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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Flee From Temptation

In ancient Egypt there was a man named Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers. Joseph was eventually sold to a man named Potiphar who was the captain of the guard for the pharaoh. The Lord was with Joseph and helped him do the work Potiphar assigned to him.

Potiphar saw the work that Joseph did and realized that God was with him. The scriptures say, "And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand." Because of this, Potiphar assigned Joseph to be the overseer of his house and everything he owned.

Joseph was well taken care of by Potiphar. The scriptures say his house was blessed because Joseph was living there. The scriptures also say that Joseph was a "goodly person and highly favored".

Potiphar wasn't the only one who favored Joseph though. Potiphar's wife also liked Joseph. The scriptures say after Joseph did all these great things, "that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me." Or in other words, "Sleep with me."

Uh-oh. She ain't up to no good.

However, Joseph knew that this home-wrecker wasn't any good for him or his eternal salvation. He said, "There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?"

This wasn't the last time Potiphar's wife tempted Joseph. The scriptures say, "she spake to Joseph day by day" trying to get him to break the commandments of God. Joseph was very obedient to the commands of God. I'm sure Potiphar's wife may have been gorgeous, but because Joseph loved God more than momentary pleasure, he resisted her temptings. I'm also going to take some nonscriptural liberty in saying that Joseph wasn't the only man Potiphar's wife tried to seduceIn the words of Alma to his son Corianton, "Yea, she did steal away the hearts of many; but this was no excuse for thee, my son."

One day Joseph went down to Potiphar's house and found that there weren't any men in the home.

Bad sign, Joseph. Get. Out. Of. There.

The bad news: Joseph was accused of adultery
and thrown into prison. The good news: In prison
he met a couple of men that helped prove him innocent.
And the scriptures say that Potiphar's wife jumped on him, grabbed his clothes and told him to sleep with her. But good guy Joseph, "left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out" or in other words, he up and booked it out of there!

I love the wording used here. "Got him out". There seems to be a sense of urgency in that phrase.

This story reminds me of another story. Remember in the New Testament when the money changers were camped on temple grounds doing their thing? Christ saw this and in righteous indignation started to flip over the tables they were working at and forced everyone to leave.

The temple is just a building. We are a living soul whose actions have eternal consequences. How much more would Christ rather flip our inner tables and cleanse our temples than a physical temple, or house of God?

I'd also like to make note here on the similarities between how Potiphar's wife tempted Joseph and how Satan tempts us. Now I'm not saying that Potiphar's wife is Lucifer, but I am inferring that she was a tempter and a snake.

Notice how the scriptures say Potiphar's wife "she spake to Joseph day by day". She didn't speak to him once, not twice, but everyday! Then when Joseph showed that he would not give into temptation or lower his standards, Potiphar's wife came to him and ripped his clothing off.

Satan works the same way. He puts temptations in our paths every single day. And when he sees that we won't let our defenses down and grab hold of evil and delight ourselves with sinful pleasures, he goes looking for us. He puts it right there in front of us. I've often heard the saying, "When I was a boy, I had to go looking for trouble. Nowadays, trouble finds me."

However, just as quickly as Joseph fled temptation and "got him out" of the situation, we must flee temptation so we do not do "great wickedness, and sin against God." Let us be be like Joseph. Let us flee from temptation quickly and "get us out" of Satan's grasp. We must do what is right!

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