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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-
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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?
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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.)