Genesis 38 focused on Judah, one of Joseph’s many brothers. Some time after his wife died (v. 12), he saw a veiled woman he thought was a prostitute and went over to her and asked to sleep with her (v. 16). This account of Judah seeking out a prostitute is contrasted with Joseph in Potiphar’s house in the next chapter.
Joseph’s obedience to God eventually cost him greatly. Potiphar’s wife, weary of being scorned, accused Joseph of attempting to rape her, and Potiphar had his prized slave thrown into prison. Because of sin, our hearts are hard-wired toward moralism. We believe that if we do good things, if we obey God, then we will experience “good” things in life, that He will reward us. Yet like Joseph, we may suffer because of our obedience. As we will see, God was in the middle of that suffering. It didn’t seem good to Joseph. It didn’t feel good to him. But it was good. And God will be in the middle of our suffering too. But as we suffer for obeying Him, we can know that God is working through it and that we are following in the footsteps of Christ who suffered in His obedience to the Father.
How do you know when it is time to speak up about an injustice done to you or to remain silent?