Sarcasm definitely. Several times when responding to the Pharisees, Jesus asks, "Have you not read the Scriptures?" Of course they had - they're Pharisees, the supposed teachers of the Law.
---Bobby3 on 10/8/08|
Hi, I don't know just how much humor Jesus displayed but when you look, the Bible has a LOT of humor hidden in it! :D For example, when God kept waking up Samuel for the first time, he kept going and waking up old Eli, who finally got the idea and told Samuel how to respond to the call. I think that's hilarious--who of has hasn't had our sleep interuppted lol :D
---Mary on 10/7/08|
God is mostly serious, but he does rejoice. Please read Deuteronomy 30:9, Psalm 2:4, 37:12,13, 59:8, Isaiah 62:5, 65:19, Jeremiah 32:41, Zephaniah 3:17, Luke 10:21, John 11:15.
---Eloy on 10/6/08|
Quite the contrary, the scriptures read, that Jesus was "moved with compassion" for the people, and "Jesus wept".
---Eloy on 10/6/08|
Wherever our Lord Jesus spoke regarding joy, He was already experiencing it!. His joy is our joy. There is nothing like it; it reaches from our heads to our toes. Much more than a quick laugh! There are 163 references in the Bible for "joy" alone not including joyous, joyful, joying. (Concordance). Now doesn't that bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart? Blessings Tracy!!
---Elsie on 8/28/07|
Can not think of any references to joke cracking.
Trust in the Lord & do good;
dwell in the land & enjoy safe pasture.
DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD, & HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART.
GALATIANS 5 especially verses 19-24
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circurstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.......avoid every kind of evil.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:15-22
---barbara67 on 3/27/07|
Think of this: Abraham's wife had a baby when she was 90!!!! And what did they name the baby: Isaac, meaning LAUGHTER!
---sue on 8/4/05|
In Literature there are many types of humor - it is not necessarily telling a joke. Previous bloggers have mentioned some instances tha would be considered "humor" in Lit. The Bible is short and concise - gives the essentials - I think the things recorded do indicate that Christ had a well-developed and wholesome, not inane or silly, sense of humor. And God definitely used humor, eg zebras.
---marya4586 on 7/28/05|
To whom it may concern -
Lighten up was the command so I just thought I would add some humour about myself
God's way to lighten up was not humour but delight in the Lord, rejoice always, a merry heart does good like a medicine, etc
Cast all our cares on the Lord, & he will sustain you; he will not let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22
Matthew 11:30 - For my yoke is easy & my burden is light.
1 Thes.2: 8,9
---barbara67 on 7/26/05|
Plainly Jesus was not a stand up comedian while on the earth. But I'll refer to my former blog. We are like Him in every way but sin, and we have senses of humor, why is it so odd to think that Jesus had one too?
---NVBarbara on 7/26/05|
Barbara: I did not intentionally distort scripture. I resent you suggesting I did. I made it very clear that I could not think of a scripture, but was sharing my perception of Jesus.
I too am overweight. What does that have to do with this?
---Madison on 7/26/05|
I am overweight and am trying to diet. This kind of lighten I need to do!!!!
However, we must understand that there is a difference between what God actually says and what we think God actually says.
You need to understand that distorting Scriptures is what Satan did in Matthew 4
Praying over children is what some teachers never do in 20 years. But praying for them is what Christ did that day.
God bless and rejoice in the Lord always.
---Barbara67 on 7/26/05|
If we are like Him in all ways but sin, then He must've had a sense of humor, we do!
You're warped too Ann, I have always thought that was a funny verse. A good way to get their attention, and ours!
---NVBarbara on 7/25/05|
There is a difference between joy and humor. I think Jesus was filled with joy continually and that resulted in laughter but I can't say He used humor. He didnt need to because He was so already filled with joy. I'm sure God would have made sure some of Jesus humor made it to the bible if he at all used it.
---lisa on 7/25/05|
Look at this imagery: Matthew 23:24
"You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel." NIV. Now that's funny!Here's the same verse from The Message:"Do you have any idea how silly you look, writing a life story that's wrong from start to finish, nitpicking over commas and semicolons?" Living Bible:"Blind guides! You strain your water so you won't accidentally swallow a gnat; then you swallow a camel!"
---Ann5758 on 7/25/05|
Barbara: I prefaced my post with the fact that I did not have scripture.
I have been working with children for over 20 years, and have found it almost impossible not to spend time with them and end up laughing in joy at some of the things they say and do. My Jesus would also laugh with joy with them.
As for chuckling, again, I said this was my perception. Lighten up already.
---Madison on 7/25/05|
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To say that Jesus "chuckled" is not in Scripture. We are doing a biblical interpretive error as some story writers do.
The story in Matthew 19:13-15 reads;
Then little chidren were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and PRAY but the disciples rebuked them.
But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.
---barbara67 on 7/25/05|
In Exodus 32, when Moses confronts Aaron regarding the golden calf....Aaron says "well, i just threw in gold, and out came this calf' how lame an answer was that? how many lame answers do we give???
---casey5399 on 7/25/05|
ooh! ooh! i found another one!: "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in your sight." Luke 10:21.
---Eloy on 7/25/05|
i found one: "Then therefore Jesus said to them plainly, Lazarus died. And I rejoice on your account, that you all believe, because I was not there. But let us go to him." John 11:14,15.
---Eloy on 7/25/05|
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Actually there is no reference to Jesus using humor but check these scrip out. And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel. Neh 8:10 for the joy of the LORD is your strength. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
---mark585 on 7/25/05|
God is the creator of life and I believe that when Jesus walked the earth, He lived life to the fullest. I believe He laughed & danced for joy, rolled in the grass with children, and arm wrestled with the disciplies. Just as we find joy in doing the work of the Lord, I believe that Jesus experienced the same. People are drawn to happy, joyful people and the Bible indicates that the people were drawn to Jesus in droves.
"... THE joy of the Lord is your strength."
---DoryLory on 7/25/05|
The bible speaks often of Jesus gathering children around him. I think it was a combination of love, compassion and some humor that they enjoyed being around Him.
---NVBarbara on 7/24/05|
I can not think of a specific verse, BUT, I will bet you that when He was hanging out with the children he was laughing and enjoying their wonder and innocence.
I can also think of a few instances where He had to have a sense of humor, even if He didn't show it. With Peter's impetuousness, and the brothers arguing over who would sit at his right and left hand, I can see Him chuckling at their foolishness.
---Madison on 7/24/05|