Every once in a while when I read the Bible, I come across events that happened in the Bible that I find amusing and have to laugh at, but then after thinking about it I have to recognize those situations were really serious. Here are six such incidents:
Aaron & the golden calf
In Exodus 32:19-24, after God sends Moses back to the Israelite camp from the top of Mt. Sinai, Moses confronts Aaron about why Aaron made the golden calf to lead the people into idolatry. Aaron’s response was “I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.” Aaron basically made the excuse that the golden calf just popped out of the fire on its own. Funny how we can come up with excuses for our sins by placing the blame elsewhere.
Elisha exposes Syrian war secrets
In 2 Kings 6:8-20, Syria’s king started a war with Israel and every plan he made to ambush Israel was thwarted when God revealed Syria’s plans to Elisha. Elisha then revealed those plans to the king of Israel. When Benhadad, the king of Syria, realized the king of Israel was able to avoid his traps, he wondered who the traitor in his camp was.
One of his men told him, “None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.” That’s hilarious! But then Benhadad sends an army against Elisha. What happens next is hilarious also, but you can read that part on your own.
Haman the Agagite inadvertently honors Mordecai the Jew, his nemesis
Haman was an advisor to King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) of Persia and he loathed Mordecai the Jew, who was a gatekeeper at the king’s palace, because Mordecai refused to bow down to him or show him respect. So Haman plotted to destroy all the Jews.
In the midst of Haman’s plotting, the king asked Haman in Esther 6 “What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour?” Ahasuerus wanted to honor the man who had saved his life several years before and that man was Mordecai the Jew. But Haman, so full of himself, thought the king was talking about him, so he advised King Ahasuerus to treat the man like royalty with royal garments, a royal horse, and a parade through the streets of the city with an announcer proclaiming his greatness.
The king then told Haman (my paraphrase here), “Yeah, everything you just said to me, go and do that for Mordecai the Jew ASAP.” Can you imagine? So Haman did it! And after the parade ended, he ran home crying to his wife and friends like a mopey little spanked toddler. Too funny! But what wasn’t funny was Haman’s insatiable thirst for revenge that followed.
It’s so great how God turns evil plotters and their plots right on their heads when they come against his children.
God tells Ezekiel to cook a meal using human waste
Ezekiel was what I would call a “live performance prophet” among the Jews who were led into captivity in Babylon. God often told the prophet to do things as an example of the judgments he would bring against Judah. One such performance involved the preparation of a specific meal to illustrate how the children of Israel would eat defiled bread among the Gentiles.
For that meal in Ezekiel 4, God told Ezekiel to bake barley cakes on a fire fueled by human feces. Nasty! Ezekiel reasoned with God on this one and God gave him permission to use cow’s dung instead for the sake of being kosher. According to the Mosaic law, it’s okay to cook using the feces of cattle, but not the feces of humans. Personally, I wouldn’t want to use either one.
Possessed man beats up seven men out of their clothes
This is an amusing event to let us know, firstly, that one shouldn’t use the name of Jesus to cast out a devil if you don’t know him and secondly, that it isn’t a good idea to underestimate devils as if they’re a play thing to be used to glorify yourself. In Acts 19, there were many unbelieving Jews who saw the wonders that God was doing through Paul. Seven of these Jews, who were sons of a Jewish priest named Sceva, assumed they could do what Paul did and tried to cast a devil out of a possessed man.
The devil answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” In other words, they didn’t have the spiritual authority that comes by a relationship with the Lord Jesus to cast this devil out. The next thing you know, he jumped them and beat all seven of them so bad, they didn’t have any clothes left on when they ran away. How embarrassing! It would be funny if abusing the Lord’s name and an evil spirit weren’t involved.
Satan’s failed attempt to destroy the sun-clothed woman with a flood
In Revelation 12, we are given a spiritual example of Satan’s attack against God’s remnant in Israel, who are portrayed as a woman clothed with the sun who has a crown of 12 stars. When he failed to devour the man child (the Lord Jesus) who she gave birth to, he went after her.
But she was given two eagle’s wings to fly away from him. As she was flying away, he unleashed a flood of water from his mouth in an attempt to wash her away, but the earth came to her aid and swallowed up his flood and she escaped. It would be so funny how Satan loses again and again when he tries to destroy God’s people, if he weren’t such a devil.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–