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Joseph Tempted.

Joseph Tempted.

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Genesis xzmx 9.

How can I do this great frickediaeKi, and

against CrodF

Genesis xzmx 9.

How can I do this great frickediaeKi, and

against CrodF

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Oct 11, 2013
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JOSEPH TEMPTED.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.,Genesis xzmx 9.How can I do this great frickediaeKi, andagainst CrodFIn the lart sennon we mvr tbst J^eefk be^cune Ifae pncfaaaed ala^e of FeUi^luff, on»0[ the pmdpal men of (fie Ehi^ (tf ^^f9^He wotdd seenr to others^ and miglit sappoM-hmself to be in a forsaken and oppressedstate. But he had a bieui and a paimi ef mighty power, who soon appealed fer hishdtp. '^ The Lord was wiih Joseph^ »sd' h»swas a prosperetifl man ;" and ^ The haidmade all that he- <Kd ta prosper iir hsl( huds^'*His master se^g fliis ^ made lonf oveMeeroyer his house; and all &a^ he had he potinto his hand/' From that time all PotiplllM^jiaffisdrs flonrished exceedingly. ^' The LordJOSfiPH TEMPTED. 383Uessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph'ssahe ; and &e blessing of the Lord was vupwtaB A»t he had in the hoase and in HiefieldiV Therrfore his master left the entiremsnag^mieM of every thing to him, and took sa fbffiher thooght himself of any of his oob^^oema And thns Jose^^ appears to be infii^on]^ bcdii with God and maiK BM let no one boast himself of to-^inorrow,for he knows not what a day may bring forth.A sever <^ trial was preparing for Joseph, oneidiich- breaglM; hiin into great trouble, anf(wiiq14 have oaused hkn to make shipwreck b€& of fidib and holiness, had he not beenin^^essed with a de^ly pious feeling, andsustained by the gtacd of God. He was a
goodly person, and weU fttvoured; and hismasl^-s wife conceived a^ sinAil passion forItiuL She lost no time-in making it knownto him, and was ^ameleBs enough to offerherself to- Mm. Here, independent of anyAing else, many- would have seen anotherstepping-stone ta aggrancUsement Havingthe entire and unsui^ecting coi^ence of hisma8ter> 9^ the' illidt and secret love of his384 JOSEPH TEMPTED.mistress, be uiiglit bave said, who will no^radvance so high and rapidly as I ? But tiheLord gave him more grace : and the answerby which he replied to her infiunons proposalis a beaatifid specimen of hononr and re-gion. ^^ He refused, and said, unto hismaster's wife. Behold, my master wottethnot what is with me in the house, and hehath committed all tliat he hath to my hand ;there is none greater in this house than I,neither hath he kept any thing back finomme but thee, because thou art his wife : howthen can I do this great wickedness, and sinagainst God?" In this answer of Josephwe may see the light in which he regardedthe sin to which he was now tempted. .1 . He looked upon it as a grievous oSeoceagainst Ids master, which would be height-ened by base ingratitude. Without advertingto her great culpability in the matter, heshewed her that he felt it would be a heinouscrime on his part, if he, a servant, shoulddishonour his master, especially such a masteras Potiphar had been to him. He remindedher of tbe rank to which his master hadJOSEPH TEMPTED. 386raised him in the household, of the confidencewhich he reposed in him, and of the liberal
kindness which he had shewn him, with-holding nothing from him bat her, becauseshe was his wife. How disgraceful would itbe to him ! what a dishonourable act ! whatbase ingratitude! He could not bear thethought of injuring his master so deeply.Alas, how much of this true honour is want-ing in many of those who almost claim to beexclusively considered as men of honour.Eagerly do they catch at any appearance of adrances which may be made to them, anddo not scruple to alienate the affections of the wife of their friend, or to carry dishonourinto the family of their benefactor. Littleregard indeed is shewn to their vaunted feel-ing of honour, when it enters into competitionwith the gratification of lawless desire.2. But Joseph took a still higher view of the sin to which he was tempted. He con-sidered it as a great wickedness, and a sinagainst God. The principle of religion is farmore powerful than the principle of honour or justice. Joseph remembered that there was nots336 JOSSPH TEMPTSD.cmij a dutjr which h& owed to his numta; batoae fidOl higher which he owed to his maker.It was this consideration which proved hisprea^rvatiye. He was afraid to do wickedly ;he darod not to sin agaiiist God. If honourlinked him to be faithfiil to his mattb^,iBjach Biore did religion oblige him to befaith&I to God : if gratitude hoond him notto sin 2^;ainst the former, how mndi morestrcBg ought that feeling to be towards Grod !if the reverence whidi heowedto his master'sstation ongkt to secure kirn from insult, howmuch more ought the nuyesty of God torestram him from committing any atkaees^;ainst Himf This principle in Joseph'smind, now in full influimce md operation at

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