Here is Part 3 of God's Story in a reader's theatre style skit.
God’s Story: The Calling
1: God’s Story began with Adam and Eve
2: Sin entered into the world
3: Humanity’s relationship with God was forever changed as sin corrupted every aspect of his creation.
4: But God did not give up.
5: He began with a simple call.
3: One man, with his wife. No reason that he should win God’s favor.
2: But God called him.
4: God said to Abram:
1: Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
5: This is the covenant that God made with Abram, of whom God changed his name to Abraham.
2: Abraham did not understand everything.
4: God did not even reveal to him where exactly he was going to go.
3: God just said,
5: Abraham went.
4: He followed.
3: He stepped out in faith and obeyed.
2: It wasn’t perfect.
1: He made mistakes along the way.
3: But his faith and willingness to follow God forever changed his life.
4: From Abraham and his wife Sarah, God gave them a child.
2: This child was named Isaac which means laughter.
5: From a barren womb that caused years of grief came a child that brought joy to his parents.
1: Isaac grew up and married Rebekah.
3: From this marriage came the birth of twins: Jacob and Esau.
5: Two brothers who would fight each other.
2: Esau was the first born. His father’s favorite. An outdoorsman and a hunter.
4: Jacob was his mother’s favorite. Always looking for an opportunity to get ahead.
5: He robbed his brother of his birthright and fled for his life.
1: Then Jacob met a woman he fell in love with.
2: He worked for her father for 7 years to earn her hand in marriage.
3: Instead Jacob was tricked into marrying her older sister Leah.
4: Another 7 years later, he married Rachel.
5: From these two women came 12 sons, the youngest of whom was called Joseph.
1: Joseph was the favorite of his father Jacob.
3: Jacob loved him so much that he spared no expense to get his a magnificent coat that had many colors.
4: Was it an amazing techno-color dream coat?
2: In fact, Joseph’s love was so apparent that it stirred up hatred against Joseph from his older brothers.
5: Joseph had dreams.
1: Very unusual dreams.
2: Dreams that he would share to his family.
3: A dream of the sun, moon and 11 stars all bowing down to him.
4: A dream that cause his family to resent him.
5: His brothers to hate him all the more.
1: This little punk thinks that his whole family will bow down to him someday.
4: One day Joseph was sent to check on his brothers.
2: His brothers wanted him dead.
3: They saw the opportunity, attacked him and sold him to slave traders, thinking they would never see him again.
1: Joseph was taken to Egypt and sold as a slave to Potiphar, who was the captain of the guard to the Pharaoh.
2: God was with Joseph and He made him prosper.
3: Potiphar put Joseph in charge of all he had, entrusting him to manage all he owned.
4: Potipher’s wife was attracted to Joseph.
5: She tried to seduce him several times.
1: Joseph resisted her advances knowing that this would harm his relationship to Potiphar and ultimately be a sin against God.
3: Potipher’s wife was scorned. She accused Joseph of rape anyhow.
5: He was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.
2: He spent 2 years in jail.
4: He could have become angry against God.
1: He could have turned his back against his faith.
5: He could have shut his ears off to God’s calling in his life.
2: Instead he found favor with the guards.
4: He helped other prisoners understand their dreams.
3: He waited, and waited, not knowing how much of his life would be spent in a dungeon.
1: Until one day the Pharaoh himself had a dream.
2: A dream that no one could interpret.
3: Until someone remembered a prisoner who had the gift to interpret dreams.
4: Joseph was brought up.
5: He was told the dream.
3: God gave Joseph the interpretation.
2: Seven years of abundance!
4: Then seven years of extreme famine.
1: The pharaoh was so impressed he made Joseph second in command.
5: Joseph was put in charge to prepare and plan for the famine.
4: Seven years of harvest in which food was stocked and stored away.
3: Then the famine began.
2: People from Egypt came to Joseph for help, and he was able to provide.
1: The ripple effects began as other countries felt the effects.
3: Word on the street was that Egypt had food.
5: That word traveled to a very old man with 11 sons.
2: Jacob told his sons to go find food in Egypt so that they may live.
4: Joseph recognizes his brothers, but they do not notice him as he looks like an Egyptian governor.
1: Joseph does not reveal himself to them in order to seek out if they have any remorse for what they thought they did to him.
5: Will they be willing to sell out their next youngest brother, Benjamin? Or will they protect him?
3: Once he realizes that his brothers are still haunted by what they did to Joseph, and that they are willing to protect Benjamin, the time has come.
2: Joseph prepares a meal with his brothers.
4: He can hold it in no longer.
3: I AM JOSEPH! IS MY FATHER STILL ALIVE?
5: Terror struck the hearts of his brothers.
1: Revenge was what they expected.
4: Revenge is what they deserved.
2: Mercy is what they received.
3: Joseph was able to see the bigger picture.
5: He knew that what his brothers meant for evil, God was able to use it for good.
1: The intent to murder one brother, lead to the saving of many, many lives.
3: Joseph’s entire family moved to Egypt and prospered there.
2: All of this began with God calling just one man.
4: That one calling initiated generations of people who followed God.
1: It began with Abraham,
2: It continued with Isaac,
3: Even despite Jacob’s schemes and deceptions it continued,
4: And the calling echoed through the 12 sons of Jacob who eventually represented the 12 tribes of Israel.
5: Paul said in his letter to the Romans
3: It is not the natural children who are God’s children,
4: but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring
5: Did you get that?
1: it is not the natural children who are God’s children,
2: but it is
3: the children
4: of the promise
5: who are regarded
1: as Abraham’s offspring
2: If you are a follower of Christ
3: Then you are a child of Abraham
4: God promised Abraham:
1: “Look up at the heavens and count the stars - if indeed you can count them.”
2: Then he said to him,
1: “So shall your offspring be.”
5: Abraham believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
3: Are you a follower of Christ?
4: Then you are one of those stars in the heavens that represent Abraham’s offspring.
2: When we rest in God’s promises, he will be faithful.
1: Times may be tough,
2: God may be silent for a while,
3: but he has never abandoned you,
4: he has never forsaken you.
5: Each of us has a calling on our life.
3: God has designed you for such a time as this.
1: Are you listening?
3: Are you open to his calling?
5: Are you willing to follow him?
2: Even if you don’t have all the answers?
4: Can you trust Him?
3: Is he big enough to put your faith in?
1: Is it possible to comprehend that the decisions you make now could have ripple effects for generations to come in your own family?
5: Who’s voice are you tuned into?
4: What has your attention?
3: Are you listening?
2: What if God said to you,
All: Follow me!