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JOB - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: suffering, loss, compensation
SCRIPTURE: Job 1 - 42
Style: satire/spoof of "Dr. Phil Show":
. Job is interviewed by Dr. Will
. and tells him how he coped throughout
. his time of suffering
Cast: Job, Dr. Will
Set & Props: 2 chairs, table
(DR. WILL walks out with a smile. JOB takes a seat.)
DR. Hello, welcome to the Dr. Will Show. Today
. we have a guest with us, who has gone through
. some very extraordinary experiences.
. No matter who you are, I’m sure you will be able
. to relate with him at some level,
. even if just a little, but I know you will
. be able to learn a lot from this man - Job.
. (sitting own and addressing Job)
. Thank you so much for being here, Job.
JOB As you said, Dr. Will, I’m here to share
. what I have gone through so that others out there,
. who are experiencing similar things,
. can learn from my experiences.
DR. Let’s start from the beginning. What was
. your life like before you were hit with
. all of these - challenges?
JOB Well, this is in no way bragging or anything,
. but I was, and still am, a God-fearing man who
. worked hard, had a lot of things, big house, lots
. of servants, owned a very large farm... But what
. I valued most was my wife and children. I had
. ten wonderful children: 7 sons and 3 daughters.
DR. So what happened?
JOB First, all my livestock was either killed or
. stolen. Every animal was gone, and most of my
. servants were killed. As well, on the same day,
. a wind tore down my house and none of my children
. survived. All of them died.
DR. How did you react?
JOB I accepted it. I know that God gives,
. and God can take away, so I continued
. to worship God.
DR. What happened next?
JOB My entire body broke out in these
. big horrible boils. Because I had these
. huge sores all over my body, I became an outcast.
. I had to live outside - away from everyone.
. My wife was quite angry, and really wanted me
. to be angry with God also. I told her that
. we can’t just worship God when things
. are going well, we need to keep worshiping God
. no matter what.
DR. Did only your wife challenge you?
JOB No, three of my friends came to visit.
. It was nice at first. They were there
. to sympathize and comfort me. For seven days
. they didn’t say a word. I finally had it.
. I started complaining – big time.
. I wished I had never been born. I mean,
. I had thought that God only blessed the upright,
. and let bad things happen only to the wicked.
DR. That’s very understandable. I’m sure
. most of us would have felt that way.
. How did your friends react?
JOB Eliphaz asked me if I wasn’t trusting God enough?
. According to him, I should have been happy
. that God was disciplining me, and I needed
. to repent so that God could then help me.
. Of course I was angry with his comments.
. He just assumed that I was guilty.
. You don’t think I had already confessed all
. my sins? As soon as all this started happening-
. I went over all my actions - to make sure
. there was nothing I had done wrong –
. and not brought before God.
DR. Most of us don’t need ANYONE telling us
. when we’ve done something wrong.
. We usually know.
JOB Exactly. Then Bildad said the same thing 3
. but was even LESS compassionate.
. Zophar was even harsher. In fact,
. he said that I probably deserved to suffer
. even more! Who are THEY to judge me?
DR. And how was that working for you?
JOB It wasn’t. None of us are perfect.
. And none of us can understand God and His ways.
. God definitely had something to say to us.
. How can any of us, a mere creation of God,
. question the almighty God who created everything?
. He is in control. AND sometimes God does allow
. the wicked to get rich and live without
. much suffering. So I thought about all
. the different reasons why I was suffering.
DR. Or, why any of US could suffer. So what
. did you come up with?
JOB We CAN suffer because of our sins.
. God then allows consequences in our lives
. to teach us a lesson. Sometimes we suffer
. because someone else has sinned.
. There is sin in this world. Bad things happen.
. These things God allows in our lives in order –
. to test us. Not only does this help us
. to learn something about our relationship with God
. and how much we trust in God and depend on Him
. to work things out. But it can be a way –
. for the world to see how God helps us.
DR. (adding) As a way of being a witness?
DR. That’s an excellent way to look at it.
JOB Exactly. I mean, how could the world
. ever see how God helps us – if God never
. has to help us?
DR. Very good point.
JOB I did have to apologize to God for
. throwing my fit of anger and not totally trusting
. Him to work it out.
DR. So God worked everything out?
JOB And more! God healed my body.
. And whatever I had before,
. God gave me back to me twice as much.
. Even my children. My wife and I
. had 7 more sons and 3 more daughters.
DR. (pondering) But that’s not double the amount.
JOB Ah, you forget – I will see the other ten children
. when I go to be with God up in heaven.
. Even if the wicked DO get good things here
. on earth, they will NOT receive the
. ultimate blessings that the faithful will receive
. eternally - in heaven. And then, for us,
. there will be sorrows – no more.
DR. Can’t wait. But for now, this is Dr. Will saying,
. “Let God help YOU - through whatever you
. are going through. He WILL work it out.”