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GOVERNMENT AND INJUSTICE – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Biblical view on government, our part is
. to trust God to work within the system
SCRIPTURE: Gen.37:1-50:26; Matt.25:31-46
Style: drama/conversation: Joseph speaks to
. his brother, Reubenthat, and reassures him
. that God used the injustices against him
. to save the entire world from famine
Cast: JOSEPH, REUBEN
(REUBEN enters, upset with himself. JOSEPH follows,
as a man with authority, but with compassion.)
JOSEPH Reuben, you seem very upset? Everything
. will be all right. You will bring
. father and the household here to Egypt.
. As I said, there are five years of famine
. still left.
REUBEN And yet, I still feel guilty, Joseph.
. For all these years I have wondered and worried
. where you might be and how you were doing.
JOSEPH As you see – I am just fine. Happily married,
. with children.
REUBEN That does not just wipe away
. all the decades of thinking –
. if only I had stopped them.
JOSEPH But you did. You stopped your brothers
. from killing me.
REUBEN My suggestion was to throw you down
. into the pit so you would starve to death,
. as I did not want the actual blood
. to be on our hands. It was Judah who
. suggested we sell you to the Ishmaelites,
. because you were our brother, after all.
. Otherwise, your body would still be down
. in that pit.
JOSEPH But it isn’t. God would have found 2
. some way to send me to Egypt.
REUBEN And- look at you now. So then, should
. I be jealous?
JOSEPH There were other injustices committed
. against me. It was NOT all at your hands.
REUBEN You suffered more than we know?
JOSEPH Of course, all these years, I have always
. missed my family.
(REUBEN waves his arm at JOSEPH’S attire.)
REUBEN But – you found honor.
JOSEPH At first, I had proven myself to Potiphar,
. an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh’s.
REUBEN So life was not so bad?
JOSEPH Until Potiphar’s wife falsely accused me
. of rape. Then I found myself in jail.
REUBEN Let me guess, you made friends with
. the jailer.
JOSEPH (shrugging) I was still seen as guilty.
. It took patience and trusting in God
. that the truth would come out.
. Even though I had been falsely accused,
. I was able to prove myself worthy once again.
. And the jailer found that he COULD trust me.
. There are very few people in this world
. who are trustworthy.
REUBEN And then that was it?
JOSEPH Not at all. The jailer does not have any
. authority to get anyone out of jail.
. Eventually, the chief cupbearer and
. the chief baker wound up in jail for
. offending Pharaoh. As the jailer put me
. in charge of attending to these men,
. they told me about their strange dreams.
REUBEN Ah! Dream-boy to the rescue!
JOSEPH God gave me the interpretations for the dreams,
. which did come to pass. The baker was put
. to the death, while the cupbearer was restored
. to his position as foretold.
REUBEN And the cupbearer told the Pharaoh –
. and all was well-
JOSEPH Not quite. Two years after THAT.
REUBEN You were in jail for so long, and you
. did nothing wrong. Is there no justice?
JOSEPH It was my word against the wife of an officer.
REUBEN And obviously discrimination! It did not help
. that you are NOT an Egyptian!
JOSEPH God is in control, and allowed this to happen.
. I trusted that there was a purpose. My concern
. was to continue bringing honor to God.
. Meanwhile, Pharaoh had two perplexing dreams.
. The cupbearer finally remembered
. what I had done and told Pharaoh about it.
. It was then that Pharaoh called for me.
. And because God gave me the insight,
. not only for the dreams’ interpretation
. about the great famine, but for a solution
. to this worldwide problem - Pharaoh put me
. in charge of everything. So you see,
. there was purpose in all that has happened.
REUBEN I still feel guilty. How can you forgive me?
JOSEPH With God’s help, I forgive you, my brother.
. But understand, you meant evil against me,
. while God used that to accomplish good.
. As for having all your guilt washed away –
. you can only go to God for that.
(JOSEPH hugs REUBEN and they exit.)