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Few of us are familiar with the culture Jesus lived in. In our culture, most humor is based on joke telling, verbal ambiguities, and physical comedy. Jewish humor often employed witty hyperbole—clever, startling, over-the-top statements—to get a laugh. Jesus certainly never employed the caustic humor of late-night comedians who ridicule the weak minded or the unfortunate. But He did make hypocrites in positions of power the brunt of his wit.

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Few of us are familiar with the culture Jesus lived in. In our culture, most humor is based on joke telling, verbal ambiguities, and physical comedy. Jewish humor often employed witty hyperbole—clever, startling, over-the-top statements—to get a laugh. Jesus certainly never employed the caustic humor of late-night comedians who ridicule the weak minded or the unfortunate. But He did make hypocrites in positions of power the brunt of his wit.

There are numerous passages. Once we realize that Christ was not always engaged in pious talk, we have made an enormous step on the road to understanding [1]. Did humor come into the universe as the result of sin? As I share in my book Happiness , we have a sense of humor because as His image bearers, we are similar to God, who enjoys laughter. People who worked the ground in that culture surely smiled at the self-evident answers. No one would do anything so obviously self-promoting.

Jesus was not telling jokes but painting mental pictures with a humorous, satirical sting. Then think of the approving smiles of the poor and oppressed in the crowds who finally saw someone unafraid to confront these pseudospiritual false shepherds.

Jesus was poking fun at a vicious, immoral, murderous tyrant by comparing him not to a lion or a bear but to a fox! The more miserable, the more spiritual—or so they supposed.

This graphic word picture might have prompted outright laughter. Jesus also used exaggeration for comedic effect. Straining out a gnat would have been hard work for anyone—but impossible for the blind.

And what could be more ridiculous than swallowing a camel? This odd and pithy statement undoubtedly caused laughter to erupt. Consider the parable of the talents in Matthew Jesus depicts a wealthy man who hands over one to five talents to various servants. Jesus took hyperbole—a rhetorical art form—to a new level in His story about the king who loaned one of his servants ten thousand talents see Matthew , an amount so ludicrous it defied comprehension, since the average person made one talent every twenty years.

Then Jesus said another servant owed the forgiven servant one hundred denarii see Matthew Those who heard Jesus speak knew His keen humor—and they were endeared to Him. The humor of Jesus is far more apparent if we understand His culture and engaging personality.

Photo: Pixabay. By Randy Alcorn August 5, Pinterest facebook twitter gplus. You might also like. Exploring the Happiness of Jesus article. Because she believed it was blasphemous to make Jesus appear happy!

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