The soap opera-esqe stories continue...
Judah (one of Jacob's sons) gets married and has 3 sons. The eldest marries Tamar and is struck dead by God for his evilness. So the next son has obligations to marry and bear children with Tamar. He "spills his seed" so as not to impregnate her and is also struck dead but God. Judah sends her back to her father to live as a widow and she later tricks him into sleeping with her thinking she's a prostitute... come on Judah, why would you sleep with a prostitute in the first place?? Needless to say he knocks up his daughter-in-law and she gives birth to twins.
Meanwhile, Joseph is set up in a clutch position (well, as clutch as a slave-like position can be) in Egypt. His master's wife realizes what a hottie he is and tries to seduce him. I have got to give it to Joseph, he's got this woman nagging him daily to sleep with him and everyday he blatantly says NO! Respect... The wife takes advantage of a situation and makes it look like Joseph tried to sleep with her... Poor Joseph! His own family hates him, sells his into slavery, he gets a sweet deal but is then thrown into jail. The cool thing is how God provides the little things for him while he is on hard times. God puts him in a position of trust in Potiphar's house, and again while he is in jail. Sometimes it's the little things that help remind us that we are not alone :)
Joseph helps to interpret 2 fellow inmates dreams and asks one of them to remember him to the Pharaoh when he gets out. The dreams come true as predicted, but the man doesn't remember Joseph. What a jerk--Joseph lets him know that in 3 days he will be released from jail and restored in his job and all the asks for is a good word with the big guy. Pretty simple request right??
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