Exercise The Same Faith That Moved Abraham To Obey God

Exercise The Same Faith That Moved Abraham To Obey God

Genesis 12 – 25

POY! SKIT GUIDELINES:

  • In a small group, participants might simply read their lines, or glance at their lines to get the idea so they can speak in their own words.
  • Most POY! skits require no practice in advance.
  • Have any small children play a brief part. Most scripts have an optional part for children, listed last under Participants.
  • Most scripts have a Narrator who should read the script beforehand to see how to keep moving the story along.
  • It is not necessary to employ costumes and objects, unless the skit recommends such.
  • It is not required to have an audience watch the skit. All present may participate.
  • Scripture and paraphrases, if any, usually appear in bold.

PARTICIPANTS:

Abraham, who also serves as Narrator
Voice (of God)
Lot

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults who want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

SCRIPT:

Abraham

My name was simply “Abram” when we lived in Haran. Our neighbors were pagan idolaters. God spoke to me and sent me from there on a journey that would change the course of all mankind. I went by faith, because God did not even tell me what the destination was.

Voice

Abram, leave your country and your relatives and go to a land that I will show you.

Abraham

I will do as you say, Sir.

Lot

Hey, uncle Abram, don’t forget me, your nephew Lot! Let me go with you. I may be of some help. You’re too old for a long trip alone ? seventy-five years!

Abraham

Our families and servants travel for many months and settle in Canaan.

Lot

Uncle Abram, my herdsmen keep arguing with yours over who gets best land to graze their cows and sheep. What can we do?

Abraham

You choose the better territory. Go ahead. I just want to avoid strife.

Lot

Okay! I choose the valley by the Jordan River!

Abraham

My nephew Lot chooses the most fertile land, but God blesses me because I trust in Him and call on His name.

Lot

I like city life. I’ll move my family to the wealthy city of Sodom. Its people are a wee bit wicked, but the city offers ample pleasures.

Abraham

Soon thereafter, five kings form an army led by King Chedorlaomer, and capture the city of Sodom where Lot chose to live. They carry off a huge amount of valuable plunder, making the five kings very rich! Oh, who is this coming all tired out and limping? He tells me he’s a fugitive that escaped. He says Chedorlaomer captured Lot, his family and neighbors in Sodom, put them in chains and made them slaves. Lot, his wife and children are slaves! Slaves!

Prompter & Companions

Slaves! Slaves!

Abraham

Herdsmen and servants, arm yourselves! We’re going after those five kings to rescue Lot and his family. I’ve trained you to fight. The time has come. We are only three hundred and eighteen servants against a huge host, but we will fight by faith ? and a little bit of subtlety. We’ll divide our forces by night, and ambush them. To battle!

Prompter & Companions

To battle! To battle!

Abraham

My servants do as I said. We pursue the five kings northward beyond Damascus, a very long way. Look, men, they are fleeing.

Prompter & Companions

They are fleeing. Fleeing!

Abraham

Thank God for victory! We rescue Lot and all the captives and seize back the plunder that those five kings had stolen from Sodom. Hurrah!

Prompter & Companions

Hurrah! Hurrah!

Abraham

On our way back, another king, Melchizedek, who is also a priest of the most high God, brings out bread and wine for my exhausted and hungry troops. He lays his hands on me and says, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High who possesses heaven and earth; and blessed be the Most High who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” Praise the Most High!

Prompter & Companions

Praise the Most High! Praise the Most High!

Abraham

My lord and king, I give you a tenth of all that I have recaptured. Oh, look! Here comes the king of Sodom. He looks a bit afraid. Oh, he’s begging me to give him the people I freed but to keep the goods for myself.”

Voice

Careful, Abraham!

Abraham

Sir, King of Sodom, “I swore to the Lord God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, that I would not take a thread, a sandal thong or anything that’s yours, for fear you’d say that you made me rich.”

Voice

That’s right, Abraham!

Abraham

King of Sodom, take back all the plunder that’s yours. I’ll keep only what my men have eaten. I trusted God to win the battle, so I can take no credit, and I do not covet what belongs to you. In God we trust.

Voice

In God we trust. In God we trust.

Voice

Abram, I have promised to multiply your descendants into a great nation, and to bless all nations through a descendant.

Abraham

But Lord, how can all this be? My wife Sarah and I have grown too old to have children. Lord, let my steward Eliezer be my heir, for he was born in my house.

Voice

No, Abram, one who will come from your own body shall be your heir. Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.

 

Abraham

They are far too many to count, Sir.

Voice

So shall your descendants be.

Abraham

I believe You, Lord! I believe You!

Voice

I count your faith as righteousness. I also change your name to Abraham, Father of Many Nations.

Abraham

That is not the end of my story. All the rest of the Bible, every word, is the record of God fulfilling His promises to me.

DISCUSS:

Why did God count Abraham as a righteous man?

(Good answer: because of his faith, not his works.)

Describe the cause and effect between having faith and doing good works. Which led to which in Abraham’s case?

(Good answer: Abraham’s faith led him to do good deeds.)

What other things, besides rescuing Lot, did Abraham do that showed great faith?

(Good answers:

    • Abraham left his land to obey God, journeying to where he did not know.
    • Abraham interceded with the Lord for Lot and his family when God was about to rain fire down on Sodom.
    • Abraham offered His son Isaac as a sacrifice in obedience to God’s command, believing that God would raise Isaac from the dead. Isaac was Abraham’s  only son and heir through whom God’s promise would be fulfilled. Just as Abraham was raising his knife to slay Isaac, God stopped Abraham and let him kill a ram instead that had become trapped in a nearby bush.)

The book of Hebrews says Melchizedek was a type of Christ. What was the similarity?

 (Good answers:

    • Melchizedek did not become a high priest because of his ancestry, as the all Levitical priests did. Melchizedek was a priest by God’s will.
    • Melchizedek also received tithes from Abraham, the greatest of all the patriarchs. In that culture, paying tithes showed that Abraham considered Melchizedek to be greater than himself.)

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