In two of my previous blogs, I pointed out how Joseph showed certain characteristics of our LORD Jesus Christ, when he went after his brothers and when he was sold as a slave. But more important than those two characters was how he responded when accused of a vile crime.
When Potiphar’s wife accused Joseph of trying to assault her sexually, Joseph decided to keep his mouth shut. Probably in today’s world, it may be considered ‘guilty’ or even ‘cowardice’, but for me, that is the true sign of a gentleman. Joseph did not try to prove his innocence, instead he realized the hand of God working mightily for him even in that situation.
We probably would have tried our best to prove our innocence in such a situation, would have painted that adulteress in vivid colors so that everyone knows about her. But not Joseph.
Also, nobody came to his defense. So, he did not tell others about her advances. Again, in today’s world, he would be considered a ‘loser’, but, no, dear friend. I have seen people posting tweets, Facebook comments, Instagram pictures and what not of things that are supposed to be personal between a man and a woman. It is really sad to see that chivalry is not in fashion anymore.
But, Joseph took the high road. Just like the other Joseph in the Bible – from the New Testament, who decided to divorce his wife secretly, when he found out she was pregnant.
No matter what happens in our life, no matter how much bitterness the other person has caused in our life, there are certain boundaries that we are not supposed to cross. They may really not deserve such a dignified silence, but the dignified silence speaks of your character.
When it gets really tough when someone blames us for something we didn’t do, instead of getting upset over the slander, let us look at the One who endured everything thrown at Him – for our sake. Let us look at Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the World, the Lamb without any blemish. Let us remember how He responded to all the insults, beatings, all the spitting, strikes, slaps… need I continue on that?
When He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously. – 1 Peter 2:23
|Isaiah 1:18““Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
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Posted on November 9, 2013, in Christian Life, Daily Manna, Strong Tower and tagged 1 Peter 2:23, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously, did not revile in return; when He suffered, Genesis 39:14-20, He did not threaten, Jesus Christ, Joseph, Joseph in New Testament, Joseph's brothers, Matthew 1:19, Potiphar's wife, when He was reviled. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.