Posted by: Michelle Knoll | October 10, 2012

Thirty-One Days of Hearing His Voice {Day 10} – Does the Lord Have a Sense of Humor?

Well, what do you think?  Does He have a sense of humor?  Or is He serious all the time?

I know a lot of people say there are certain things in creation that give witness to the fact that the Lord has a sense of humor.  They say we should consider the dodo bird, or the duck-billed platypus as examples of His humor.  And I bet you could think of certain things in nature that hint at the Lord having a humorous nature.  But is nature the only way we can see any His humor?  Is there anything in God’s Word that shows us the humorous side of the Lord?

I think so.  And I think the following passage is a great example:

The Faith of the Canaanite Woman – Matthew 15:21-28

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.”  Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”  He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”  The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.  He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”  “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”  Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Imagine the scene.  Jesus is with His disciples, and suddenly there’s this woman hollering after them.  But Jesus didn’t say anything at first.  He was so silent that his disciples finally spoke up and asked Him to “do something!” about the woman.

So Jesus plainly says to them, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”  Was He being prejudiced?  No, I don’t think so.  He is Love, and Love doesn’t contain prejudice.  No, He knew their thoughts.  He knew their opinions of this woman.  Perhaps He was waiting on one of His disciples to bring the woman to Him.  Perhaps He was waiting to see if they would show this woman the Love of God, and allow her to enter their personal space.  So even his comment made to His disciples shows a wee bit of humor.  It was as if He was telling them, “Well, of course, you know best, right?”  Can’t you see Him smiling at them just a little bit as He says this?  (And can’t you see them squirming because they realized He knew what they were thinking?)

And He knew her thoughts.  Perhaps He was waiting for her to be bold enough to come right up to Him.

But imagine the scene from the point where she finally breaks through their personal space, kneels at His feet, and pleads for His help.  He tells her that bread shouldn’t be taken from children and given to dogs.  And what does she do?  She responds to the tone of His voice.  She hears it: the tiny little bit of humor that says “I’m trying to show them how wrong their attitude is.”  Oh, she doesn’t hear prejudice or judgment at all.  So she responds: “True, but even the dogs get to eat the crumbs.”

In her response, the woman didn’t deny the reality of her position, but she showed that she knew something about dogs.  They’re welcome at the table, and often obtain food from the children eating, and even from the parents!  So as she makes her final defense, there’s a look that is shared between the two of them.  It’s their own little private joke, as the disciples look on.  And as He looks in her eyes, He sees the faith that He so desires for all His disciples to have.

It’s not outrageous humor, but it’s humor, nonetheless.  And the woman’s daughter is healed, right at that moment.

Let’s leave the second example for tomorrow, and let this one simmer in our hearts for a while.

Happy 10th day of the month!

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