All around us we see people who have fallen in the battle against temptation. That serves us a warning, but it offers little hope. Our present text, however, does offer hope because Joseph did resist temptation.
We learn about the nature of sin and temptation from the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife.
Unchecked sin multiplies in descending fashion. We all know that sin is usually appealing, so we may find ourselves considering sin at times. We ask, “What will happen if I do this?” Then we weigh the pros and cons, performing a mental cost analysis. While sinning may look pretty good on the front end, Scripture does us a great service by showing us the other side of sin. We can see the ugly results of sin through this dark story of Judah.
The Epistle of Jude
This short, succinct letter from Jude to an unknown church with problems serves to challenge all congregations and individual believers to self examination, and gives a strong and inspiring call not only to sound doctrine, healthy love, and upright behavior, but also to the primary pursuits that result in those ends.
A deeper knowledge of the risen Christ is a balm for the weary soul.
Joseph’s brothers persecuted the very one who would deliver them in the end. They rejected—in a sense—their savior, their deliverer.
We live in a culture that worships instant gratification. It is readily observable at work, in our homes, in sports, and even in the church. There are grave dangers in pursuing instant gratification. Esau is one biblical example of these dangers, and we can learn a lot from studying him.
Jacob’s life has been marked by sin and strife. However, life’s hardship must be placed within a greater context. This passage demonstrates how the proper context for the pain of life is our hope in the goodness of God.
Jacob found himself in a situation that is common to us all. God had commanded him to worship, but he knew that there was sin in his household. He asked himself the question, “How can I worship God with sin in my heart?”
What happens when we bring trouble upon ourselves? Does God wash His hands and say, “This is all your fault. You are getting what you deserved”? This is the situation in which Jacob found himself after his sons destroyed the city of Shechem. It is truly a “day of distress.”