7/22/10 In Egypt Joseph was purchased as a slave by Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s body guard. God prospered all the Joseph did, and he prospered Potiphar because of Joseph. Potiphar was evidently a wise man and he recognized in Joseph wisdom and honesty, so he soon put Joseph in complete charge of his household.
Joseph, though, was a good looking man, and he caught the attention of Potiphar’s wife, who attempted time and again to seduce Joseph. Joseph refused to even be near her.
One day, when the opportunity was right, and when God knew it was time for Joseph to get connected with Pharaoh, Potiphar’s wife caught Joseph alone. Grabbing him by his garment she begged him to sleep with her. He ran, leaving his garment in her hand. Angry at being spurned she screamed out to the other servants.
First she blamed her husband. “He brought us a Hebrew to make sport of us…” She waited, forming her story, until Potiphar came home. Somehow one gets the feeling that Potiphar didn’t believe her, else he would have executed Joseph on the spot. But at the same time he had to do something. It must have been with profound regret that he sent Joseph to prison.
Joseph went to prison for doing the right thing. But it wasn’t just any jail, it was the place where the king’s prisoner’s were kept. We don’t know exactly the timing of these events, but it seems to have happened quickly that Joseph won the trust of the jailer and was soon in charge of the whole jail. Maybe Potiphar put in a good word for him. Everything Joseph did prospered by God’s blessing.