Talks for Growing Christians
Potiphar’s Wife Attempts to Seduce Joseph
Lesson Number 86
- The Bible does not teach situation ethics.
- The Bible does teach situation testing.
- It’s better to flee than fall.
- Maybe we should thank the Lord that we are ugly.
- Why did the Lord bless Potiphar’s estate?
- Joseph resisted temptation. Name two biblical men who failed this test.
- What was Joseph’s most convincing point in passing this test? (See Genesis 39:9)
- What does situation ethics teach?
- Why is it wrong to practice situation ethics?
- Does the Bible teach situation testing?
- Is it sin to be tempted?
- Because of Joseph’s faith and faithfulness
- Judah and King David
- He refused to sin against God.
- It teaches that you always do the most helpful and loving thing (from your perspective) in a particular situation.
- Because it appeals to human reason and does not take God’s standards into consideration.
- Yes. God allowed Joseph to be tested in several areas. In this case, it was in the area of sexual temptation. It was a test of Joseph’s faith and faithfulness.
- No. See James 1:13. Sin occurs when one yields to temptation.
- Consider the differences between situation ethics and God’s ethics. Discuss the results of following situation ethics. Discuss the rewards of following God’s ethics.
- Recall times when you have been tested concerning your faith and faithfulness to God. Recall times when you passed the test, and times when you failed.
- Resolve to flee temptations and to honor the Lord in all situations. Remember that Joseph, handsome and vulnerable, was responsible.
- “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?’ Joseph fled and ran.” Genesis 39:9, 12