The Cloak

This morning, I was reading about Joseph and Potiphar’s wife. This is a popular story from the bible. If you attended a Children’s Sunday school class at church, you would know this story. If you haven’t, you can google search Genesis 39 on the web or read the text from a Holy Bible. Joseph has been preached in several sermons to encourage young people in general to flee from temptation especially sexual sin. He kept his faith and he will forever be the guy who not only said no to sexual sin but actually fled from the scene.

Genesis 39: 6b and 7… Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. ‘Come and sleep with me she demanded’

He is a hero in his own right, because he didn’t fall for this demand. However, today, I’m seeing Joseph in a new light. Have you done something good or with good intentions and yet, end up being a bad person? Have you done something right and ended up being punished for it because you were just not diligent enough in carrying it out well? You see Joseph did the right thing but he didn’t carry it out diligently, in my opinion. How on earth could he leave evidence behind? It would have been a different story if he had not left his cloak behind. And I know Joseph thought of this over and over again. “Why did I leave the cloak behind? I could have grabbed it from her. After all, I am stronger than she. How could I have forgotten to take the cloak along? I would not have been in this position”.

Gen 39:12….Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.

He does well in saying no to his master’s wife. He tore himself away, but Joseph, how come you left your cloak in her hands? Now realising her ‘gigolo’ plan didn’t work out, she comes up with another plan. This was easy to accomplish unlike the first because she had evidence to prove things in her favour. So hear how Potiphar’s wife narrates her side of the story.

Gen 39: 13-15
When she saw that she was holding His cloak and he had fled, she called out to her servants……..”He came into my room to rape me, but I screamed. When he heard me scream, he ran outside and got away but he left his cloak behind with me”.

Joseph is definitely ruined with this story and his cloak in her hands. There is absolutely nothing he can say that will get him out of this mess. Potiphar’s wife knows this too well. Who wasn’t going to believe her, with the cloak in her hands, and being the madam of the house?  Joseph was a nobody, a Hebrew slave as such. She waited for her husband and told him her lie which had become the truth because of that cloak. Joseph ends up in prison for something he didn’t do. I’m sure whenever he hears Daddy Lumba’s “some girls are dangerous”, he cries as he remembers what a daughter of Eve did to him.

Joseph’s sad story reminds me of this saying; “It’s not how hard you work but how smart. Working hard doesn’t necessarily pay. Joseph worked hard at running away from sin, but by not being smart about it, it ended him in prison. You need to be smart. You can’t afford to be all good and not smart.  My brother, trying to help that beautiful sister with her abusive relationship can bring serious marital/relationship problems to you if you are not smart about it. You empathise with her. But don’t forget she is a beautiful woman who is broken and will easily fall for the next man who shows her some care and love.  And do not forget you are not immune to beautiful and attractive women.

Yes, we need to help our friends and family when they find themselves in difficult situations, but you need to be smart about it. How many times have you helped that friend financially and lost your money?

What am I saying? That Joseph should have accepted the offer?? No. I think he should not have rushed to flee the scene. He should have taken his cloak from her before he ran away from the scene. That’s what I think.

But knowing the entire story of Joseph, another part of me thinks otherwise, he did what he could at the moment. For all you know, he was tempted. That could explain how he fled the scene to prevent himself from sinning.  Maybe, but knowing Bra Joe, a very spiritual brother, he fled because he feared God. He had respect for his master as well. He went through difficult times for this but his end was great.

What do you think? Do you think Joseph’s story could have been different if he rather pushed his madam aside and grabbed his cloak? Or you think there was nothing he could have done other than leaving his cloak behind? Let me hear your thoughts on Joseph and his cloak.

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  1. I really like the being smart part……I really had an experience in class, I was teaching others but during exams (fully packed questions) , the smart ones finished….the teacher couldn’t 🤦🏾‍♀ but God been so good I passed

    1. Hahaha. Lucky you.

  2. But without leaving his cloak which consequently led him to jail, he would not have become the prime minister, he would have just been the guy who was smart enough to not leave evidence and continued to live as a slave.

    1. I thought of that too Lee, but then I asked myself, does God have just one way of blessing us. He couldn’t have been prime minister without going to jail?? Jail was the only way out for Joseph?

  3. Joseph did what was convenient at the moment. Its just like in a desperate situation to save a loved one; who fails sick in the middle of the night…your mind is engrossed on picking the person to the hospital so much so that you forget to pick your wallet/credit card. If you are in Africa where the system is cash and carry, you might loose your beloved by the time you go home for the money and back to the hospital…..but may God in his infinite wisdom,grant us more wisdom to act smartly in times of our temptations.

    1. Amen!!

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