by Jerry Vines

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Joseph: From Prison to the Palace (29 of 34)
Jerry Vines
Genesis 40-41

Joseph has gone to prison under false accusations. Potiphar's wife had accused him of assaulting her and he has gone to prison unjustly. I can almost imagine, as the prison door clanged behind Joseph, that Satan may have whispered in his ear and said, "Where is your God now?"
For about ten years, Joseph spent time in prison as a man who was there under false accusations. Joseph has been falsely accused and he has lost his reputation.
There is a difference between reputation and character. Reputation is what people think you are. Character is what God knows you are. Reputation is what they chip on your tombstone. Character is what the angels say before the throne of God about you. It is possible to lose your reputation, but if you have character, you do not want to lose your character.
Joseph's story is one of the unexcelled stories in the history of the world. It is a story of how God brought Joseph from the prison all the way to the palace. There is no story to compare to it in all of Scripture. One moment he is a prisoner and the next moment he has become the Prime Minister of all of the land of Egypt. It is an unexcelled story of from rags to riches.
When you study the pages of history you will find that there many people who have success stories like this. I think about the Lord Jesus Christ and His is a story of from riches to rags. Second Corinthians 9, verse 8, says, "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be made rich."
The story of the Lord Jesus is one from riches to rags. He came down to the earth. Your story and my story, if we know Jesus Christ as our Savior, is a story of from rags to riches. Jesus Christ came down to the earth in order to make it possible for us to go up to heaven. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came down, became the Son of Man to make it possibl ...

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