This morning the Bible class I’m in had a whirlwind tour of several Old Testament prophets, brilliantly led by teacher/elder Steve Stevens.
One of them was Jonah, and in hitting the highlights of the book, it struck me funny that the penitent Ninevites not only repented in sackcloth and ashes, but dressed up their animals and cattle that way as well. So when God closes His explanation for saving them to Jonah, He says: “Shouldn’t I be concerned about Ninevah? I have 120,000 people there who don’t know their left hand from their right … not to mention all those cows!”
That, on the heels of (previous post) recalling the words of Jesus in Matthew 23 for those who tithed their herbs but neglected justice, mercy, and faithfulness: “You blind guides! You strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!”
Now there’s a couple of mental pictures.
Then there’s that small camel joke Jesus makes after the rich young man walks away, even after seeing such love in His eyes: “It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” That’s the kind of joke that just goes right through your heart, though. It must have been told through tears as the young man walked away … an attempt to lift the mood and communicate truth at the same time. Not a knee-slapper.
But some of God’s one-liners are truly a hoot.
Have any favorite ones?