6So he left in Joseph’s care everything he had; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,7and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” 8But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. 11One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house (Genesis 39:6-12).
After taking notice of Joseph, what was the first thing she said to him in verse 7?
A) You are so handsome
B) You are nice looking
C) Come to bed with me
What did she continue to do in verse 10?
A) Can you repeat the question
B) I’m just not sure on this one
C) She spoke to Joseph day after day
Pornography’s call is the same. We fantasize as if there are beautiful women saying, “come to bed” with me. Next we see, she spoke to Joseph “day after day.” Notice it wasn’t just one or two days of nagging, it was ongoing, trying to break him down. Have you seen pornography “nagging” and “harassing” you daily trying to break you down? This day after day or trying to break us down is adding multiple links to form the chain that binds us.
What did she do in desperation from wanting Joseph in verse 12?
A) She was afraid of Joseph
B) She did something?
C) She caught him by his cloak
She caught him by his cloak, demanding that he sleep with her. Do you see this “grabbing” of and “demanding” to view pornography?
What was Joseph’s response to her grabbing and demanding in verse 12?
A) He didn’t notice her
B) He couldn’t resist her
C) He left his cloak in her hand and ran
YOU HAVE TO RUN!
When the chain of immorality begins to wrap itself around us we must be willing to do whatever it takes to run from it. Even at the expense of leaving something behind.
What kept Joseph from sinning with this woman?
A) She wasn’t his type
B) He didn’t like her
C) He didn’t want to sin against God
In the forefront of Joseph’s mind was the thought of “sinning against God,” and doing such a “wicked thing.” This is what kept Joseph from sinning with such a beautiful woman. Not wanting to “sin” against God was burned into his mind because of his “commitment” to God. Honoring God above honoring self was in Joseph’s mind the very first encounter they had.
Notice the last time she wanted to sleep with Joseph, “none of the household servants was inside.” Here is the final link in our chain. When pornography grabs and demands of us. When we are alone, tired, and weak. Joseph knew the danger of being alone and nagged day after day that he “left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.” And finally, the woman who pursued a sinful relationship was ultimately left holding a rag…alone…empty…unsatisfied.
Author: Erick Hurt
From a slave to sin–to freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). From an abusive husband verbally and physically–to loving my wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Now an Elder at Family Bible Church, I speak, teach, and preach with the same passion I once had for sin. I work as a volunteer for Setting Captives Free ministry as a mentor and mentor coordinator helping people become freed from the grip of sin. Visit www.settingcaptivesfree.com.