Remember Potiphar’s Wife
Jesus said: Remember Lot's wife. (Luke 17:32). Applying that principle, we can say: “Remember Potiphar’s wife.” The actions of powerful and sorry men are catching up with them. It is long overdue.
In view of what started as a small fire in Hollywood a few weeks ago and has now spilled over into the news and corporate world, into the U.S. Congress and into political elections, I knew I had to address this, soon. I wanted to wait until after Christmas but that doesn’t seem the thing to do.
Leaning on innocent women has been going on almost from the beginning of the human race. It is the worst in times of war when invading armies go after the women as they invade a nation. It is never right to take advantage of a woman in any way and it is not right to slaughter 60 million babies in the womb as America has done since 1973.
When a nation buys into evolution and reduces human life to the level of animals and property, bad things are going to be the order of the day. That’s where we are in America today. Jesus repeated Moses in saying: “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Abusing women and murdering innocent babies is proof that America has rejected God.
But, in the midst of bad men beating up on women, there is another side to the story. There are some wicked women in the mix. Some women in corporate America have “slept their way to the top.” Some innocent men have been caught in the aggressive web of some women. There are some female high school teachers in prison today for luring an underage student to the bedroom. They are serving prison time for “statutory rape.” (Sex with a male who is too young to give legal consent.)
I'm 83. When I was a senior in high school in Stevenson, Alabama, a girl spread the word through the school that I was the father of her illegitimate baby she was carrying around. Only when she was threatened with going to court over slander did she sign a notarized statement that I was not the father of the child. When a woman accuses a man, it may be true and it may not be true.
Potiphar’s wife is a worthy study. We’ll first look at the Bible. Then, I want to share with you a message from Don Boys who has written an excellent piece. I’ve known and respected Dr. Boys for many years. I’m passing on his recent article. It is reformatted for posting in our available space.
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; (Genesis 39:7-8)
And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, (Gen 39:12-13)
And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home. And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. (Genesis 39:16-20)
False Sexual Accusations: Remember Potiphar’s Wife! Don Boys, Ph.D.
Joseph, the highly principled Old Testament patriarch, was faithful in the pit, the prison, the palace. After being sold by his jealous brothers into slavery from a deep, muddy pit, he was taken to Egypt and was sold to Pharaoh’s Captain of the Guard. Joseph was given total control over all his master’s property and business, and Genesis records that he was a “goodly person and well favored.” The attractiveness of Joseph was celebrated over all the East and the Persian poets competed with each other in descriptions of his comeliness.
However, young Joseph was sexually assaulted by Zuleekha his master’s wife who tried to seduce him repeatedly. Women have always been capable of that. Moses reported this story and told how Joseph fled from the woman leaving his coat in her hands. Joseph lost his coat but not his chastity or character. He refused the seductions because of his gratitude for his master trusting everything into his hand and his concern that God knows everything and that wrong is always punished if not here then for sure, hereafter.
Well, we all know about a woman scorned and she falsely reported to her husband that Joseph tried to rape her. She had tried in vain to make him a fornicator, then she sought to characterize him as such to her husband. In that, she succeeded. No doubt, she felt repelled, reproved, and resentful by his virtue. She accused him to his peers who no doubt resented Joseph’s high esteem from his master. Not everyone who has a spotless conscience can keep a spotless name if a conniving woman is determined to smear him. It is no new thing for the best of men to be falsely accused of the worst of crimes by those who themselves are the worst of criminals.
Joseph, although totally innocent, was sent to prison for many years; but after a difficult time he became the number two man in Egypt, second only to Pharaoh! No doubt, a few of the women accusers of sexual abuse at this time are among the worst of characters seeking to bring down innocent men in high places. Lesson for the ages going back to the ancient Hebrews: Not all men are predators and some women will lie for various reasons. The reason may be for revenge, resentment, or revenue.
In this time of super sensitivity toward sex, I suggest we first be thankful for the wave of awareness of the problem but not jump off the precipice. Some interesting concepts have been revealed during this time. I am shocked that so many powerful men are so stupid. They have a deadly case of arrogance to think they can grope, molest and sexually assault a woman and never be exposed. It is amazing that such stupid men can be successful–at anything. They deserve to be ridiculed, rejected, and ruined because of their dumbness if not because of their depravity.
Such actions prove the maxim that power corrupts and the more powerful the man, the more likely the corruption that results. And for men to film their genitals or send nude pictures to women or to film a sexual experience has to be irresponsible, incomprehensible, and insane. For a few illicit moments of gratification, these powerful men lost everything–reputations, jobs, families, incomes, etc. They finally learn the high cost of low living. What fools men are who have not learned self-control and the difference between right and wrong with the overwhelming desire to do what is right.
It has been almost universal that men seem to lose their memory when sexual accusations are made. “I have no recollections of that.” Or, “I don’t remember it happening that way.” Almost all the offenders reply, “I thought it was consensual.” Only fools or their family members pretend to believe such nonsense in most cases.
Then I am shocked that women profess they did not know how to react to men who glare, grab, grope, and grapple them. But of course, they do. Women know instinctively how to protect their honor: screaming, shouting, slapping, spitting, slugging, and stabbing with a finger, pencil, or hat pin. If a woman does not resist, I will not believe her without a film of the event.
Now, we are standing on a dangerous precipice where even telling a woman she looks good is sexual harassment! Has the world gone crazy? England is now considering making it a hate crime to whistle at a woman! Now, the infamous wolf whistle is not gentlemanly but it is hardly a hate crime. In fact, some women have found it complimentary! Does an act become a crime depending on how a woman reacts? If so, we are on a slippery slope into a deep pit.
We are warned that it is sexual harassment to tell a woman that she really looks good! Well, let me confess to the world that I am guilty! Recently my wife and I had our hair cut at a shop owned by a friend of more than 20 years. Her daughter had lost a lot of weight and I promptly told her that she “really looked great.” I even called her “bones” or “skinny” to highlight the fact that she was doing so well. I also told her that she would no doubt live an additional 10 years for the weight loss. So, what’s wrong with encouraging a young woman in her weight loss program? A sane person says, “Nothing.” Fools scream, “Sexual harassment.”
There is a whirlwind of anger blowing across America but it is a wind that blows out the light of reason and common sense. We know that there is a wrong way to do a right thing but never a right way to do a wrong thing. We may be doing the wrong thing while we think we are doing the right thing as we declare men guilty when, like Joseph, they have done nothing wrong.
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Read Through the Bible in a Year
DECEMBER 15, 2017 - FRIDAY
A.M. Amos 4-6 P.M. Revelation 6
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A Good Verse to Memorize:
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 1:18)
Song for Today:
Glory to God in the Highest (5:45) (Old Friends Quartet – Gaither Group)
A Note About This Song: Two of these men are old-timers…have spent their whole lives singing Southern Gospel and now they are old…still singing. I have heard it all. I came up on blue-grass and went on to play Mozart and Beethoven. I never heard this song before. It’s a bit on the rowdy, noisy side, but their enthusiasm for the song is genuine. I don’t think there is any “put-on” in it. Music and preaching are both done with great variation. Some prefer something majestic and quiet and some like a little smoke coming out of it. I like it when it moves the heart, whether it’s noisy or quiet. Somehow, this number blessed me, even though it’s a little rowdy for my normal taste. I hope you like it.
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