Exercise Faith Like Abraham Did
Based on Genesis 12:1-3; 18:1-19
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.
Abraham (also serves as Narrator)
Voice (of God) Stand to one side, read slowly and loudly.
Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.
Companions (Optional): children and all adults that want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.
|Abraham||I am Abraham. Because of my faith in God, He made a promise to me that changed the course of all human history. Let me tell you how it all started.|
|Abraham||(Look around, up and down, in every direction, confused.) Who called my name?|
|Voice||Leave your country, your relatives and your father’s house. Go to the land that I will show you. I will make you grow into a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great.|
You will be a blessing; I will bless all who bless you, and curse all who curse you. In you, all the families of the earth will be blessed.
|Sarah||(Speak to the audience.) Well, my husband Abraham obeys. I am Sarah, his wife. It is a long, hard trip. Hundreds of miles over dangerous lands, with all our flocks and relatives! We have many sheep. Just hear them crying Baaa!|
|Abraham||The Lord appears again to me by the oaks of Mamre. I am resting by my tent door in the heat of the day when I look up. Hey! Where did those three men come from? This is strange! They look like men, but… I’m not sure!|
|Greetings, Abram! Greetings!|
Oh! I see we have company. There is something strange about those men.
|Abraham||Can it be? Can one of them be the very Angel of the Lord? I run to them and bow to the earth. (Go to Angel #1 and bow low.) My Lord, if I have found favor in Your sight, then please stop here a while. Let me bring water and wash your feet. Rest in the shade under the tree; I’ll bring bread, and you can refresh yourselves.|
|Angel||(Lift Abraham by the arm from his bowing position.) Go and do as you have said.|
I rush to the door of Sarah’s tent. (Run near to where Sarah is seated.)
I then run to our herd, catch a tender, choice calf and give it to my servant, who hurries to prepare it.
Abraham, here are curds, milk, and the meat our servant has prepared.
Go take it to those men waiting. They are waiting in the shade of the tree.
|Angel||Abraham, thank you for this delightful meal. Now, where is Sarah your wife?|
|Abraham||(Point at Sarah, palm turned downwards.) There, in the tent.|
|Sarah||(Rise.) Why is that man asking about me? I’ll hide behind the door and listen.|
|Angel||Abraham, I will return at this time next year; and Sarah your wife will have a son.|
|Sarah||(Laugh loudly.) Crazy! Abraham and I are both too old. I can no longer bear sons!|
|Angel||Abraham, why did your wife Sarah laugh at what I said?
Is anything too difficult for the Lord?
|Sarah||(Open your mouth in fear and throw your hands up) I did not laugh.|
|Angel||Yes, Sarah, you certainly did laugh. As I said, I will return to you a year from now, and you will have a son. (Clasp Abraham’s arm.) Who me? A son? Wow!|
|A son? Wow!|
Abraham, you will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in you all the nations of the earth will be blessed. I have chosen you, so that you may command your children and your household after you to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that I may bring upon you all that I have promised you.
Ask everyone to listen as you read (or have someone read) Genesis 12:1-3, to say afterwards what God promised Abraham and how that promise is important.
(Possible answer: Everything that follows in the rest of the Bible was done to fulfill God’s promise to Abraham.)