I’ve been thinking lately about humor in general. I, like Lizzy Bennet, “dearly love to laugh”, and wondered if and where jokes or sarcasm is in the Bible. I’ve only thought of 2 places so far. Can you guys think of anywhere else?

  1. Elijah mocks the prophets of Baal: 1 Kings 18:27, At noon Elijah mocked them. He said, “Shout loudly, for he’s a god! Maybe he’s thinking it over; maybe he has wandered away; or maybe he’s on the road. Perhaps he’s sleeping and will wake up!”
  2. Jesus and Nathaniel: John 1:45-50

45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.


“Come and see,” said Philip.

47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”

48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

49Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”

50Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree.

[if this were written in modern language it would read “…under the fig tree?!?! LULZ!!”]

You shall see greater things than that.” 51He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

So that’s all I have at the moment. Since we’re created in the image of God, I have to imagine He has a sense of humor — but I’ll confess, I don’t see it many places in the Bible. I’d really like to think that Jesus sat around with his disciples sometimes, reliving inside jokes and maybe doing an impression or two of the pharisees, but maybe I’m wrong. Of course it was an immensely serious thing Jesus came to Earth to do, but did he always have a straight face? The line with Nathaniel really COULD have been less of a joke than I’m making it out to be…I don’t want to force anything.

And maybe it’s good that the Bible isn’t littered with humor. I mean, would we take it seriously? We turn to the Bible for truth and for hope — maybe it’s good there’s nothing to…cheapen it.