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JERICHO WALL - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: trust God, strength, courage
SCRIPTURE: Joshua 1:1-9, 6:1-7; Mark 10:27
Style: dramody/conversation: JOSHUA discusses
. God's plan of attack on Jericho
Cast: JOSHUA, at least 2 MEN
Set & Props: robes
(JOSHUA enters from one side, MEN rush in from the other.)
MAN 1 Joshua, there you are.
MAN 2 We have Jericho shut up tightly.
. No one can come in or out of the city.
MAN 1 Yeah, and the king and his army
. are stuck inside, too.
JOSHUA That is good news. God has just spoken to me
. and explained what we should do next.
MAN 1 Should we get ready to attack?
JOSHUA No-no. This is the plan. We are going to take
. all our armed men - and march around the city.
MAN 2 Sounds great. Surround the city!
MAN 1 And then we attack!
JOSHUA No-no. We’re going to do this every day
. for SIX days. We will also carry
. the ark of the covenant with us.
MAN 2 Of course, so God will be with us –
MAN 1 For when we attack.
JOSHUA I’m not finished... seven priests will go before
. the ark of the covenant and carry ram horn trumpets.
MAN 1 Ah-haaaa. And theeennn?
JOSHUA On the SEVENTH day, we’ll march around
. seven times-
MAN 1 Yeah?
JOSHUA With the priests blowing the trumpets.
MAN 1 And then?
JOSHUA When the priests blow long blasts on their trumpets,
. all the people will give a loud SHOUT...
MAN 1 AND?
(MEN stand around with their jaws hanging - waiting.)
MAN 1 So when do we attack?
JOSHUA We don’t. We won’t have to.
MAN 2 Because they’ll laugh themselves to death?
MAN 1 Oh-oh-oh – I see - it’s a psych-out tactic!
. The first day they might be amused,
. but after a while, they’ll start to wonder,
. “What are they planning to do?”
. And then they’ll start getting paranoid,
. thinking, “Ooo, these guys are crazy.
. No telling WHAT they’re going to do.
. It could be anything – anytime.” Then finally,
. they’ll just panic and freak out.
JOSHUA Once everyone has shouted –
. The walls of Jericho – will fall down...
. (MEN’s jaws hang open again.)
. And THEN we may enter the city.
. We’ll just be able to walk right in...
. and attack.
MAN 1 (very doubtfully) Okay. If you say so.
JOSHUA I don’t say so – GOD does.
MAN 2 So we’re going to lose. I mean,
. come on –
MAN 1 Yeah, you know, we’re going to be 3
. like shooting ducks out there.
. It’s like saying, “Here we are –
. just some crazy people walking around in circles –
. go ahead and shoot us!”
JOSHUA We do NOT have to be terrified or discouraged.
. God told me three times to be
. “strong and courageous”.
MAN 1 We’ll HAVE to be - with a plan like THAT.
MAN 2 Come on – think about it – we march,
. we blow trumpets and yell –
. and then the walls will just –
. all-of-a-sudden fall down?
JOSHUA Have you guys already forgotten that God
. parted the Jordan River so we could get across?
. With God, anything is possible.
. If He can make a WALL of water, do you NOT think
. He can knock down a few WALLS of stone?
MAN 1 So God just said - we have to be strong
. and courageous?
JOSHUA Not - HAVE to be - we CAN be –
. because God has promised to be with us always.
. And God has promised to give us all the land
. every place we set our feet.
MAN 2 (knowingly) Ohhhh, so we’re setting our feet
. on the land that God is going to give us
. by walking around the city!
MAN 1 I see. So we walk around the city
. and God will give us that land.
JOSHUA Yes-yes, but God wants to give us
. so much more than that.
. He wants us to have strength and courage –
. in Him. He doesn’t want us to trust in ourselves.
. He wants us to obey and trust Him for everything...
. and not just for land.
MAN 1 Okay-okay... But God will give us this land?
JOSHUA Yes! Okay, maybe if we all just 4
. get going and obey, the whole object lesson
. will eventually sink in.
. When we obey God, God can work in
. and for us. So –
(MEN all eagerly rush out while JOSHUA is still talking.)
JOSHUA Let's just go out and do this thing!