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I hope you laugh

I am going to ask in advance if you will forgive the last of flash and pizzazz on my next several entries.  Things are incredibly busy and I thought it best to get the “word’ out even if it wasn’t exactly how I would like it. 

Have you ever read the bible looking for humor. It’s there. It doesn’t jump right out at you, but it’s there. Why don’t we see it. There are many reasons. Here are a few I have picked up on.

We are not conditioned to reading it that way.

We lack historical context. “You just had to be there”.

We tend to read the bible in a monotone and stoic voice. While Jesus didn’t do stand up comic routines He did engage in banter and humorous word pictures to gain His audience’s attention.

The Samaritan woman and Jesus were engaging in banter when she says  in Matthew 15:27  But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table”.

Jesus is being funny when he talks about the camel going through the eye of the needle. One theory is the eye of the needle he speaks is not a sewing needle. It’s a small gate built into the larger gates to the city. Primarily used at night, the small gate offered protection by only allowing one man through at a time. In my research I found several theories about what Jesus meant when talking about the “eye of the needle.” Although they vary, they depict humor and vivid word pictures.

I am writing about this because it’s an important aspect of God’s personality.   God invented humor. God laughs. God is funny. Solomon tells us that laughter is good medicine for the soul. Humor helps us lower our guard and can allow us to better hear his voice. Many of the best sermons I have heard have made me laugh until it hurts. Think of humor as tilling the soil of your heart so God can plant seed that will grow and bear good fruit.

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Some corny biblical jokes.

Q: Why couldn’t anyone play cards on the ark? A: Because the animals were on the deck.

Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married?

A. Ruthless.

Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?

A. German Shepherds.

Q. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?

A. Samson. He brought the house down.

Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?

A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.

Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant law-breaker in the Bible?

A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.

Q. What do you call 500 tax collectors at the bottom of the Red Sea?

A. A good start.

Two Pharisees walk into a bar…

Why did the Sadducee cross the road?…

How many Pharisees does it take to change a light bulb?…

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