Genesis 39 - Needing G-d's Favor

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Genesis 39

Needing G-d's Favor ©

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC



This Zerah Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Revi's Grandmother Gladys Ethel and father and step father, my mother and my father, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Stephen ben Martha, Sharon bat Vivian, Florence Youman bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff bat Na'amah and Michael and Channah Sakash may they rest in peace.

וְיוֹסֵף, הוּרַד מִצְרָיְמָה; וַיִּקְנֵהוּ פּוֹטִיפַר סְרִיס פַּרְעֹה שַׂר הַטַּבָּחִים, אִישׁ מִצְרִי, מִיַּד הַיִּשְׁמְעֵאלִים, אֲשֶׁר הוֹרִדֻהוּ שָׁמָּה.

 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an

 Egyptian, bought him from the hands of the Ishmaelites, who had brought him down there, Genesis 39.1.


Yoseif was was stripped of his tunic [of many colors] his fine woolen tunic that was on him, Genesis 37.23

Yoseif was cast [down] into a pit, Genesis 37.23


Yoseif was sold to Midianite Traders who sold him to Yishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver  Genesis 37.27,28

Yoseif was brought down to Mitzrim / Egypt... Genesis 39.1

Yoseif was sold to Potiphar, Genesis 37,36

 וַיְהִי יְהוָה אֶת-יוֹסֵף, וַיְהִי אִישׁ מַצְלִיחַ; וַיְהִי, בְּבֵית אֲדֹנָיו הַמִּצְרִי.


And HaShem / The Lord was with everything from Aleph to Tav of Yoseif, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian, Genesis 39.2

 וַיַּרְא אֲדֹנָיו, כִּי יְהוָה אִתּוֹ; וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר-הוּא עֹשֶׂה, יְהוָה מַצְלִיחַ בְּיָדוֹ.

And his master saw, For the LORD was with him, and all that he made, LORD Prospered with his hand. Genesis 39.3

 וַיִּמְצָא יוֹסֵף חֵן בְּעֵינָיו, וַיְשָׁרֶת אֹתוֹ; וַיַּפְקִדֵהוּ, עַל-בֵּיתוֹ, וְכָל-יֶשׁ-לוֹ, נָתַן בְּיָדוֹ.

And he, Yoseif found favor in his eyes, and he Minister to him, and [Potiphar] appointed [Yoseif] over his house and all substance was given into his hand, Genesis 39.4

   וַיְהִי מֵאָז הִפְקִיד אֹתוֹ בְּבֵיתוֹ, וְעַל כָּל-אֲשֶׁר יֶשׁ-לוֹ, וַיְבָרֶךְ יְהוָה אֶת-בֵּית הַמִּצְרִי, בִּגְלַל יוֹסֵף; וַיְהִי בִּרְכַּת יְהוָה, בְּכָל-אֲשֶׁר יֶשׁ-לוֹ--בַּבַּיִת, וּבַשָּׂדֶה.

And it happened from the time [Yoseif] was appointed over [Potiphar's] house and all his substance that HaShem Blessed everything from Aleph to Tav of the Egyptian's house on account of Yoseif. And it happened that the Blessing of HaShem was on all [Potiphar's] substance and in his house and in his field, Genesis 39.5.

Yosief is a beautiful man, Genesis 39.6

The Master's wife wants a physical relationship with Yoseif, Genesis 39.7

Yoseif refuses, Genesis 39.8

The Master's wife was persistent, Genesis 39.9-11

The Master's wife lies about Yoseif, Genesis 39.12-18

The Master heard and was angry, Genesis 39.19

Yoseif is placed in prison, Genesis 39.20


 וַיְהִי יְהוָה אֶת-יוֹסֵף, וַיֵּט אֵלָיו חָסֶד; וַיִּתֵּן חִנּוֹ, בְּעֵינֵי שַׂר בֵּית-הַסֹּהַר.

And HaShem / The Lord was with everything from Aleph to Tav of Yoseif, and Extended Kindness to him and he was given favor in the eyes of the officer of the prison house, Genesis 39.21.

 וַיִּתֵּן שַׂר בֵּית-הַסֹּהַר, בְּיַד-יוֹסֵף, אֵת כָּל-הָאֲסִירִם, אֲשֶׁר בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר; וְאֵת כָּל-אֲשֶׁר עֹשִׂים שָׁם, הוּא הָיָה עֹשֶׂה.

And he, the officer of the prison house gave into Yoseif's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison house and all that was done their [Yoseif]  was the doer, Genesis 39.22.

אֵין שַׂר בֵּית-הַסֹּהַר, רֹאֶה אֶת-כָּל-מְאוּמָה בְּיָדוֹ, בַּאֲשֶׁר יְהוָה, אִתּוֹ; וַאֲשֶׁר-הוּא עֹשֶׂה, יְהוָה מַצְלִיחַ.

The Officer of the prison house, saw everything from Aleph to Tav of all , anything in ]Yoseif's] hands in that HaShem was with him and his doings HaShem Made to prosper, Genesis 39.23.

Our Creator Allows some people to get in our way. Our Creator Allows some people to make things difficult for us. Yet our Creator is with us.  Our Creator Blesses our Works. Our Creator Blesses our hands. Our Creator blesses things under our direction. Others see the Creator's Blessing upon us. Potiphar's and the Officer of the prison house each realized HaShem's Blessing on Yoseif. Yet where was Yoseif? He was deserted by his brothers. He was forsaken by his brothers.  He was sold into slavery. He was placed in prison because of lies. Yet our Creator blessed him.

Was it easy for Yoseif? No! Did Yoseif like his situation? No, not entirely... Did everything go in Yoseif's direction? No! Did Yoseif have struggles? Yes! It is important to focus on the facts. It's OK to dream yet we need to be realistic! Our Creator does send us challenges amidst His Blessings. 

You can look into your life no matter how difficult it maybe and see the hand of our Creator 'IF' you want to...  May we see His Blessings... May we be thankful for His Blessing upon us!

Blessings and peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk

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