The First Principle
Nature Of Temptation
Scheme of Temptation
Excuses for Sin
Strength of Temptation
Character of Potiphar's Wife
Temptation has various strategies and approaches which assists in the destruction of a soul. Sometimes it shows itself subtle rather than overt. Its nature seems to be gentle. Some temptations come upon a soul gently, as to snare it with guile rather than as a strong men raging. Other times temptation shows itself strong and violent. It arises quickly without warning and brings a mans soul into a fierce fight against all manner of lusts. Always, temptation is persistent and works by degrees.
Consider the example and case study of both the persistent subtlety and forcefulness of temptation
"And it came to pass as Potiphar's wife continued day by day to assault Joseph that he harkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her".
Herein we find a constant persistence to defile Joseph. Day by
day. Herein is the strategy of temptation. We may also see another possible
implication in the text as well. The implication suggests that perhaps Potiphar's
wife implies, "Joseph if you would not be with me in the act of sin then just lie
by me for a moment. I.e. Let us curl up together for a moment". This would
show temptation to be also most subtle. As the serpent tempted Eve with subtlety, so
too doth the harlot tempt Joseph.
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