Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
"How could I commit this great badness and actually sin against God?" (Genesis 39:9)
Joseph knew God’s standard for marriage—one man for one woman, the two being “one flesh.” And he had likely heard of how Abimelech felt on learning that Rebekah was married—that to take her would be wrong, bringing guilt on his people. And, yes, Jehovah blessed the outcome in that case, showing his view of adultery. Joseph’s knowing all of that likely reinforced the proddings of his inherited conscience, moving him to reject sexual immorality. (Genesis 2:24; 12:17-19; 20:1-18; 26:7-14) Today, we have the entire Bible from which to learn our Father’s thinking and feelings, including what he approves of and what he forbids. The more we are immersed in the Scriptures, the closer we can draw to God and be like him. As we do that, the urgings of our conscience will likely come ever closer to our Father’s thinking. They will be more and more in harmony with his will.—Ephesians 5:1-5.
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/07, 1:16, 17)