Saturday, October 19, 2013

God's Story: The Fall

Here is Part 2 of our skit on "God's Story".  My intent for this continuing theme was for the teens to see and understand God's Story from beginning to end, connecting all the dots in one continuous story.  

God’s Story: The Fall

1: God created everything.

2: God created a man and a woman

3: He blessed them

4: He gave them charge over his creation

5: They had food

1: They had work

2: They had each other

3: And they had an intimate relationship with their Creator.

4: Millions of reasons to enjoy

5: Millions of opportunities to do good

1: And millions of chances to soak in God’s blessings.

2: God empowered them to be caretakers of all of creation.

3: And he told them to be fruitful and multiply.

4: Hold on there, they enjoyed multiplication and fruit?!?!  I can understand the fruit thing but multiplication, really?  Math has to be a part of God’s curse!

3: Are you serious? Being told to multiply and be fruitful refers to SEX! God told them to make babies and to enjoy all aspects of their relationship!!

4:  OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH . . . I get it now.  I’m just slightly embarrassed now.  Please go on with the story.

5: Human beings in relationship to the Creator of the Universe. 

1: Loving God

2: Loving each other

3: Loving all that the creation has to offer.

4: Only one thing.

5: Just one bad choice

1: A single way to disobey God.

2: Free will needed to be established

3: So that God knew that their love was genuine

4: The story goes like this . . .

5: Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; 

1: and there he put the man he had formed. 

2: The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground

3: trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.

4: In the middle of the garden were the tree of life 

3: and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

2: The Lord God took the man

3: and put him in the Garden of Eden 

4: to work it and take care of it. 

2: And the Lord God commanded the man,

1: “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will certainly die.”

3: Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.

4: He said to the woman,

5: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

3: The devil began his attack by QUESTIONING GOD.

2: The woman said to the serpent,

4: “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

5: “You will not certainly die,”

2: the serpent said to the woman.

5:  “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

3: The devil’s next attack came by DISAGREEING WITH GOD by questioning his motives and consequences.

1: When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food

2: and pleasing to the eye,

3: and also desirable for gaining wisdom,

4: she took some

5: and ate it.

1: She also gave some to her husband, 

2: who was with her,

5: and he ate it. 

3: The devil’s conversation lead to them DISOBEYING God.

4: You mean to tell me that the man was there the whole time and he didn’t protect his woman?!?!

3: Yeah, this would be the first time in which a guy was a dork by not being a gentleman and defender of the one he says he loves.

2: Can we get back to the story now?

3: Oh yeah, go ahead, sorry.

1: Then the eyes of both of them were opened,

4: and they realized they were naked; 

5: so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

3: At this point, because they disobeyed, now they are DESERTING GOD

2: Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day,

4: and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

5: But the Lord God called to the man,

1: “Where are you?”

2: He answered,

5: “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

2: And he said,

1: “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

2: The man said,

5: “The woman you put here with me - she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

2: Then the Lord God said to the woman,

1: “What is this you have done?”

2: The woman said,

4: “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

3: And now they DISOWNED God’s accountability by blaming everyone else but themselves for their mistakes.

2: So the Lord God said to the serpent,

1: “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

2: To the woman he said,

1: “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

2: To Adam he said,

1: “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.  It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

5: Adam named his wife Eve,

3: because she would become the mother of all the living.

4: The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

2: And the Lord God said,

1: “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 

3: So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden 

4: to work the ground from which he had been taken. 

5: After he drove them out,

1: he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim 

2: and a flaming sword flashing back and forth

4: to guard the way to the tree of life.

3: Finally now they have become DESERVING of God’s discipline.

5: And now all of creation is infected with sin.

1: Cain killed Abel.

3: And things continued to get worse to the point where God actually regretted making humans.
2: He created a flood to wipe off all the evil in the world,

4: Saving just one family in the process.

5: For you see, what was only one bad choice that the first humans could make,

1: Has now opened the door to millions of bad choices for all of us to make.

2: Sin grew and grew,

3: Like an infection

4: Like a plague.

1: It is in us,

5: It is all around us.

3: Is there an answer?

2: Is there a way out of this mess?

4: Does God give up on us humans,

1: Or does he find a way?

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