Funny Stories and Verses in the Bible

The Debate About Humor and Laughter in the BibleSome would say laughter and humor are not in the Bible because it is God’s Word and holy. D. Martyn Lloyd Jones said canada goose coats on sale in his book Sermon on the Mount that Jesus Canada Goose sale never laughed because it was not recorded; that His ministry, mission and the message were too serious for the Savior to be joking around and laughing. Just because it wasn’t recorded does not mean Christ did not experience and enjoy light hearted moments. I always see him around the campfire in the evenings with the disciples uk canada goose outlet with a little friendly teasing or reflecting on a humorous situation or person they’d buy canada goose jacket cheap observed that day. Could and did Jesus canada goose uk outlet play with the children without joy and laughter?

Christ also used the humor of irony and the absurdity of human thinking and behavior buy canada goose jacket to make a point with more impact. He did not use humor to get a laugh just for the sake of making people laugh. His purpose was to present the truth in such a way that people would “get it” best.

Laughter and humor are given to us by canada goose God, meant to be used and enjoyed in the appropriate time and manner. Laughter can be an expression of joy and gladness, or amusement with people, places, and things. Laughter or humor that is approved in the Bible is always reverent.

Psalm 126 tells the story of the Israelites returning to Zion after seventy years of captivity in Babylon “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.” In contrast, we read in Psalm 137 the story of when they were being led away to captivity. canada goose uk shop They were utterly bereft to be leaving their homeland for what they felt would be forever: “By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion.”

Ecclesiastes 3:4 tells us there is “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

Some stories are not funny as in hilarious, but funny odd, or strange. I rather love odd and strange. canada goose factory sale God creates odd and strange things in His creation. But human behavior can be odd too.

My purpose is not to mock, scorn, or deride the Word of God, or Christ, who is the Word. But simply to appreciate the humorous presentation of truths, and the observation of the foibles of man, and the odd circumstances that come about in people and life.

So here I will share stories and verses, both Old and New Testament, that are quirky, humorous and/or amusing. Hope you enjoy!

Knock knock, who’s there? is a powerful story, but I Canada Goose Jackets have to say, there are some very comedic moments.

We get the backdrop for this story in verses 1 more info 4 which tell us that Herod had canada goose clearance recently been on a rampage, and the Apostle James had been killed by the sword of Herod. This murder so pleased the people that Herod decided throwing Peter in prison would really make them appreciate him. But he didn’t just throw him into a cell like any other prisoner, he assigned four squads of canada goose clearance sale soldiers to keep watch over him until after passover when it would then be acceptable to the Jews to deal with Peter properly.

The fact that James had been martyred had of course shaken this early Church up pretty bad. No longer were they secure in their freedom to worship. Following Jesus could cost them their lives. When they heard about Peter being imprisoned, verse 5 tells us “But constant prayer was offered up for him by the Church.” This wasn’t a brief little fifteen or even sixty minute prayer meeting. Canada Goose Online No, it was constant prayer, earnest, diligent, agonizing prayer.

While this prayer was going up, five funny things happened:

1. The Angel of the Lord appeared in Peter’s cell. Peter was so dead to the world that the Angel of the Lord had to whack him on the side, and raise him up to the standing position. I canada goose store can Canada Goose Parka almost see the Angel of the Lord shaking him saying, “C’mon Peter, wake up here. Peter! Wake up and get dressed.” Peter wiped canada goose coats the sleep from his eyes and put on his clothes. It gets funnier.

2. Peter was still so half asleep, that he wasn’t sure whether he was dreaming, having a vision, or if it was really all happening. The Angel of the Lord lead him past all the sets of guards, supernaturally unseen, and the iron gate opened of it’s own accord just like our modern stores and office buildings with automatic doors, only this was no electronic wonder, but the power of God. As soon as they were out on the street, Peter was on his own, as the Angel left him standing there.

3. The Bible says “And when Peter had come to himself, he canada goose uk black friday said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me.” It took that long for him to figure out something supernatural had just happened and that guy dragging him out the prison doors was the Angel of the Lord Himself?

Isn’t it interesting that Peter could sleep so soundly at a time like that. I mean his dear friend James had just met a violent demise by the hands of Herod. And there was no question Herod had plans for Peter after passover. And yet, Peter slept like a baby. Kind of reminiscent of the time Jesus was asleep in the bow of the boat during a life threatening storm.

4. Now we have the knock knock incident. Peter made his way, undisturbed, back to canadian goose jacket where his friends were fervently and continuously praying for his protection and release. He knocked on the door of the gate. The servant girl, Rhoda, came to answer and was so excited to see him, she just left him there with the gate still closed, to go tell the others he was there. Can you imagine? After all the hours of being imprisoned under the circumstances of recent events, he finally made it home, canada goose black friday sale and Canada Goose Coats On Sale he got the door slammed in his face by a ditzy servant girl.

Hmm, this is a dilemma. So he just kept knocking, and knocking. Meanwhile, Rhoda told everyone with effervescent joy and excitement, “Peter’s here. Peter’s here. He’s at the gate.”

5. They told her she was crazy. “No way. You’re off your rocker.” God was answering their prayers but they wouldn’t believe it when it happened. But she was insistent so they finally went to see for themselves. Sure enough, there he was, and he told them his story.

Isn’t also funny how when we travail in prayer so earnestly for such a long, intense, time period we are astounded and disbelieving when God answers our prayers? Go figure!

Don’t Mess With Bald ProphetsThis is an amusing, good lesson for disrespecting a man of God. Listen up, you rabble rousing youth.

We find this amusing story in.

The prophet Elisha, protg of the late prophet Elijah, was walking down the road to Bethel, minding his own business, when a group of hoodlums gathered nearby and started mocking him about his baldness problem. This was not just a group of three, five, cheap Canada Goose or even ten youths there were forty two.

“Go up, you bald head. Go up you bald head,” they mocked.

Being a prophet of God, one would think he would have called down fire from heaven or have them properly stoned. But his creative mind made up for his lack of hair. He called down a curse, a likely thing for a prophet to do; however the unusual curse was calling in two angry, female bears who proceeded to take on all forty two young rabble rousing youths and mauled every last one of them.

David and Saul in the Men’s RoomThe first time I read this I laughed out loud. I was actually kind of surprised to find uk canada goose it. But humans do funny things, and the story serves a purpose, in a creative sort of way.

In, David and his men had found refuge from Saul’s Canada Goose online pursuit to kill him in the oasis of En Gedi. David and Canada Goose Outlet his men were camping out in the deep recesses of a cave. Unaware cheap canada goose uk of this, King Saul just happened to step into that very cave to relieve himself (yes, you heard right, he was relieving himself).

At the back of the cave, David’s men were saying, “David, this is your chance. The Lord is giving you an opportunity to avenge yourself.” Rather than slay the king, David snuck up close and unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s royal robe while Saul was relieving canadagooseonlineshop himself.

It soon came about that David was stricken with guilt for doing this improper thing against the Lord’s anointed. Although David knew that King Saul was not in God’s favor because of his wicked ways, David respected the fact that until God chose to take Saul out of commission, he was still the anointed king of Israel, put into power by God Himself. Thus we have a very guilt ridden fugitive, David, the man after God’s own heart.