Does the Bible ever make you laugh?

Open book against grunge backgroundSome parts of the Bible are funny. Truly. The Bible reflects all parts of life, so why not comedy? Must we always approach the text with the utmost reverence, even when parts we read have comedic value? [Balaam’s donkey – hello!!!] Would anyone deny that God has a sense of humor?

I was reading 1 Corinthians 14 today, and it painted an image on my mind that made me chuckle. Have you ever stopped to think what a church service in Corinth might have looked like?

Maybe someone is reading a letter from Paul but someone else starts speaking in tongues. Unfortunately, no one is there to interpret so no one, not even the person speaking in tongues, can tell what is being said (v9,14). It just so happens that day you decided to bring a friend with you, someone who has never been to church before, and now they think your church is nothing but a bunch of people speaking crazy gibberish (v23). Then, someone else begins to prophesy aloud, but you can’t hear what they are saying because two other people start prophesying too (v31)! And if that wasn’t enough, the woman behind you stands up and yells a question at the pastor while her husband hangs his head in embarrassment (v34).

Now, I’m not saying this is what happened in Corinth, but we can imply from the text that the Corinthian church had all of these problems, because Paul was addressing them. He needed to bring clarification on how God expected members in the church to act. So while we can learn a lot about what God expects from this passage, I think it’s okay to laugh at what might have precipitated it. 🙂

Have any parts of the Bible made YOU chuckle?

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10 thoughts on “Does the Bible ever make you laugh?

  1. oh my goodness, yes. I don’t believe for a second that God is an old, stodgy fellow. He probably played pranks on his buddies, laughed and had a great time. He made us in His image with a sense of humor. I can just imagine the twinkle in His eyes as He played a joke on Peter. He probably had a huge smile on His face when He was standing on the water telling Peter that he was a chicken. ha ha (:

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  2. Actually, if a friend was brought that friend may have understood the tongue without a need for an interpreter. Acts 2 : “6 When they heard this sound (tongues), a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked:” Some people did laugh as the text mentions later on.

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  3. I’ve been rereading from the beginning and using a different translation than usual just to get a different perspective. And yes, I’ve been chuckling. It’s not always something funny-funny either – but things like, “didn’t this already happen with his father? and grandfather? does no one learn from their elders’ mistakes?”, etc.

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        1. That whole thing is why I ended up in seminary. I thought – if our patriarchs were so great, why were they doing such weird things. I must be missing something. See – God does have a sense of humor. I know that when he sent the JW’s to my door when I took the class on Trinitarianism. 😉

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  4. Funny, (;)) you should mention this…I re-read Ex.14 the other day in a different translation than my usual, and laughed out loud at God’s reply in verse 16. He was sooo speaking to me. Turned the thoughts into a blog post for Sunday.

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