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GOD RESCUES THROUGH HIS PROMISES
.                            – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:        God’s power, love, promises, protection
SCRIPTURE:    Ex.11:1-12:32, John 3:16, 1Cor.5:7-8,
.             Rev.3:20
Style:        drama or puppet play/conversation:
.             two kids introduce the issue of how
.             they feel betrayed by a friend and
.             don’t know who to trust, which is followed
.             by the Bible story of how God supplied
.             salvation to Moses and His people through
.             the Passover event while punishing Egypt –
.             demonstrating that God keeps His promises
Cast:         (present day): ANIA, ELA, NARRATOR
.             (Bible day):   MOSES, ISRAELITE, PHARAOH
.             (also have):   ONE or TWO ASSISTANTS
.             preferably dressed in black, who stand
.             out of the picture as much as possible.
NOTE:         if using puppets, the NARRATOR
.             and ASSISTANTS 1-2 have to be people,
.             the other characters can be puppets
Props:        framed door, heart cutout, branch,
.             red paint, black cotton cloud on wires

SCRIPT:

(ANIA and ELA enter.)

ANIA       (happy)  Hi, Ela.

ELA        Hi, Ania.  You – seem to be in a good mood.

ANIA       After hearing the last story of Moses,
.          I trusted God to handle all my problems.

ELA        So your problems are all worked out?

ANIA       Well, I still have to keep trusting God,
.          because things still happen.
.          But I am starting to see that
.          there are answers to all my questions.
.          And I am seeing that I do not have
.          to do things all on my own.

(ELA hangs her head down, sad.)                         2

ELA        That’s nice.

ANIA       Ah, but what is wrong with you?
.          You usually seem happy.

ELA        Has anyone ever hurt you?

ANIA       Of course.  You know that.

ELA        No, I mean, someone you really trusted,
.          and thought was a really good friend?

ANIA       Oh.  So you were betrayed by a friend?

ELA        It really hurts.

ANIA       I can only imagine.  In fact,
.          I imagine that it would hurt more
.          than if an enemy tried to hurt you.
.          Right?  You kind of expect THAT
.          from an enemy.  Do you think that
.          your friend wanted to hurt you?

ELA        I don’t know.  They said they did not mean it.

ANIA       We were just talking about how
.          nobody is perfect.  Remember?
.          We make mistakes too.

ELA        I know that.  It still does not stop it
.          from hurting.  And then I start to doubt.

ANIA       Doubt?  What do you doubt?

ELA        Well, after being hurt like that,
.          you start thinking – who CAN I trust?
.          I mean, if we all make mistakes,
.          who can we really trust?

ANIA       I see your point.

ELA        And when you do not think
.          you can trust anybody,
.          then you start to feel all alone again –
.          and trapped.
.                                                       3
ANIA       Trapped?

ELA        Yes, like, being afraid to move.
.          And when someone else tries to get close,
.          like if they try to be a friend,
.          you think you have to fight them away.
.          Does that make any sense?

ANIA       It kind of does.  You start to think that
.          you have hurt them before they hurt you.
.          But that cannot be the answer.
.          That is no way to live your life.

ELA        I wonder if that man named Moses
.          ever felt that way?

ANIA       Maybe we will find out today.  Our friend
.          is here, and she is going to continue
.          telling us that true story about Moses.

ELA        I cannot wait to hear about what
.          is going to happen next.

(NARRATOR enters and stands at stage right.)

ANIA       Hi, (Name).

NARRATOR   Hello Ania and Ela, and everyone else.

ANIA       We ARE going to continue with the true story
.          from the Bible, right?  We need to find out
.          what the tenth plague was.

ELA        But we’re also wondering if this true story
.          will answer our question about trusting
.          people.

NARRATOR   Well, we saw that Moses sinned and made
.          mistakes – just like we sin and make mistakes.

ELA        Exactly my point.  Then how do we know
.          when we can trust someone?

NARRATOR   That’s a very good question.  Well,
.          we saw that the Israelites trusted Moses.

ELA        But not right away.                          4

NARRATOR   That’s correct.  Because they knew Moses
.          had done something wrong and then
.          ran away from the situation.
.          So Moses had to earn their trust back.
.          And because Moses was doing what God wanted
.          him to do, the people could see that
.          they could now trust Moses.

