30 Days of Thanks, day 19- Mercy
During the month of November I am writing about the first thing that I am consciously thankful for each day as a way to be more intentionally grateful. Check out the first one for more information on why I am doing this.
I found a joke in the Bible.
Three Levites walk into a vineyard…
Ok, it was a little more subtle than that. In Exodus 14 Moses had just led God’s people out of Egypt when they suddenly realized that they should have taken a page from Noah’s Maritime Handbook (that was the original Hebrew name for Genesis) because the Red Sea was between them and freedom. Pharaoh’s army was closing in fast…
WAIT A SECOND!!! How dumb was Pharaoh? God had already messed Egypt up ten different times with various forms of wildlife, some weather that warranted more than casual conversation, and a few chemical reactions that would have made Neils Bohr dizzy, but Pharaoh was trying to get the trouble-maker causing all of it to come back. This guy was a few bricks short of a pyramid. His mummy was wrapped too tight. He had some papyrus but the hieroglyphics didn’t stick. I mean, Pharaoh really insisted on learning his lesson the hard way.
….the children of Israel saw the mess they were in, stuck between a rock and a hard head, and decided that was the perfect time to use a little bit of humor to get their point across.
Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? -Exodus 14:11 (ESV)
I’m a big fan of sarcasm, but it should be common knowledge that when your options have been narrowed down to drowning or being impaled by a vindictive king, you should probably remove your tongue from your cheek. Despite the poor timing and the obviously negative attitude with which it was delivered, that was a great line. It was witty and pointed out the irony in their doomed escape from oppression–that dying in the wilderness doesn’t make you any less dead than dying in Egypt.
What makes this story even crazier is that God did the same thing for the Jewish jesters that he had done for the soon-to-be washed up Pharaoh–He gave them another chance. In spite of their complaining and complete lack of faith in the leader God had appointed, He did the impossible in order to keep His promise to them. And He did it again and again and again.
Today, November 19, I am thankful that God is merciful to me despite my faithlessness.
again and again and again