Comic relief and horror stories in the bible offer some very laughable and savage tales. Usually we do not search for things that are laughable or frightening when reading, but occasionally it is interesting to do so. The first of these appears in Genesis, chapter 23, verse 33. Moses, happy beyond measure because he was finally going to see God face to face, climbed onto a rock and waited in joyous anticipation for the designated time to come. But, when the time arrived, God refused to face Moses, claiming that no man could see Him face to face and live. Rather than facing Moses, God told him that he would drop his hand and allow Moses to see his backside. So, many centuries before college students ran naked across campus or anyone sat on a copy machine, it appears that God Himself mooned Moses.
Solomon is regarded as one of the wisest men in the bible. Yet, the very size of his family may make one question how wise he actually was. While many of us today are concerned about family planning, and there are even ordinances in place in most, if not all, states regarding how many wives a man can have and how many children can occupy a single bedroom, Solomon went hog wild. He is reputed to have had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. That’s a total of one thousand women. In all his wisdom, it makes one wonder how large a house Solomon had and how he provided for so many wives and their countless offspring.
In the spirit of horror stories told around a campfire, we conclude with a tale so gruesome it is difficult to believe that it is even included in the bible. This horrendous tale is found in Judges, chapter 19, verses 22 through 30. A man and his concubine were wandering the streets when they decided to seek shelter for the night. They found a man who was kind enough to let them stay as his guests. During the night, a group of men came to the door and demanded to see the guest so that they might have sex with him. The owner was not willing to let his guest be raped and so offered them his own virgin daughter instead. But that was still not good enough for the men, so the owner offered them his guest’s concubine and the men accepted. The men raped the woman savagely and left her lying on the doorstep where she bled to death. If that was not enough, when she was found by her husband, he chopped her body up into twelve pieces which he sent to the twelve tribes of Israel. Need we say more?
There are comical, seemingly immoral, horrendously brutal and bizarre stories contained in the bible. Their significance may be interpreted in many ways by biblical scholars. Within these stories, there might be lessons of deep significance. But, isn’t it fun to think that perhaps even God wanted to tell His people a good horror story now and then or give them something to laugh at occasionally?
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock, The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur and Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor. You might also like to read:
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- Daily Bible Guide
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- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series