ELA        So if we can see that people are trying
.          to obey God, we know that we can trust them.

NARRATOR   That’s because we can trust God.

ELA        But – how do we know that we can trust God?

NARRATOR   Because God always keeps His promises.
.          We see many examples in the true stories
.          from the Bible;  as well seeing examples
.          of how God is working in our lives right now.
.          When we see that God keeps His promises
.          of always being with us - we can realize
.          that we do not have to be afraid of anything.

ANIA       Let’s sit down now so we can listen.

(ANIA and ELA exit.)

NARRATOR   Remember that God had a plan to use Moses
.          to help free His people, the Israelites,
.          who were forced to work very hard and were
.          being picked on by Pharaoh and the Egyptians.
.          The Israelites knew that God was bringing
.          justice and punishment to their enemies
.          with various plagues.  They were now going
.          to learn that because God keeps His promises –
.          they could trust God - and they did not have
.          to be afraid of anything.

(ISRAELITE and MOSES enters.)

ISRAELITE  You said that you were going to free us
.          from slavery, Moses!

MOSES      With God’s help.  In God’s timing.
.          God has a plan.
.                                                       5
ISRAELITE  How do we know we can trust you? – OR
.          how can we even know that we can trust God?

MOSES      If you just open your eyes, you’d be seeing
.          all these cool things that God is doing!

NARRATOR   I think maybe we need to go over
.          what happened last time.

(ISRAELITE stands back to watch as PHARAOH enters
and faces MOSES.)

PHARAOH    What do you want?

NARRATOR   Nine times, Moses had asked Pharaoh to
.          let God’s people go!  But each and every time,
.          Pharaoh had said-

PHARAOH    Ahhhhhh-no!

NARRATOR   And because of THAT, God punished
.          Pharaoh and the Egyptians with plagues.

(PHARAOH reacts with fear or disgust at each plague
while ASSISTANTS do the sounds to go with each one.)

NARRATOR   The first plague was - blood in the water,
.          and smelly dead fish.  (plugs nose)
.          The second plague was - frogs.  Many frogs.
.          (“Croak-croak, Ribbit”)
.          Third plague - gnats.  (high-pitched “buzz”)
.          Fourth plague - flies.  (low-pitched “buzz”)
.          Fifth plague – all of their animals died.
.          (sickly “Moo, neigh, baa’s” until quiet)
.          Sixth plague - boils.  Ouch!  (“ouch”)
.          Seventh plague - hail.  (“ouch-ouch-ouch”)
.          Eighth plague - locusts.  (“no more food”)
.          Ninth plague - darkness.  (“I cannot see”)
.          Now for the tenth time, Moses went to Pharaoh.

PHARAOH    What do you want now?

MOSES      Same thing!  God says, “Let my people go!”

PHARAOH    How many times do I have to say, no!

(PHARAOH exits.  MOSES and ISRAELITE exits.)            6

NARRATOR   Of course, God knew that Pharaoh
.          would say “no” each and every time.
.          God knows everything!

(ASSISTANTS set up doorway, which has a big
heart-shaped cutout on it.  Or if you cannot
have a working door, just hold up or tape on
a poster paper with a heart drawn on
so it can swing open and closed.  Maybe an
ASSISTANT will have to hold it in place.)

NARRATOR   God even knows what is inside our hearts.

(NARRATOR opens the door and finds MOSES standing
right behind it.  MOSES can wave at the kids.)

NARRATOR   What a surprise – to us.  But God knows
.          everything.  (closes the door again)
.          And God knew that each time He sent a plague,
.          this would make Egypt weaker and weaker,
.          while helping the Israelites to see – that
.          God is all-powerful and keeps His promises
.          so that they’d know they could trust Him, and
.          they did not have to be afraid of anything!
.          And God knew that after the tenth plague,
.          Pharaoh would finally let His people go.
.          Now, the tenth plague was very different
.          from all the rest.  The tenth plague -
.          was death.  God was going to pass over
.          all the land – then every firstborn
.          of every animal and every FAMILY would die.
.          With this tenth plague, the Israelites had to
.          CHOOSE to do something – in order to be saved.
.          God told Moses what he was to say,
.          and then Moses told the people what to do.

