DCLM Daily Manna 2023: DCLM Daily Manna 29 November 2023: Stand Against Moral Depravity
KEY VERSE: “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)
TEXT: Genesis 39:7-2 (KJV)
7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
8 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;
9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
12 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.
13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.
16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
17 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:
18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
19 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.
20 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.
21 But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.
On October 7, 2019, The BBC broadcast a report by its undercover journalists posing as students inside two universities in West Africa. The female reporters were sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers at the institutions who were not aware that the girls were wearing secret cameras. The problem of sexual harassment is real although, for every known case, many more go unreported. In the case of Joseph, it was his master’s wife that put him under pressure to commit immorality with her.
This was not a once and for all proposition; it was unrelenting (Genesis 39:10). One day, she found herself alone in the house with Joseph and she tried raping the young man. He managed to escape from her clutches. She felt embarrassed and turned the story around that Joseph was the rapist. In spite of everything she did, Joseph was true to his spiritual convictions. He did not disappoint God or the confidence his master had in him.
As shown in the BBC report, many young people, particularly females, face a lot of pressure from people in positions of power, to commit immorality. Such individuals use their privileged position to make ungodly demands on their subordinates or students. God who helped Joseph to stand firm will help you also to stand. If you are placed in a position of authority, you must never use your position to sexually harass anybody.
To remain pure like Joseph, live right as a child of God, do your quiet time every day and be diligent, as mediocrity can cause you to compromise your faith. Also learn to always meditate on the word of God and make sure that, as much as possible, you avoid any secret liaison with people who could tempt you to do evil.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Dare to be another Joseph!
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Daniel 3-5
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – Stand Against Moral Depravity – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 29 November 2023