?  Always.  When do we need to know that?  Always.  But like Joseph, we need to feel God’s presence most when circumstances hide him from view.  When it seems as though someone has sold you into slavery or thrown you into prison, take a tip from Moses.  Remember when “The Lord was with Joseph.”  And why.

Now I encourage you to think deeply on this message, and be wise as a serpent and allow God to use you as he pleases.  Your destination in this life has already been determined by God’s permissive will.  Are you a Joseph, doing God’s will?  I minister to you today from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING (HIS CHOSEN)

Photo of the Book of Isaiah page of the Bible

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TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING (HIS CHOSEN)

Isaiah 43:5-7 (MSG)

5-7“So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.
I’ll round up all your scattered children,
pull them in from east and west.
I’ll send orders north and south:
‘Send them back.
Return my sons from distant lands,
my daughters from faraway places.
I want them back, every last one who bears my name,
every man, woman, and child
Whom I created for my glory,
yes, personally formed and made each one.'”

Isaiah 43:15 (KJV)

15I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.

Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)

18Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:21 (KJV)

21This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

Isaiah 44:3-6 (KJV)

3For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

4And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.

5One shall say, I am the LORD’s; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel.

6Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

 

THE SEX TRAP IN CHRISTIANITY

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife - Giovanni Francesc...

Image via Wikipedia JOSEPH AND POTIPHAR WIFE

THE SEX TRAP IN CHRISTIANITY  

How Joseph Escapes The Sex Trap

Throughout the history of mankind, Satan has used beautiful women and handsome men to do his handy work.  No one is immune from Satan’s dirty tricks.  If you let down your defenses and become weak in any way, you have just opened the door for Satan to walk in.   Being a Christian makes you his number one prospect.  He is an enemy of God and he hates it when he loses you to God.  Satan wants you to always remain in his Kingdom, so he can use you against God’s people.

Now let us look at the story of Joseph who was a honorable man.  He was handsome in form and appearance.  He was the 11th son of Jacob and his 10 older brothers hated him because he was their father’s favorite son.  Joseph was very different from his brothers.  He was quiet and thoughtful, well behaved and polite.  His brothers were rough and ill-mannered often disobedient and careless in the duties of worship.  Joseph was a dreamer and he was unwise enough to tell his brothers of his dreams, and that made them very angry.

It was only natural that a boy with a quick mind and a lively imagination should ream of glorious days to come in the future, but his   brothers could not understand his dreams and hopes.

There were two dreams in particular which added to the envy and hatred of Joseph’s brothers.  In the first he dreamed that he and his brothers were binding sheaves of wheat in the field and that his sheaf suddenly stood upright, while the sheaves of his brothers bowed before it.  In the other dream he saw the sun, moon and eleven stars also bowed before him.

His brothers thought that Joseph was telling them these dreams because he expected some day to rule over them.  They disliked him very much for having such hopes and for even suggesting that he might become the head of his father’s household.

They dislike Joseph so much that they began to plot among themselves what they might do to dispose of him.  One of the brothers suggested that they slay him and put his body into an open well in the field then they could tell Jacob  that he had been killed and eaten by a wild animal.

The envy of these wicked brothers had grown into such bitter hatred that they now did not stop even at the thought of murder.  Because they knew that their brother was better than they were, they were willing to commit the awful crime of murder in order to keep him from the honors which they were certain would come to him.

God was not about t allow them to murder Joseph, so he sent a caravan of Ish’ma-el-ites into their present.  These people were slave traders and were on their way to Egypt.  An older brother named Judah suggested that instead of leaving Joseph in the it to die they might sell him to these slave traders and they would be rid of him for good.  The Ish’ma-el-ites took Joseph into Egypt where they sold him to a man named Pot’I-phar as a household servant. (Gen. 37:1-3).  Potiphar was a high officer in the army of Pharaoh.  Even though he was still a slave, Joseph did not give up hope that some day his dreams would come true.

Through his ups and downs, Joseph always trusted God, and God made sure that Joseph would always come through the most difficult circumstances.  Joseph was pleasant and cheerful by nature and blessed with a quick mind and upright heart.  He did his work so well in the house of Potiphar that he soon won the complete trust of his master and was rapidly promoted to positions of greater honor.  At length, Potiphar made Joseph his chief steward giving him charge of his entire household.  Though Potiphar did not worship the God of Joseph, he was greatly impressed by the good character and true faith of his servant.

Honoring God he was now being honored by the Lord he worshipped, having served faithfully over a few things he was now made the ruler over many; having learned to manage Potiphar’s house, he was now being prepared to rule over all the land of Egypt.

But Satan says, “wait just a minute Joseph, you are moving too fast.  You are honoring God and not me.  I got something better for you.”  So he presents Potiphar’s wife to Joseph.  She was immediately attracted by his magnetic personality and manliness and sought to lure him into a friendship.  Joseph wished to maintain the integrity of his character and good opinion of his master, and was careful not to do anything to violate the trust imposed in him.  But once a woman sets her sights on you, and she determines that you are truly what she wants, she will stop at nothing until she has you totally hooked on her.  Listen to her pleads.  “Joseph come and lie with me.”  But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look my master does not know what is with me in the house and he has committed all that he has to my hand.  There is no greater in this house than I nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife.  How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”

So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her (Gen.39:8-10).

Now here’s a woman that has been scorned totally rejected by the man of her heart, and when you reject a woman like this one, be prepared to pay a very high price.  And there are many innocent men in prison today for the crime of rejecting a heart broken woman.

However, this woman was not through with Joseph yet.  Only Joseph does not know what is in store for him.  The next time Joseph is in the house alone, she comes in to him and once again pleads with Joseph to lie with her.  When Joseph refused this beautiful woman rips her dress open and then begins to scream to the top of her voice.  Rape, rape, this man has tried to rape me.  She grabs Joseph’s garment as he flees outside into the court yard with nothing on.  Now Satan has really pulled off the big one.  He has God man just where he wants him with no way out.  Joseph seems to have been caught in the act.  No DNA test to prove his innocence.  He is cast into prison where the King’s other servants are confined.  Nevertheless, the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy and he gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.  God always provides a way to escape for his people (Gen. 39).

Satan used Potiphar’s wife, a very beautiful woman to set the trap for Joseph.  Only Joseph would not succumb to Satan’s evil ways and for that, he was put into prison for a crime he did not commit.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking.  Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart.  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life.

May God continue to bless each one of you? Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

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