Happy new month, I pray that you walk into the fullness of the Lord in September!
In Jesus name
Christians can usually come across as very stiff neck no banter kind of people. However, I believe that in taking the things of God serious we should never neglect our human nature which is packed with emotions.
It’s okay to laugh, God is funny. Godforbid I ever try to downplay the things of God or the very nature of God. In upholding the gospel, I will also relate with people may that be through compassion or genuinely being funny. The beauty in evoking laughter with pure jokes, is what Christ offers too.
So to further, share my heart on this I would love to share moments in the Bible that have genuinely made me laugh. I believe that in sharing this you might see things differently and also allow you to understand that for the Bible to record these things, that means these are real stories based on real people recorded by a real God. Without further chit chat let’s dive in.
P.s my sense of humour is described as weird or very different so I hope these bring you joy as they brought me.
I don’t think I have ever laid eyes on a better description of ones features like this before: “Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.”
Genesis 29:17 KJV
Tender eyed? Hahahah what a compliment. I’m sure if the Bible described some of us we would be greatly humbled. In no way am I insulting Leah, I’m just amused by the description!
Onto the next, why I find the next one amusing is because of a meme that surfaced around 2018 of a lady with a knife saying “marry me right now or I die”
I hope you have seen it too. “And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.”
Genesis 30:1 KJV
With KJV language choice it amplifies the situation, however this is no laughing situation as children are the pride and joy of a women. But, you get my drift.
This next one, anchors how great our God is and how he can move in ways we least expect.
“And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon’s house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day.”
1 Samuel 5:4-5 KJV
God doesn’t need men. God is not a man. God doesn’t not need to prove he is God. Come and see people dying by the hand of the Lord. Dagon who? Da gone more like. I recommend reading this whole chapter because it’s just messy mess up on a lot of people’s parts. A little Insight: Men struck with emerods making it difficult for them to walk.
Now, for the kids that grew up on nollywood I will need you to read this next verse in your best African accent and just set up the scene as you are led “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?”
Matthew 13:55 KJV
I’m fully persuaded that a lot of movies are inspired by the Bible but that’s a topic for another day.
I’m a firm believer that Apostle Paul was probably the least favourite person, I love how he rip’s off the bandage and says it as it is. Of course in him doing so I often find myself chuckling. “Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”
1 Corinthians 1:12-13 KJV
I can imagine their heads bowed down in this statement, Hahahah I can’t stop reading this with a genuine African accent too. In all seriousness, we should never put any minister above Christ. No they can’t and won’t be worthy to carry our sins on the cross.
I think we should end on this classic, “And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”
Acts 19:15-16 KJV
Some heroes can’t afford to wear capes because they are counterfeit. Can you image the attitude from this evil spirit and it then proceeds to use them as it’s vessel. Remember that God rewards us in public for what we do in secret. So if you don’t have a relationship with God in secret don’t try to exercise a right that’s not yours in public.
My aim is not to ridicule scripture rather to remind us that we can have an intimate and personal relationship with God where by we can laugh, cry, smile and all sorts with Jesus. He is relational, our High priest was fully human and God so be yourself with him. Enjoy studying the scriptures. The more fun it is the more natural it is. The truth ensures all generations and includes all things.
God bless you, do share with me via Email or whatever it is what you have enjoyed reading whether in a different accent or a different tone. As long as you didn’t dilute the text we good!
Peace and Jesus