A Man of Integrity
Gen 39:1-12 & 20-23 NAS

1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. 2 And the LORD was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. 3 Now his master saw that the LORD was with him and {how} the LORD caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge. 5 And it came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house, and over all that he owned, the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house on account of Joseph; thus the LORD'S blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. 6 So he left everything he owned in Joseph's charge; and with him {there} he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. 7 And it came about after these events that his master's wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me." 8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Behold, with me {here,} my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge. 9 "There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil, and sin against God?"   10 And it came about as she spoke to Joseph day after day, that he did not listen to her to lie beside her, {or} be with her. 11 Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside. 12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me!" And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside.

20 So Joseph's master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king's prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail. 21 But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. 22 And the chief jailer committed to Joseph's charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible {for it.} 23 The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph's charge because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made to prosper.

Introduction
In todays world the word Integrity is tossed about. Recently I heard a prominent minister say if he had to reduce a man of God to one word he would use the word integrity.   Think about that word,  and the Christian character.    They should be synomous.

In the text Joseph is that kind of a man. We should have examples like Joseph for fathers. Joseph is:

A Man of Integrity In Management.

A Man of Integrity In Morality.

A Man of Integrity In Mistreatment.
 
 
 

1.    A Man of Integrity In . . Management. v 1-5 

A.    Management that is . . Submissive. v 1-2
1. Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. 2 And the LORD was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian.

        1.    To his Heavenly Master. v 1 - 2 a
                    a.    In Spite of Slavery.

        2.    To his Earthly Master. v 2 b

Illustration [ODB] Saturday 20 June 98 - Mr Eternity
Arthur Stace of Sydney, Australia, was gripped by the thought that people without Christ are destined for a lost eternity. So he would rise early in the morning and chalk the word eternity on the pavement throughout his city.

Eventually he became known as "Mr. Eternity." Many people responded to his humble ministry by putting their faith in Jesus Christ.
 

B.    Management that is . . Seen. v 3-4
3 Now his master saw that the LORD was with him and {how} the LORD caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge.

        1.    By his Heavenly Master. v 3

        2.    By his Earthly Master. v 4
 

C.     Management that is . . Successful. v 5 - 6 a
5 And it came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house, and over all that he owned, the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house on account of Joseph; thus the LORD'S blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. 6 So he left everything he owned in Joseph's charge; and with him {there} he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate. . . . "

        1.    Blessed Because of his . . Service to His Heavenly Master. v 5

        2.    Blessed Because of his . . Service to His Earthly Master. v 6 a
 

Illustration
When the will of Henry J. Heinz, wealthy distributor of the famous "57 Varieties" line, was read, it was found to contain the following confession: "Looking forward to the time when my earthly career will end, I desire to set forth at the very beginning of this will, as the most important item in it, a confession of my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I also desire to bear witness to the fact that throughout my life, in which there were unusual joys and sorrows, I have been wonderfully sustained by my faith in God through Jesus Christ. This legacy was left me by my consecrated mother, a woman of strong faith, and to it I attribute any success I have attained."   This can be said about many men also.
 

Application

Joseph was a man of Integrity in Management.

We need to be men of Integrity in matters of Management.
 
 
 

2.    A Man of Integrity In . . Morality. v 6 b -12 

A.    Morality with . . Appeal. v 6 b - 7
6 b ". . . Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.
7 And it came about after these events that his master's wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me."

        1.    Moral In Spite of His . . Appearance. v 6 b

        2.    Moral In Spite of His . . Appeal. v 7
 

Illustration
In one of my pastorates we had a Lady who was a model. She became a Christian after a divorce. In counseling with her she said you know beauty is not fun if that's all some body wants from you. She said I would like to be desirable for who I am.

I read recently that Paul Newman would not pay any attention to press and applause he got that simply remarked about his good looks.

He said I did not do anything to get these looks. They are not a talent or an attainment.   I desire and work to be a good actor.   If I deserve any compliments from these endeavors I will accept them.
 

B.    Morality with . . Allegiance. v 8 - 9
8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Behold, with me {here,} my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge. 9 "There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil, and sin against God?"

        1.    Allegiance to His . . Earthly Master. v 8 - 9 a

        2.    Allegiance to His . . Heavenly Master. v 9 b
 

Illustration
During the rehearsal, the groom approached the pastor with an unusual offer. "Look, I'll give you $100 if you'll change the wedding vows. When you get to me and you want me to  promise to "love, honor and obey" and "forsaking all others to be faithful to her forever," I'd appreciate it if you'd just leave that part out." He passed the minister a $100 bill and walked away satisfied.

On the day of the wedding, the bride and groom moved to the main event, when it comes time for the groom's vows the pastor looks the young man in the eye and says: "Will you promise to prostrate yourself before her, obey her every command and wish, serve her breakfast in bed every morning of your life and swear eternally before God, and your lovely wife that you will not ever even look at another woman, as long as you both shall live?"

The groom gulped and looked around, and said in a tiny voice, "yes." And then the groom leaned toward the pastor and hissed: "I thought we had a deal." The pastor put his $100 into his hand and whispered back: "She made me a much better offer."

Joseph had a better offer: Faithfulness to his Lord.
 
C.    Morality with . . Ambition. v 10 - 12
10 And it came about as she spoke to Joseph day after day, that he did not listen to her to lie beside her, {or} be with her. 11 Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside. 12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me!" And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside. (NAS)

        1.    Ambition to be . . Faithful. v 10

        2.    Ambition to . . Flee. v 11 - 12
 

Illustration
About 15 Years ago I heard Johnny Bisagno (pastor at First Baptist Houston Tx.) preach using Joseph as an example. He said Joseph refused this woman because of his fantasies. You see Joseph fantasized saying yes to God and no to this woman. He practiced moral decision making.

Application

Joseph was a man of Integrity in Morality

We need to be men of Integrity in matters of Management.
 
 
 

3.    A Man of Integrity In. . Mistreatment. v 20-23 

A.    The . . False In the Mistreatment. v 20
20 So Joseph's master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king's prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail.
 

B.    The . . Favor In the Mistreatment. v 21 - 22
21 But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.   22 And the chief jailer committed to Joseph's charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible {for it.}
 

C.    The . . Father In the Mistreatment. v 23
23 The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph's charge because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made to prosper.(NAS)
 

Illustration
A small man walked into a restaurant and called out, "Who owns that St. Bernard that's tied up outside the door?"    A big, burly biker, replete with tatoos and ponytail, stood up and said, "That's my dog. What of it?"     "Well, my dog just killed your dog."

"That's impossible! That St. Bernard is as big as a refrigerator. There's no way another dog could kill him."   "That may be, but your dog just choked on my Chihuahua."
 

Application

Fathers, don't choke on life's little problems!

Have Integrity even in the face of Mistreatment

 

 
 
 
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