(MOSES enters and stands beside the framed door.
MOSES talks to the kids as if they are the Israelites.)

MOSES      Listen, all of you Israelites.
.          In order to stay safe from this last plague,
.          each house must prepare a lamb to eat,
.          and take the blood from that lamb
.          and using the branch of hyssop
.          paint the blood onto your doorposts.
.                                                       7
(ASSISTANT enters with branch-brush and red paint,
and paints around door while NARRATOR speaks.)

NARRATOR   The blood from the lamb would save
.          the Israelites from having death
.          in their family.  But each family
.          had to choose to obey.  
.          All of the Israelites chose to obey - so
.          all of the Israelites were saved from death.

(The door is opened, and MOSES and ISRAELITE stand
in the doorway.)

NARRATOR   But Pharaoh and the Egyptians –
.          did not.

(PHARAOH enters and stands out in the open.
As NARRATOR talks, ASSISTANT/S start moving the
black cloud over the stage, first over the doorway
where MOSES and ISRAELITE stands,
then over PHARAOH, who looks up at in in fear.  
Have the cloud suddenly drop behind PHARAOH,
like it is going into PHARAOH’S house.)

NARRATOR   So that night, when the destroyer
.          passed over the land, it passed over
.          the Israelites’ houses.  Every doorway
.          that had sheep’s blood - was safe.
.          But as it passed over the Egyptians’ houses,
.          every firstborn animal and child –
.          from every family - died.

PHARAOH    Noooo!  My oldest son has died!

(MOSES steps up to PHARAOH, who hangs his head and
turns to MOSES.)

PHARAOH    You must go!  Take all the Israelites
.          and leave my country!  Now!  Quick!
.          Leave Egypt!  Right now!  Please, go!

(PHARAOH exits.  MOSES turns to ISRAELITE.)

MOSES      Pharaoh has not only given us permission
.          to go – but he INSISTS that we go.
.          Come on!  Let’s pack up and go.
.                                                       8
(MOSES and ISRAELITE exit.)

NARRATOR   And this is how God punished the ones
.          who disobeyed Him, and this is how God
.          saved His people, the Israelites.
.          Because the Israelites saw that God
.          was all-powerful and kept His promise to them,
.          they knew they could trust God, and they
.          did not have to be afraid of anything.
.          And God did something very similar for us.
.          Let us think of this door as if it was
.          our heart.

(Close the door to show the heart-shape.)

NARRATOR   The lamb and the blood from this lamb
.          represents God’s own Son – Jesus –
.          who is also called – the Lamb of God.
.          God loves us so much, that He sent
.          His one and only Son to earth to die for us.
.          Jesus died for all our sins.
.          And Jesus’ blood from his death can save us.
.          Think of your heart like a doorway.
.          When we ask Jesus into our hearts,
.          to be Lord and Savior of our lives,
.          it is like we are painting the doorway
.          to our hearts with the blood of Jesus.
.          (Open the door.)  When we open the door
.          to Jesus and let Him in, we are then saved
.          from spiritual death.  And because Jesus
.          rose again from the dead, we can share
.          that victory in Him.  That means, after our
.          lives here on earth, we will go to heaven and
.          live forever with God, our Heavenly Father.
.          We all have a choice – we all have to choose
.          to open the door to let Jesus into our hearts.
.          (Close and open the door again.)
.          And we only ever have to do that once.
.          Because we know that God loves us,
.          that God is all-knowing and all-powerful,
.          that God has a special plan for all of us,
.          and because God keeps His promises –
.          we know that we can trust in God, and then,
.          as children of God – He is always with us –
.          so we do not have to be afraid of anything.
.          (close story in a prayer)
.                                                       9
(OPTION TO BREAK OUT INTO SMALLER GROUPS TO MAKE A CRAFT,
SUCH AS A DOOR WITH A HEART ON IT,
TO REMIND US OF GOD’S LOVE FOR US AND HIS PROMISES.
THEN GO TO THIS ENDING, OR GO STRAIGHT TO THIS ENDING
TO CLOSE OUT THE SESSION...)

NARRATOR   Next time, we will find out
.          more about God’s plans for Moses
.          and the Israelites.

(
Next skit.)