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GOVERNMENT AND OPPRESSION – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Biblical view on government, our part is
. to be good citizens no matter what
SCRIPTURE: Ex.2:1-12:51, 1Thess.4:11-12
Style: drama/conversation: a husband and wife
. discuss their hopes of being set free
. from slavery to the Egyptians
Cast: ADAH, SAVA
(As ADAH and SAVA enter, ADAH immediately begins
ADAH What has Moses done? It was after
. he went to speak to Pharaoh,
. we were made to work even harder?
. Besides making the same quota of bricks,
. we have to collect the straw to make the bricks.
. Impossible! And we are being beaten harshly
. for not keeping up production.
. It is all - completely - impossible!
SAVA Adah, God has a plan. These things
. are all happening for a reason.
. God made a covenant with us,
. and will keep His promises.
. We must be patient.
ADAH Patient? We will never be set free.
. We will be slaves forever. And I would
. much rather be a comfortable slave.
. But this is ridiculous. Why doesn’t God
. send someone who will fight the Egyptians?
SAVA Adah! Who would that be? Besides,
. many years ago, Moses did try this very thing
. by killing a guard to defend our people.
. He then had to flee Egypt because his life
. was in danger. This only delayed us from
. getting our freedom. Violence did not help –
. at all.
ADAH Well, why did God send HIM back?
SAVA Who else could it be?
ADAH ANYONE else?
SAVA Like it or not, God means to use Moses and Aaron.
ADAH So far, Moses is not doing a good job.
SAVA Adah! God is guiding Moses!
. To not respect Moses, is like not respecting God.
. There must be a plan. There must be reasons
. why it is being handled in such a way.
. We do not know, but we must have faith
. that God knows what He is doing.
. The Great “I Am” sent Moses to us.
. Moses showed us miracles – so we could see
. and believe that God is with him.
ADAH But why would God use Moses?
. I know his mother. Even though their family
. is from the Levites, they are not so special.
SAVA None of us are. Even as God’s chosen,
. we are still just human. Why did WE not think
. to send our baby boy down the Nile in a basket
. to be found by Pharaoh’s daughter?
. Perhaps the Egyptians would not have killed
. our child the way they did.
ADAH Sava, please do not remind me of that horrid day.
. I still mourn the death of our son.
. Pharaoh in those days was very cruel.
. And this Pharaoh is not any better.
SAVA God will bring justice. And God –
. will set us free.
ADAH Maybe not in our day! Our fathers,
. and their fathers have been saying this,
. and never saw the day.
SAVA God will NOT forget us. God keeps His promises.
. See how God sends plagues on the Egyptians
. but not on us. That is the work of
. the Almighty God, which will weaken
. the physical powers of the Egyptians.
ADAH Must it take so long?
SAVA Perhaps this will become big news
. that travels across the world – so all people
. will know how mighty our God is.
ADAH And what do we do right now?
. Sit back and watch?
SAVA Meanwhile, we work, as if we work for God.
. Even though they may not deserve it,
. as we serve the Egyptians, this will only be
. to our favor – somehow. And God
. will meet our needs – whatever those are.
ADAH God’s covenant to our father Abraham
. was for land, growth and prosperity.
SAVA We have certainly seem growth- our numbers
. have multiplied enough to put fear
. into Pharaoh’s heart.
ADAH What about the rest of it?
SAVA The promises of the covenant are still ours.
. And all these things will ALWAYS be ours.
. But remember that our obedience determines
. how much of that will be provided.
. The more we obey, the more we will have.
. Just - let us try to do what God asks of us,
. and all will be well.
ADAH Why am I no longer feeling the companionship
. of misery with you? Since when do you
. see things so positively?
SAVA Since I have witnessed the power of God.
. I am trying to lead by example, here, Adah.
. Why not feel the companionship of hope with me?
. It not only feels better, but it takes
. a lot less work.
ADAH All right, Sava. I can certainly do
. with less work.
(ADAH and SAVA exit, arm in arm.)