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DISCIPLINE AND MERCY – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: God’s discipline and great mercy
SCRIPTURE: Jonah, 1 Tim.1:12-16, Heb.12:4-11, Rev.3:19
Style: drama/conversation: Jonah tells his story
. to his nieces and nephews
Cast: JONAH, CHILDREN (as many as you want,
. divide up the lines as you see fit)
Set & Props: maybe a chair or bench for Jonah
(JONAH enters and a bunch of CHILDREN rush toward him.)
ALL Uncle Jonah, Uncle Jonah! Tell us a story,
. please? Please tell us a story.
JONAH You want a story? Which story?
C 1 The one about when you got to be in the fish.
JONAH How many times do I have to tell you this story?
. That was not a very fun time for me.
C 1 It was like being in a time-out, right?
JONAH Yes, but so much worse.
C 2 Please tell us that story.
JONAH (sitting down) All right. Everyone sit down.
. (waits for all children to sit down)
. Okay, so God had asked me to go to Nineveh.
C 3 Why?
JONAH The people in that city were very wicked,
. and God wanted me to give them a warning.
. But, I didn’t want to go.
C 3 Why?
JONAH Because I didn’t think those people were worth
. the effort. I thought they did not even deserve
. a warning.
C 1 So this would be like if I was picking
. on my sister all the time, and Dad wanted
. to send me a warning-
JONAH No. Nothing like that. It would be like if
. an orphan down the street was stealing
. your things, and your father wanted you
. to give them a warning that something bad
. was going to happen to them.
C 2 Worse than being an orphan?
JONAH The orphan is being very bad.
C 3 Well, then the orphan should be punished.
JONAH Exactly. The city of Nineveh needed to be
. punished. But God wanted me to go and warn them.
. I didn’t want to, so I tried running away.
. I took the first boat out of here.
C 1 Mom and Dad always seem to know where I hide.
. So you thought you could hide from God
. on the boat?
JONAH I did. Silly me! So God sent a big storm;
. and the men on the boat found out
. that it was storming because I was disobeying God
. and trying to run away from Him.
. And the only way to calm the storm
. was to throw me overboard - into the sea.
C 2 That’s when God gave you a time-out in the fish,
JONAH Yes, it was a 3-day time-out. A very smelly,
. a very dark, cold, hungry and uncomfortable
. 3-day time-out.
C 3 What did you do?
JONAH What else could I do? I prayed! I prayed
. that God would forgive me, and I thanked Him.
C 1 You thanked God? For what?
JONAH Well, when you disobey your parents, 3
. why do you think your parents punish you?
C 1 Because they love us, and want us to be good,
. and all get along.
JONAH Exactly! So God was punishing me, because
. I am His son, and He loves me.
C 2 Did you need a bath after the fish threw you up?
(The CHILDREN giggle.)
JONAH Yes-yes – it’s all very funny NOW. Anyway,
. God told me again to go to the city of Nineveh
. and warn them. And I did. And they were very
. sorry for their wickedness and repented.
. And God forgave them – which made me very angry.
C 3 Why?
JONAH Because I didn’t think they deserved forgiveness.
C 3 Why?
JONAH Okay, it’s like if that wicked orphan,
. who had been stealing all of your stuff,
. would ask your dad for forgiveness and
. say that he wanted to be part of your family.
. And your dad would just forgive the orphan
. and adopt him into your family.
C 1 Oh, that’s so nice for the orphan.
JONAH But the orphan was bad.
C 1 I’m sometimes bad. (to C3) So are you.
C 3 I try not to be bad.
C 2 I’m sometimes bad too.
JONAH Yes-yes, exactly. So, here I had disobeyed God,
. and He disciplined me. But this entire city
. had been very bad, and when they repented,
. God - forgave them.
C 2 But God forgave YOU - when YOU repented. 4
(JONAH looks at the KIDS and scratches his head.)
JONAH You are very wise and understanding children.
. I had not been so wise or so understanding.
. I decided to complain to God.
C 3 Oh-oh. So you had another time-out?
JONAH Kind of. Yes! I went into the wilderness
. to sulk. I sat under a nice tree,
. hoping that God would still destroy the city.
C 3 Why?
JONAH Because – ah, that’s not the point.
. I was just angry that God forgave
. the wicked people when they repented.
. God didn’t even punish them. They deserved
. to be punished, but they were saved.
C 1 So God had to punish you again?
JONAH It was more of an uncomfortable object lesson...
. Yeah, God had to punish me to change
. my attitude – again.
C 2 And what was this lesson?
JONAH Well, you know, that nice tree that I was
. sitting under - to keep me cool from the hot sun –
. God allowed THAT tree to die, and I was
. very sad that it was gone. It was no longer
. keeping me cool.
C 1 I don’t get it.
JONAH I did not even create the tree,
. but when it died, I was very sad.
. God had created the people of Nineveh,
. and so if they would have died,
. God would have been very, VERY sad.
. Because God loved them, God showed mercy to them
. when they turned from their wicked ways
. to love and serve God.
C 1 This sounds like you didn’t learn from 5
. your first lesson.
C 2 Yeah, so what have we learned
. from all of this?
C 3 That we should obey God!
C 1 And when we do something bad,
. we need to repent!
C 2 Uncle Jonah, next time you disobey God,
. you need to repent and change your behavior
. a lot sooner.
JONAH Yes-yes, that is very good advice.
. Thank you.