I am struck by the amount of sexual "dysfunction" in our forefathers as described in the Bible.
Space would not allow to even survey the sexual sins of Samson, David, Amnon, Absalom and so on.
Joseph was the first man recorded who made a clear effort to overcome such temptation, resisting the flirting of Potiphar's wife. She then accused him falsely, which ended up in his being thrown into prison. Yet God rewarded Joseph's purity and he later became the head of the nation of Egypt and the leader of the people of Israel.
We must prefer to be like Joseph and resist the temptations of our generation, even if it means social rejection and spiritual attack. As Potiphar's wife tried to seduce him daily (Genesis 39:10), so is modern society inundated with sexual temptation and perversion on a daily basis. So are we called to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23).
If these sexual dysfunctions could attack even our forefathers in the faith, how much should we understand the universal nature of sexual temptation that is common to all men (I Corinthians 10:13)! This is not an excuse to commit sin, but an exhortation to resist it. Let us take their examples as motivation to be overcomers by the Spirit of Holiness and in the name of Yeshua (Jesus).
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