Humor is completely human and Scripture would be remiss not to include it. We laugh, use sarcasm and puns. God does the same thing. If we are a linguist, we will see sarcasm and puns all through Scripture.
When I studied the book of Job at Freed-Hardeman, Dr. Clyde Woods had a lot of fun with the book. He was deep, penetrating, compassionate and tender.
He pointed out Job 12:2 and shared how much humor he found in it. Job sarcastically refers to his “friends” and says, “No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you!” I find that to be truly funny. But through the fifteen years that have passed, brethren never laugh at that passage when I mention it. I don’t know if they just don’t get it or they fear that laughing would be sacrilegious. I fear it is a little of both. If it is the latter, we have developed a misunderstanding of God.
As I have said, I listen to the New Testament on CD and I picture Jesus smiling and laughing often. When Nathanael meets Jesus in John 1:43-51, I imagine Jesus laughing and putting his arm around Nathanael before he says verse 50. Maybe he even walked a little farther and turned and faced him and said verse 51, which was more serious. Anyway, I imagine Jesus laughing. What is wrong with that? Nothing.
I appreciate the other input the Fellows have given on this nudge. I hope others will add their thoughts. Let us always laugh. It is a gift of God. 🙂