v 9. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?’ And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even to be with her.
Not really a different story today, except the villain of the piece is a sex-obsessed woman. Potiphar, a senior soldier in Pharaoh’s army, noticed Joseph’s efficiency and so trusted him with the conduct and running of his house. However, Potiphar’s wife had also noticed him. ‘Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded. ‘ (v 7) That spelt trouble for Joseph who was determined to keep clear of this lustful woman. But she kept on at him day after day and – well done Joseph – he generally managed to keep out of her way.
Well, you can read the rest of this scheming woman’s plan, Joseph’s humiliation in prison, and his eventual rise to run Pharaoh’s household and indeed the whole of Egypt. How sorely he must have been tempted, but he was able to stand firm in what he knew to be right. And remember, all this was before the Jews had received the Ten Commandments. Nobody had said ‘You shall not commit adultery’; he just knew that kind of behaviour was wrong.
There is something naturally right about purity in a person’s sex life.