Genesis 39:2, A Sovereign Rule That Is Eternally Unimpeded

Genesis 37-39 lists so many negative actions of mankind:

  • Jealousy (Joseph’s brothers, who became so envious of Joseph they sought to kill him, but instead took him captive and sold him into human bondage)
  • Pride (Onan, who refused to honor his brother’s legacy by denying offspring with his brother’s widow)
  • Lust (Judah, who was saddened by the passing of his wife, so-much-so he spontaneously sought the momentary company of a woman he assumed was a prostitute, but who happened to be his daughter-in-law)
  • Deception (Judah, who promised another son in marriage to Tamar, his twice widowed daughter-in-law, but never fully intended to fulfill the pledge)
  • Falsehood (Potiphar’s wife, who claimed that Joseph attempted to rape her, but was actually upset that Joseph had rebuffed her sexual advances)

This list is pretty compelling, and speaks to the cruel and unacceptable nature of man’s wickedness. And yet despite this, God’s will overcame. His sovereign rule is eternally unimpeded. Joseph prospered in slavery. Tamar gave birth to twins. All in all, there is tremendous hope knowing that God can conquer all of the moral shortfalls of humanity. The Lord can, and will, avenge all wrongs and make them right – if not on earth then in eternity. There will be a reckoning. But praise be to the One Who can make sense of this seemingly chaotic mess, and still make beauty from the ashes.   

Genesis 39:2 “The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered…” (NIV)

Kevin Orr (1/14/2019)

One thought on “Genesis 39:2, A Sovereign Rule That Is Eternally Unimpeded”

  1. I love reading these, you always have such impressive insights.

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