Silent in the Face of Injustice

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Genesis 39

And the high priest . . . asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men

testify against you?” But he remained silent and made no answer. (Mark 14:60-61)

In Genesis 39 Joseph is in Egypt, serving as a slave in the house of Potiphar. Potiphar’s wife wants Joseph to commit adultery with her, but knowing that such an act is against God’s law, Joseph refuses and thereafter avoids her. But Potiphar’s wife is persistent, and she finally sees her chance when no one else is in the house except Joseph.

Joseph escapes her clutches, but the woman lies to her husband. Because of terrible injustice, Joseph is thrown into prison for a crime/sin he did not commit. But he silently bears his sentence and remains faithful to the Lord, even there in prison.

Joseph’s silence in the face of injustice is a picture of Jesus, who likewise suffered grave injustice. Jesus was charged before the authorities with serious crimes against the emperor—crimes he did not commit. Yet, “like a lamb that is led to the slaughter . . . so he opened not his mouth” (Isa. 53:7). He silently bore his pain.

He accepted this great injustice in order to fulfill his calling to be the Savior of mankind. It was not because of his own sins that he was crucified, but because of our sins. Through his sacrifice on the cross he made atonement for us.


Lord Jesus, thank you for bearing the punishment of my sins. Help me to live faithfully for you until the end of my days. Amen.