Genesis 39:11-12: A fatal collision.

“11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She 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.NIV


Matthew Henry comments that is better to lose a good coat than a good conscience!       We have seen that Joseph had experienced a barrage of temptation ‘’day after day’’ (10). But the day came when temptation and opportunity collided. That is liable to be a fatal collision. But it doesn’t have to be. Again, as Matthew Henry says, Joseph showed ‘resolute chastity.’

The house was empty. Who would know? Well, Joseph and Mrs P would know for starters, and would have to live with their decision. But also, God would know…and truth has a way of coming out. So although Joseph had the chance to sin, he fled from it, and has left an example of what is possible.

I believe we are meant to see that Joseph resisted because the Lord was with him. He had God’s enabling power. Yet the onus was still on him to fight – and fight he did. He did not allow sin to have dominion over him (Romans 6).