“For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.” Genesis 40:15
The above verse is Joseph speaking to the butler, after interpreting his dream there in the prison. This is just another example of Joseph’s Christ-likeness. When given the opportunity to tell all the injustices done to him – being hated, cast into a pit and then sold by his brothers; being framed by his master’s mistress; being unjustly cast into prison – Joseph simply claims his innocence. Period.
That is convicting. Oh, how often our flesh longs to declare the mistreatment of others for the sole purpose of making ourselves look good.
A portion of Matthew Henry’s comments are:
“When we are called to vindicate ourselves we should carefully avoid, as much as may be, speaking ill of others. Let us be content to prove ourselves innocent, and not be fond of upbraiding others with their guilt.” ~ Matthew Henry
When injustices come our way – and they will – may we all strive for Christ-likeness.
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth…” Isaiah 53:7
“Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3