Posted by: Arden Compton | September 15, 2013

King David vs. Joseph in Egypt

The scriptures gives examples of what happens when a person gives into sexual lust, and when a person resists sexual lust. The story of King David and Bathsheba is one of the most tragic stories in history. (be sure to see the video at the end of this post) David had been exceptionally faithful to the will of God in his life, and had persevered through tremendous adversity to become the King of Israel. Many still view him as the greatest of Israel’s kings, and his reign is often viewed as the pinnacle of the nation of Israel. However, despite all of this, Kind David was caught off guard when he saw Bathsheba bathing herself from his roof top. He gave into lust, had her brought to him. Adultery and murder were what followed. David spent the rest of his life wracked with guilt, seeking forgiveness from God. Many of the Psalms in the Bible were David’s pleadings for forgiveness for these serious sins. His adultery and murder marked the decline of his reign as king.

Compare David to Joseph the 11th son of Jacob, who was sold by his brothers as a slave into Egypt. As a slave, his master’s wife tried to seduce him. While David had Bathsheba brought to him, Joseph did not seek out this women, she sought him out. I am guessing as a slave he had no rights, and had to do what she said. But Joseph’s reply to this women was astounding, he said, “There is none greater in this house than I…. how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God.” (Old Testament, Genesis 39:9). For a slave to say to his master’s wife ‘there is none greater in this house than I’ is a very bold statement. He wasn’t saying he was better than them, just that he was as good as them. To me he was saying, “In this matter I am not your slave. It is better for me to obey God than you, and commit sin against God.” So Joseph was true to God, he resisted sexual lust, and ultimately ruled Egypt. What if he had given in and done what she wanted? Chances are we would have never heard of him. Because he stayed true to God, he was blessed through out his life, even though he also faced significant challenges in life.

So when you are faced with sexual lust, do as Joseph did, stay true to God and get out (Genesis 39:12) as quickly as possible. Joseph’s account leads us to believe he ran out of the room. He ended up being put in prison because he didn’t give into her, but it was worth it. Don’t be afraid to run away from pornographic situations. Be brave enough to walk out of a movie, or a party, or tell a friend that you will not participate in pornography. You may feel embarrassed to do so, but it will be so worth it, even if someone is critical of you for it. Be strong enough to turn off the computer when no one else is around. You may think you are alone, but that is one of Satan’s lies, you are never alone. Be true to what you know is true,and turn away from pornography.

“Pornography, with its sleazy filth, sweeps over the earth like a horrible, engulfing tide. It is poison. Do not watch it or read it. It will destroy you if you do. It will take from you your self-respect. It will rob you of a sense of the beauties of life. It will tear you down and pull you into a slough of evil thoughts and possibly of evil actions. Stay away from it. Shun it as you would a foul disease, for it is just as deadly” (Gordon B. Hinckley)

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