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Wednesday, September 26 2018
A Bible Journey, 39: The Lies Of Rejected Zuleikha
"And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph"
Joseph was sold by his resentful brothers to slave traders on their way to Egypt (see A Bible Journey, 37: Israel's Favorite Son). Joseph was then sold again, to Potiphar, an Egyptian military officer.
"39:1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither." (Genesis 39:1 KJV)
Joseph was nevertheless blessed by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God), for a purpose that Joseph, and his treacherous brothers, all later realized: "50:18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. 50:19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." (Genesis 50:18-20 KJV).
"39:2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 39:3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 39:4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. 39:5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. 39:6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat.
The betrayal by Joseph's brothers got him sold away into Egypt, but not close to the Pharaoh. Joseph's rise to political power would be accomplished beginning with the treachery and lies of the wife of his master Potiphar. Although her name is not recorded in the Holy Bible, there is a widely-held ancient Jewish and Arabian tradition that her name was Zuleikha (pronounced zoo-lay-kah), a name that is still found in women of that same region today. The meaning of the name Zuleikha is debated. Some say that it means radiant one, while others contend that it simply means Potiphar's wife in translation from Arabic.
"39:7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
Then came the fateful day when righteous Joseph ("Thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?") found himself falsely accused and imprisoned. As a quirk of the English language, her "lie with me" was a lie.
"39:11 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. 39:12 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."
With prophetic management of events by the LORD, Joseph prospered in prison (the LORD used the same method with the prophet Daniel centuries later). It was from that vantage point that Joseph would soon rise to become the Prime Minister of Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh himself.
"39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 39:22 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. 39:23 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." (Genesis 39:21-23 KJV)
Fact Finder: The actual people of Egypt were African. How did the perception develop that they were white Europeans similar in appearance to Greeks and Romans?
This Day In History
This Day In History, September 26
46 BC: Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix, in keeping with a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar). Julius Caesar had a number of idols, including some that are still famous today.
1345: During the Friso-Hollandic Wars, the Frisians defeated Holland at the Battle of Warns.
1396: German and French "Crusaders" (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) were defeated by Ottoman forces at Nicopolis. The Ottoman Empire, centered in Turkey, was the dominant imperial force in the Middle East for centuries, including over the land of Israel, until the end of the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1580: Francis Drake returned to England after completing the first English voyage around the world.
1626: Lancelot Andrewes died at age 71. The English theologian and court preacher oversaw the translation of the King James Version of the Holy Scriptures.
1687: The city council of Amsterdam voted to support the invasion of England by William of Orange.
1687: The Parthenon (the great pagan temple that was built in 447 BC; see Paul In Athens) in Athens was severely damaged in a battle between the Ottomans and the Venetians.
1777: During the rebellion of the New England colonies that were established by the British in the wilderness over a century earlier, the British army temporarily took back control of the British-built city known as Philadelphia. The city was planned, built and named by William Penn, an English land developer sent by King James II, the successor of King Charles II. Ironically, Pennsylvania was named after William Penn - a life-long patriot of the king (Penn was born, died and is buried in England) who was not involved in the rebellion.
1829: The British "Scotland Yard" police organization was founded.
1854: The "Charge of The Light Brigade" during the Crimean War (1853-1856). The suicidal charge of an English light-cavalry brigade during the Battle of Balaklava in the Ukraine was made famous in a poem by Alfred Tennyson.
1872: The first Shriners Temple (called "Mecca") was established in New York City.
1907: New Zealand and Newfoundland became dominions of the British Empire.
1934: The British liner Queen Mary was launched.
1937: During the British Mandate that established the present-day state of "Israel" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration and Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) Lewis Andrews, British district commissioner of Galilee and Acre and known friend of the Jews, shot by a group of Arabs while he was walking to church in Nazareth. Also killed was a police constable who was walking with him.
1945: Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, a U.S. OSS officer (the "Office of Strategic Services," that later became the Central Intelligence Agency), was killed by Vietnamese forces after he was mistaken as a French military man and ambushed. Dewey is regarded as both the first U.S. soldier and the first CIA agent to die in the Vietnam civil war i.e. it was imperial France that divided Vietnam into North and South. France was driven out in the 1950s; the U.S. replaced the French, while taking the side of the South. When the U.S. left in the early 1970s, the North overran the South and Vietnam was restored to what it was before France and the U.S. involved themselves in the southeast Asia nation.
1950: United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans (see Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1959: Typhoon Vera, the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in recorded history, made landfall. It killed over 4,500 people (see The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).
1967: During the Vietnam civil war, the government of North Vietnam rejected a U.S. peace proposal that would have made the French-imposed division of Vietnam permanent.
1984: Britain and China agreed that Hong Kong would revert to Chinese control in 1997 (which it did).
1990: In Russia, the Supreme Soviet ended decades of religious repression with a new law that prohibited government interference in religious activities.
1997: With Germany re-united (again), Chancellor Helmut Kohl laid the foundation stone for a new Chancellery building in Berlin (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
2009: Typhoon Ketsana struck the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.