a. Temptation invites temptation. We come to the second part of verse 6 where we are told that Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. So all around, he is just a good-looking guy. And after some time Potiphar’s wife “cast her eyes on Joseph and said, ‘lie with me.’” What was her first problem? She cast her eyes on Joseph. She allowed herself to be tempted by the handsomeness of Joseph. She did not do as Job did who said that he made a covenant with his eyes not to gaze upon a woman. She was not only tempted to sin but she embraced that sin. In verse 10 we are told that she would do this day after day. Her temptation led her to invite Joseph into the temptation. Often this is how sin works and why bad company corrupts good morals. The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about a woman like this. Proverbs 5:3-6, “For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end, she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.” Day after day Potiphar’s wife tried to capture Joseph with her eyelashes as Proverbs 6:25 says. b. Wickedness and sin against God. It is in this temptation that we find the godliness of Joseph. When tempted by Potiphar’s wife, he rebukes her. He argues that her husband has put him in charge of everything in the household, in fact, they are equals. The only thing that Potiphar kept for himself was his wife. Then Joseph asks a question. We might expect him to say, “How could I do this great wickedness and sin against Potiphar since he has done all this for me?” But he doesn’t. He says, “How can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” That is good theology. In that question, he acknowledges that God is the cause of his blessing, and to commit adultery would be a sin against God himself. As David would say, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil.” To sin with Potiphar’s wife would be a direct assault against God. Joseph is not fearing man, he is fearing God. “With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him,” (Proverbs 7:21) until one day all the other men on the house were outside working and Joseph came inside to work. Potiphar’s wife, who is not the least bit dissuaded by Joseph’s rebukes tries to force herself upon him and grabs his garment. Joseph fights against her, slips out of his garment, and makes a run for it. According to Solomon, Joseph has made wisdom his sister and insight his intimate friend.