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GOVERNMENT AND HONOR – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Biblical view on government, our part is
. to honor and respect our rulers
SCRIPTURE: 1Sam.24:6, 26:9, Ps.54:1-7,
. Josh.1:9, Matt.28:18
Style: drama/conversation: King David speaks
. to Abishai about not harming King Saul
Cast: DAVID, ABISHAI
Set & Props:
(ABISHAI enters following DAVID.)
ABISHAI King Saul gave you a blessing!?
. Do you really believe King Saul -
. that he will not harm you?
DAVID No. That is why we will escape
. into the land of the Philistines.
ABISHAI Are you mad?!
(ABISHAI realizes his rash comment and bows.)
ABISHAI King David, I humbly apologize.
DAVID But you still mean the words
. which you just spoke.
ABISHAI I trust – that – you are wise.
. I simply do not understand.
. For years, King Saul has terrorized you,
. and made every attempt to kill you.
. You just now admitted that you KNOW King Saul
. will not give up until you are dead.
DAVID And yet, he is still one of God’s anointed.
ABISHAI YOU - are officially the anointed king.
DAVID That does not change the fact that God also
. anointed Saul as king. I cannot even think
. in good conscience that I would have the right-
ABISHAI Just a while ago, you had another
. opportunity to take his life. Instead,
. you took off a piece of his garment
. to humiliate him.
DAVID I regretted that, and apologized to King Saul.
. It was not my place to even humiliate him.
. God places the people in positions to rule and
. should be respected. To not respect those,
. would be the same as not respecting God.
ABISHAI But surely in self-defense-
DAVID And yet- God has still protected me.
. I have not had to raise a hand yet.
ABISHAI You trust God that much?
DAVID Without a doubt! God is my everything!
. Anytime I have tried to do things on my own,
. that is when I run into trouble.
ABISHAI You do not have a home right now.
. You are on the run.
DAVID There is consequences to my bad decisions.
. I accept those, and trust that God will use
. whatever it is that I am experiencing
. to His glory.
ABISHAI And just what is that?
DAVID Whatever God decides! Is life about
. our comfort – or about God’s kingdom?
. It is about the business of God’s kingdom.
ABISHAI You are a king who deserves a great palace-
DAVID I am God’s humble servant. My desire
. is to do His bidding.
ABISHAI And if King Saul comes at you again?
DAVID I trust that God will deliver justice.
ABISHAI Is it so easy to believe?
DAVID As the scriptures say, “Have I not
. commanded you? Be strong and courageous!
. Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the
. the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
ABISHAI And what would you say?
DAVID (raising his arms up to God)
. Save me, O God, by Your name,
. And vindicate me by Your power.
. Hear my prayer, O God;
. Give ear to the words of my mouth.
. For strangers have risen against me
. And violent men have sought my life;
. They have not set God before them. Selah.
. Behold, God is my helper;
. The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.
. He will recompense the evil to my foes;
. Destroy them in Your faithfulness.
. Willingly I will sacrifice to You;
. I will give thanks to Your name,
. O Lord, for it is good.
. For He has delivered me from all trouble,
. And my eye has looked with satisfaction
. upon my enemies.
(As DAVID’S prayer continues, ABISHAI slowly joins in.)