Genesis 39:9 - Sin Against God.
Genesis 39:9 - Sin Against God.
Genesis 39:9 (KJV) There is none greater in this house than I;
neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art
his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against
Sin against God: Our system of law makes a distinction
between victim and victimless crimes. The notion is that some crimes,
such as assault or theft from a home, create victims. Other criminal
acts, such as prostitution or homosexuality, theoretically have no
victims. Each person involved is a consenting adult!
Joseph was urged to have sex with his master's wife. She'd
keep the secret. Potiphar would never know. Who could possibly be
hurt by a little fling? After all, as our movie rating systems
suggest, these are the kinds of things "adults" both do and enjoy!
Joseph wasn't fooled. The "victimless" crime was in fact a
"sin against God."
Satan eagerly sticks new labels on old sins, trying to
confuse humanity and provide us with excuses to do what we know is
wrong. It's important that our vision be as clear as Joseph's, and that
we be as honest with ourselves as Joseph was with Potiphar's wife.
[The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
Joseph avoided Potiphar's wife as much as possible. He
refused her advances and finally ran from her. He resisted her seduction
by saying it would be a sin against God. Sometimes merely trying to
avoid temptation is not enough.
Joseph didn't say, "I'd be hurting you," or "I'd be sinning
against Potiphar," or even "I'd be sinning against myself" Under
pressure, such excuses are easily rationalized away. For Joseph, God was
not distant and uninvolved. God was close at hand and near to
Joseph's heart and mind. There wasn't room in Joseph's mind for him to
rationalize because God was filling Joseph's mind. God and sin cannot occupy
the same place.
We must turn and run from temptation, especially when it is
very strong, as is often the case in sexual temptation. Remember that
sexual sin is not just between two consenting adults. It replaces God
with sins that occupy our mind and heart. Removing God from our
hearts is indeed "a great sin against God." [One Year NLT SB]
In contending with certain sins there remains no mode of
victory but by flight. The ancient naturalists wrote much of basilisks,
whose eyes fascinated their victims and rendered them easy victims; so
the mere gaze of wickedness puts us in solemn danger. He who would
be safe from acts of evil must haste away from occasions of it. A
covenant must be made with our eyes not even to look upon the cause of
temptation, for such sins only need a spark to begin with and a blaze
follows in an instant. Who would wantonly enter the leper's prison and
sleep amid its horrible corruption? He only who desires to be leprous
himself would thus court contagion. If the mariner knew how to avoid a
storm, he would do anything rather than run the risk of weathering it.
Cautious pilots have no desire to try how near the quicksand they can
sail, or how often they may touch a rock without springing a leak;
their aim is to keep as nearly as possible in the midst of a safe
This day I may be exposed to great peril, let me have the
serpent's wisdom to keep out of it and avoid it. The wings of a dove may
be of more use to me today than the jaws of a lion. It is true I
may be an apparent loser by declining evil company, but I had better
leave my cloak than lose my character; it is not needful that I should
be rich, but it is imperative upon me to be pure. No ties of
friendship, no chains of beauty, no flashings of talent, no shafts of
ridicule must turn me from the wise resolve to flee from sin. The devil I
am to resist and he will flee from me, but the lusts of the flesh,
I must flee, or they will surely overcome me. O God of holiness
preserve thy Josephs, that Madam Bubble bewitch them not with her vile
suggestions. May the horrible trinity of the world, the flesh, and the devil,
never overcome us! [Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon re v.
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