Joseph or Adam?   Leave a comment

As I was preparing for last Sunday’s sermon looking at Joseph’s encounter with Potiphar’s wife I came across this striking observation from one of the most creative blog writers I have yet to discover. I was unable to use it in the sermon but I did not want you to miss it.
He compares the explanation that Joseph gives for his refusal to accompany his boss’ wife to bed with the encounter between Adam and Eve and the serpent in the garden.

Here is an excerpt of what Joseph said to Potiphar’s wife when she came on to him. He essentially lays out                 a case based on how much trust Potiphar has put in him:

“everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. 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?”

I never realized that this, this is what Adam should have said to the serpent in the garden of Eden. This is                     the speech he should have given. These are almost the exact words, except perhaps we should switch out                 “house” for the word “garden” and “wife” for the word “fruit”:

“everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this garden than I am. My master                     has withheld nothing from me except this fruit, because this is his fruit. How then could I do such a wicked                 thing and sin against God?”

But Adam didn’t say that. Joseph did…………

Anyone ever seen that parallel before?
By the way if you are in the mood for a good laugh read this guy’s other blog entitled “Stuff Christians Like” it is painfully accuratley observed and hilarious!

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Posted July 21, 2008 by jolm15 in Uncategorized

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