Humour in the Bible

Psalm 2:4 (KJV)

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

 

People seem to get upset when I tell them that there are funny moments in the Bible, as though the very idea of humour is blasphemous. But as this post points out, God definitely has a sense of humour. So why wouldn’t it be included in His Book? The one He inspired. Below are three of my favourite humourous stories in the Bible. Starting with the most well-known.

Samson’s Pun

Samson, who was gifted with incredible strength as long as he never cut his hair, was an enemy of the Philistines. At one point an entire army came to kill him, but he picked up the jaw bone of a donkey and slayed them all. Then he famously said, “With the jaw of a donkey, I have made donkeys of them”. Or as the King James Version says,

Judges 15:15-16 (KJV)

And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.

Raiders of the Lost Ark…kind of

This story is actually told in three parts. The Ark of the Covenant was the item the Israelites used to win their battles against their enemies. It was essentially like carrying God around without actually carrying Him around. That’s a bad description, but hopefully you get what I’m saying.

Anyway, during a particularly nasty battle, the Philistines managed to steal the Ark. This seemed like a major victory to them, because the Israelites ended up losing the battle, and some important people ended up dying.

But the Philistines quickly found out that that wasn’t the best idea they could have done. The statue of their god, Dagon, fell over. When they set it up, it fell over again the following morning, and this time the head and hands had cleanly broken off. As you can imagine, the Philistines were afraid and took the Ark out of the city and into the country.

However, that wasn’t enough. The Philistines were hit with plagues. After seven months, they put the Ark on a cart and had it sent back to the Israelites.

 

Peter’s Ghost

Now one from the New Testament. King Herod set out to kill Peter, as he knew that would please the Jews. So he had Peter captured and held captive for a long time. Meanwhile the Church was praying for his safe return at Mary’s house. One night, while Peter slept in his cell with two guards on watch in front of his cell, an angel woke him up and said to follow. Scripture even says that Peter was hoping that this was really happening and not just a dream.

Acts 12:9 (KJV)

And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

When he was out of the prison, he went back to Mary’s house. But when he knocked on the door, instead of letting him in immediately, they grew afraid because they thought Peter was dead and that his ghost was at the door. Eventually, of course, they let him in, and he had to explain what happened.

Acts 12:13-16 (KJV)

And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel. But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

There are many other funny moments in Scripture, but these are my three favourite ones. If you have a favourite funny verse or biblical story, feel free to share them in the comments.

Chroview: The Case For Christ

*This post will contain minor spoilers. I mean, you already know he converts, but still…*

 

I came across The Case For Christ, and automatically assumed it was a documentary proving the existence of Jesus. Of course I jumped right onto that. Had I stopped to read the description or look up the Wikipedia, I would have seen it was not a documentary, but was, in fact, a biopic on Lee Strobel, a Christian author I’d heard of before, but I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never read.

This film really surprised me. Usually when there is a nonbeliever in a Christian film who converts, it never feels realistic. As was the case in WWJD 2: The Woodcarver, when the kids father randomly goes from angry and bitter to loving and saved between scenes. I’m guessing because The Case For Christ was based on real events, they made his conversion more realistic. He had all the evidence in front of him, yet he still was trying to ridicule it. Even half an hour before the end of the film, he was talking to an expert in a particular field and telling him that the other experts he’d talked to were obviously crazy because their answers weren’t what he was looking for.

When he does eventually believe, it’s in the last five minutes of the film, and when he has all the evidence in from of him on his evidence board and he can see that all of the dots connect perfectly. To be honest, that’s pat of the reason I loved this movie so much. As you can tell by my Archeobiblical series, I am obsessed with this topic, which is why I was so excited to see it (even though I mistakenly thought it was a documentary).

The acting was also worth noting. Lee Strobel was portrayed by Mike Vogel, who was in such well-known films as The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsPoseidonCloverfield, and The Help, as well as playing Deputy Shelby in the first season on Bates Motel. So you know he’s got some talent. It’s nice seeing bigger names in Christian films these days. He scenes of him mocking and tormenting his wife, Leslie Strobel, portrayed by Erika Christensen (Leave It to Beaver [1997], FlightplanHow Sweet It IsTouched by an Angel) are really uncomfortable to watch, and I think that was the point. It makes him realizing what he has done and his apology at the end that much more meaningful, as well as her casually accepting of his apology and forgiving him.

I give this film a 9 out of 10. My descriptions were awful, so I recommend checking this film out. Here’s the Blu-Ray, and here’s the book the film is based on.