I should've made a list of all the questions you've been asking in your comments so I could try to address some of them, but I didn't and I'm afraid I've got a too much going on this week to go back and do it. I like that you all answer each other.
(Oh, by the way, I found out today that Tamar was a Canaanite, not an Israelite. She's not the only non-Israelite woman in Jesus' family tree. While God chose to begin with the Jewish people and make them "His" nation, I think women like Tamar show that His plan ultimately included calling all the Gentile people unto Himself as well. We see that happen with Jesus and the ministry of Paul.)
Just so you know, I will be leaving on Friday for an out of town speaking engagement this weekend - I'd appreciate your prayers for that event. Also, I somehow managed to sunburn the outer white part of my right eye - how freaky is that?! So I'd appreciate your prayers for healing there. And finally, I am suppose to complete the table of contents, with paragraph descriptions of each chapter, for a book I am planning. So I could use some prayer to not only get it finished, but to complete it with wisdom and anointing. Thanks so much for praying for me and each other!
Next we will be reading about Potiphar's wife. Remember Rachel and Jacob's first son Joseph? This is actually his story, in which he encounters this woman. For a little background, Leah's sons disliked their half-brother Joseph and plotted to get rid of him. They were going to kill him but Judah (yes, Tamar's father-in-law) talked them out of that and instead into selling Joseph to some Egypt-bound traders as a slave. The brothers told their father Jacob that his precious Joseph died in the field after an animal attack.
Mrs. Potiphar's brief story comes right after Tamar's story - click here to read Genesis 39. If you want to know how Joseph overcomes the outcome of his encounter with Potiphar's wife, you can continue reading chapters 40 and 41. I will link those along with chapter 39 in case you do. (And if you really want to know all of Joesph's story you can keep reading on your own through chapter 50 at the end of the book of Genesis.) But Potiphar's wife appears only in Genesis 39.
Don't forget to pray for understanding before you being reading!
Post a comment to let me know you've finished the reading and we'll discuss it on Wednesday.