Some 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?