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KING SAUL - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: pride, power, righteousness, justice
SCRIPTURE: 1 Sam.8:1 - 2 Sam. 2:10
Style: satire/spoof on Law & Order: police
. investigate the murder of King Saul and
. find that it was a righteous kill
Cast: Police Detectives 1 & 2, Friend of Samuel,
. Saul’s Son, David, Servant,
. Narrator (done in the style of Law & Order)
Set & Props: 2 paper pads and 2 pens, 2 badges, crown
NARRATOR In the newly royal-run system,
. murderous offenses are considered
. especially heinous. In the country of Israel,
. the dedicated authorities who investigate
. these sins are members of an elite squad,
. who still remain unknown –
. these - are their stories. CA-CHING!
(POLICE 1 & 2 walk in and look down to the side,
POLICE 1 What do we have here?
POLICE 2 King Saul. He has a few arrow wounds,
. but I’d say by the large sword in his chest,
. he died due to this large puncture wound.
POLICE 1 This did happen in the middle of a battle field.
POLICE 2 But was it - a righteous killing?
POLICE 1 We’ll have to follow the money,
. or in this case, the line of power.
(POLICE cross the stage and write on their pads of paper.)
POLICE 2 This is the home of Samuel’s old friend.
. If anyone can give us King Saul’s background,
. it’s him. He may even be a suspect.
POLICE 1 There’d be motive. Prophets used to run things,
. until their power was taken away...
. first by the judges, now the kings.
(FRIEND walks up. POLICE 2 holds up his/her badge.)
POLICE 2 You’re the friend of the prophet Samuel?
POLICE 1 Could you tell us about Samuel’s involvement
. with the deceased?
FRIEND Well, there was never supposed to be a king,
. but the people of Israel really wanted one.
. God explained to Samuel that
. the people weren’t rejecting him as their leader –
. they were really rejecting God.
. They just wanted to be like
. all the other countries, even if it meant
. having to work harder and pay more taxes.
POLICE 2 Would you say that the prophets could benefit
. from Saul’s death?
FRIEND Hardly. Another king will just take his place.
POLICE 2 What about Samuel’s sons?
FRIEND His sons were good-for-nothing judges
. who perverted justice. The people refused
. to put up with that. God ultimately
. has all the power anyway. A true prophet
. takes all their direction from God.
POLICE 2 Think Saul made a good king?
FRIEND Saul was from the Benjamites,
. the smallest tribe in Israel.
. Started out as a humble guy, led by God.
. The people respected and feared him well enough.
. But sadly, the power went to his head.
. Pride took over, and Saul started doing things
. without consulting God or the prophet Samuel.
. Kind of lost it, if you ask me.
. Fortunately his son, Jonathan, won a few battles
. despite all this, but it was tough going.
POLICE 2 Okay, thanks. (turning to Police 1) 3
. We need to question the son.
POLICE 1 Ah, he also died in battle,
. along with two others. But there is
. at least one son who’s still alive.
(FRIEND leaves and SON enters. POLICE 1 holds up badge.)
POLICE 1 Ish-Bosheth, son of Saul?
SON Yeah, and that’s King Ish-Bosheth to you.
POLICE 1 Quite right. And sorry for your loss,
. by the way. Although you don’t look
. too torn up about it.
SON Hey, it was Abner’s idea to bring me here
. and make me king. Believe me,
. I could have done without the headache.
POLICE 1 You mean, the headache of all this power
. you just acquired?
SON Trust me, I’m more the “yes-man” type.
POLICE 2 We need to ask a few questions. What kind
. of relationship did you have with your father?
SON Me? Not bad, I guess.
POLICE 2 What about home-life in general.
SON Well, I have to be honest, it was tense at times.
. Dad once was going to have Jonathan killed
. just for eating honey. Jonathan had no idea
. that Dad had made an oath for him
. and all the soldiers - not to eat anything
. that day until he got his revenge. Fortunately
. the men convinced Dad to change his mind.
. But then, after prophet Samuel told Dad
. that God had rejected him as king –
. his anger went way out of control.
. Especially after Samuel anointed David
. to be the next king.
POLICE 2 So your father had anger-management issues.
SON Didn't help that David started winning
. more and more battles. Put Dad to shame.
. Dad would fly into these jealous rages –
. the he’d try to kill him – stuff like that.
POLICE 1 You mean he’d try to kill David?
SON That’s right. David eventually went into hiding.
POLICE 1 Any idea where to find David?
SON Abner, my army commander, might know.
(SON exits. ABNER walks in. Both POLICE 1 & 2
hold up badges.)
POLICE 2 Abner, commander of the king’s army?
POLICE 1 Tell us, what you would gain
. from King Saul’s death?
ABNER Why don’t you tell me?
POLICE 1 How about the opportunity to hand pick
. the next king – let’s just say –
. a young king you could easily manipulate.
. This would give you a lot more power.
ABNER Didn’t kill King Saul, but I saw the whole thing.
POLICE 1 Why didn’t you report this?
ABNER No one asked me.
POLICE 2 Well, we’re asking you now. Was it David?
ABNER Noooo. But David would have had just cause.
. Saul was determined to kill David. Saul had us
. chasing David all around the countryside. Twice,
. David had the opportunity to take out Saul –
. never had the guts. David’s excuse always was –
. "he would never harm the Lord’s anointed."
POLICE 1 I don’t see that as an excuse, but whatever.
. Do have any idea where David is now?
ABNER Once David fled into the land of the Philistines,
. Saul gave up the chase. Never saw David again.
POLICE 2 So what happened?
ABNER The battle is what happened.
. Saul had to focus on that instead.
. The Philistines attacked Israel and concentrated
. their efforts on King Saul and his sons.
. They killed three of the sons and wounded Saul.
. As they were closing in, real fast, so
. Saul asked his armor-bearer to help –
. ah, “do him in.”
POLICE 2 An assisted suicide? Are you sure?
ABNER He didn’t stand a chance. I couldn’t get to him.
. Too much battle-action going on all around me.
. The armor-bearer made it out, though.
. I have a sneaking suspicion he ran off
. to find David.
(ABNER leaves. DAVID walks on. POLICE 1 shows badge.)
POLICE 1 David? King David?
. YOU'RE a hard man to find.
DAVID I’ve been busy.
POLICE 2 You mean, on the run.
DAVID I have a lot of enemies.
POLICE 2 Tell me, one of those enemies happened
. to be King Saul?
DAVID He had some issues with me,
. but I tried not to take it personally.
. I respected his position as king.
. He had been God's anointed after all.
POLICE 2 Even though you also were anointed as king 6
. and rightly had that position?
POLICE 1 Maybe you got tired of waiting for Saul to die
. so you could take the throne and the power?
DAVID Not really. I fully trusted that when
. it was my time, God would provide the way.
. Ultimately, God has all the power.
POLICE 1 But you had motive, you had opportunity –
DAVID Oh, I had opportunity. Several times.
POLICE 2 So we heard. But you could have hired a hit man –
. let’s say - a certain armor-bearer?
DAVID Ah, King Saul’s armor-bearer.
. He came to tell me that King Saul was dead,
. and that he had helped kill Saul.
POLICE 2 Where is this armor-bearer now?
DAVID I had to execute him. No one has the right
. to kill the Lord’s anointed.
POLICE 1 (to Police 2) Can he just do that?
POLICE 2 That would be a righteous kill.
. And, not only is he king,
. but he is a king who follows and obeys God.
POLICE 1 Well, case closed, then.
. Saul's armor-bearer was the murderer.
. And by David's hand, righteous-justice
. has been serviced.
(POLICE snap their notebooks shut and exit.)