Daily Archives: January 12, 2009

Does God have a sense of humor?

This question comes up both in serious and lighthearted conversations quite a bit.  I always answer with, “Yes, I believe He does.”  Now, we have to be careful and not “see” God as human, in the sense that He is so far above mere “human” status that He is indeed fundamentally different than us (not going into the deep theological considerations of the Trinity here).  Having said that, there isn’t a believer out there that will convince me that they haven’t felt God either being amused, or outright chuckling at something we humans have done.

We get such a clear picture of Christ’s humanity in the scriptures, one can feel humor in certain passages.  Also, we have different writers including humorous incidents.  I recently had someone point out this passage from Kings, from a different translation, and it is pretty funny, at least from my perspective;

1 Kings 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

This is of course after Elijah took on the prophets of Baal in a bit of a “dare.”  Baal failed to “show up” and light a sacrifice fire, and that was Elijah’s reply.  The interesting thing is that the word translated “pursuing” here, is the Hebrew word  siyg.  It can also mean to go off privately to relieve oneself…  Heh.  They story ends with Elijah calling upon the Lord to light his pyre, after it had been trenched out and doused with water…God’s fire consumed everything present on the pyre, including the water gathered in the trenches.

God gave us a sense of humor for sure, and we are made in His image.  We all love being around people that have a good sense of humor, and are often put off by those that don’t, or those that have a truly mean sense of humor.  Irony, sarcasm, outright jokes…they all add a bit to our lives.  What believer hasn’t imagined having a good laugh with Jesus at one point or another?

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

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