humor in the bible

Category : Esther, bible, humor

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I am off to visit some friends for the weekend, which means time is a little tight today.  But I do have something to leave you with.  Many consider the Bible to be dry, dull, and boring.  And maybe a bit repetitive.  But I am convinced there is humor to be found in the Bible.

Take, for instance, the story of Esther.  Esther was a Jewish woman who found herself the queen of the Persian empire.  She was the queen of Xerxes (you know, the weird looking king from the movie 300).  The Bible tells us that one night Xerxes couldn’t fall asleep.  So instead of turning on late night television, he had “the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign…brought in and read to him” (Esther 6: 1)

I don’t know about you, but whenever I have a hard time falling asleep I like someone to come in and read a book about all my great exploits.

who is God?

Category : 1 Kings, God, choice, faith, fear, taking action

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.  Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19: 11-13)

Sometimes we think of God as so magnificent, so powerful, so amazing that he must exist only in the great big powerful things of the world.  That if we were going to see God, he’d be sitting on a high throne looking down at us.  That his voice would be booming and intimidating.

But that’s not who God is.

Elijah was afraid.  His life had been threatened and he lost his nerve.  He was on the run, scared, hiding, timid.  When God finds him we’re told that mountains were torn apart, earthquakes shook the ground and fire burned.  But God wasn’t in any of that.  God came in the form of a gentle whisper asking a simple question, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

God recognized that Elijah was afraid.  And like a gentle parent he came and whispered, “child, why are you hiding?”

I have a confession to make.  When I read this story I am overwhelmed by emotion.  Because I have been that child.  And God has reached out to me whispering, “don’t be afraid, I am here.”  I am moved because God doesn’t have to bend down to my level.  Yet that’s exactly what he does.  God always stoops to my level, because he loves me.  How can I not love him back?

The world often tells us that things must be big, loud, and aggressive to get attention.  But as Elijah found out, sometimes the most powerful thing in the world can be a gentle whisper.