There have only been a few times in my past when I really, genuinely enjoyed reading the Bible. I am not talking about that time when you are trying to prove that you’re right/disprove someone else and you happen to find that neat little verse that makes you get that feeling of triumphant victory – Hah! This will show them. That feeling happened a lot in high school (and this makes 1 Corinthians 13:11 come to mind). I am also not talking about that super Christian-high that you get when you’re like “oh yeah, look at me. I just read Philemon.” Now, believe it or not, I am not even talking about that feeling of just trying to get past the last few paragraphs and then going to get your money because your parents offered to pay you to read the Bible (don’t worry, that never happened to me). Now I know what you’re thinking, I must be talking about that “I’m so holy” feeling you get when they award you at Bible camp with some “Bible-Reader” certificate. Nope, not talking about that either.
What I am really talking about is picking up your Bible, reading it, laughing, smiling, remembering it, and then getting slightly disappointed when the book ends because you just want it to keep going. Like the feeling I got when I finished the last book of the Hunger Games trilogy. It’s the awh man, it’s over? I want it to keep going! feeling. Sound familiar to you? Yeah, not to me either.
Usually reading the Bible is a task. A burden. A daily grind. An effort. Then, today, I read the last part of 2 Corinthians. I swear, Paul had ADD. He just had to! There is almost no doubt in my mind. Unless I was just reading it weird, in the last part of his letter to the Corinthians he was going all over the place. I was literally falling down laughing reading some of the paragraphs. I was re-reading other paragraphs amazed at the in-depth ideas and examples. My mind was being blown as I realized I had never heard of many of these verses before. I was seeing new concepts as I read verses I am extremely familiar with, but now I read them in their actual context. It was amazing – I actually enjoyed reading the Bible for the first time in a long time. I even read more than the necessary 9 chapters a day (yes, I am that awesome).
I’m hoping after reading this you’ll go and read 2 Corinthians just out of curiosity. 2 Cor. 11:21 thru 12:1 is probably my favorite (when it comes to hilarity) but you most likely will have to read it all to get the full effect. I mean, I understand the seriousness of what Paul is saying in that passage, but in the verses leading up and when he says ‘I am talking like a madman” just randomly interjected in there, then he goes on a huge rampage of all these terrible things that happened to him and then suddenly is like “Well, I just got to go on boasting. So here comes some more!”
I don’t know – maybe you won’t see it the same way I do. But that is the beauty of scripture, we all see it differently. I may not find any humor in this passage at all a week from now. Who knows. But one thing is for sure, I am so happy to have found humor in scripture. It just makes it a little more real for me.