Noah — God’s Wrath and God’s Refuge

Noah — God’s Wrath and God’s Refuge

Based on Genesis 6-9

 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:

Wife of Noah (also serves as Narrator)
Noah
Neighbor

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:

Wife

I’m Noah’s wife. Let us give you an abbreviated account of the great flood, with a few remarks from our neighbors. Oh, here comes one now.

Neighbor

 

Old Noah, over many years
    You’ve tried to fill our minds with fears.
Your God, you say, will punish us.
    You’re wrong! Why make so great a fuss?

Noah

I’ll walk with God! My faith be bold,
     Although my neighbors’ faith be cold.
I warn them, “Bloodshed you enjoy;
    God will oblige; it’s
you he’ll destroy.”

Neighbor

 

Where is your God! You’re such a fool!
    To have my way is my one rule.
The gods allow whatever I please!
    Just see my herds and lush fruit trees!

Noah

Please don’t say “gods”. There’s only One.

Prompter &
Companions

Only One! Only One!

Neighbor

A spirit to whom I’ve always bowed
    Gives strength to me and makes me proud.
He helped me slay all who began
    To thwart my reign over all my clan.

Noah

God told me, “Build an ark with beam
     Of twenty-five yards and calk each seam.
Its length six times its width, and give
     The ark three decks in which you’ll live.

I plan to bring destruction huge
     All flesh I’ll destroy with vast deluge.

Your wife, your sons, their wives, I’ll save.

    All else will sink below the wave.

I’ll bring to you a motely herd:
    Each kind of animal and bird.
Store feed for all and do not fear
    When land sinks down and seas appear.”

Wife

A woman stole a bag of grain
    I tried to grab it back in vain.
She pulled a knife and I stepped back.
    She sneered and clutched the stolen sack.

I said, “Such acts as yours will bring
    The wrath of God, our holy King.”
She spat, “I fear no wrath above.
    For I believe in a God of love.”

Noah

 

It takes us years to build that ark,
    And then one day the sky grows dark.
Wild beasts approach.
Folk shake with dread;
    They cry in awe, “What lies ahead?”

A wedding’s guests can feast no more;
    They freeze; they fear a mounting roar!
Rock breaking deep within earth’s heart,

    It grinds and groans, tears lands apart!

Neighbor

 

Earth shakes. It leaps! I cannot stand!
    My gods can’t calm the ruptured land.
Huge geysers spew floods miles high!
    Oh, stop, or soon we all will die!

Prompter &
Companions

We all will die! We all will die!

 

Noah

Eight souls the ark shields from angry sky,
    We watch as water rises high.
Earth reels beneath God’s angry fist,
     No longer watered by friendly mist.

Another roar augments my fears;
    Ten thousand screams now pierce my ears.
Men kill with knives to gain a place
    Upon the ramp, the door to face.

I hear my wife in tears implore,
   “Oh, let them in! Unbar the door!”

“I can’t!” I cry. “God shut it tight.”
    The water’s red! A dreadful sight!

Noah

 

God’s fury rages forty days;
     Then all lies still beneath sun’s rays.
Months pass; God heals the tortured earth;
     Dry land appears and seeds give birth.

Wife

 

A sweet aroma rises high
     As Noah’s burnt offering wafts to the sky.

We start again to rebuild our race.
    Oh, thank you LORD for saving grace!

Prompter &
Companions

 Thank you LORD for saving grace!

DISCUSS:

The apostle Peter drew three powerful lessons from the account of Noah.

  1. Ask those present to listen as someone reads excerpts from 2 Peter 3:3-13, to find what the great flood urges men to consider, today.

In the last days mockers will come saying, “All continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” They deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the world was destroyed by a flood. By the same word, the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

With the Lord, a day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years are as a day. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but wanting everyone to come to repentance. Yet the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will melt with fervent heat, and the earth will be laid bare. But we look forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

Ask for comments.

  1. 1 Peter 3:18-22 explains how believers in Christ are saved in Him, in a way similar to how Noah and his family were saved in the ark. Christ’s body is like the ark that rescued a faithful remnant from the destruction of a world so sinful that it provoked God’s righteous wrath.
    In what way does this truth give comforting meaning to the phrase “in Christ” that appears so often in the New Testament?

  2. Peter also pointed out that the people of Noah’s day, like the woman who stole from Noah’s stores, had no fear of God and lived in any wicked way they chose. What is a modern parallel to this?


 

 

 

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