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TIME TRAVEL BIBLE SERIES: ABRAM HELPS LOT
. - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: God provides
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 13:5-15:1
Style: fantasy/conversation: BROOK and DARREN
. time travel back into Bible times
. to imagine what it must have been like
. for Abram and Lot when they went
. their separate ways.
Cast: BROOK, DARREN, ABRAM, LOT, FUGITIVE,
. KING OF SODOM
Set & Props: Bible; crown
NOTE: ONE TIME INTRO: when doing this skit
. outside of the series, use this intro.
INTRODUCTION TO SKIT IF CONTINUING ON IN THE SERIES:
(DARREN and BROOK enter. DARREN carries a Bible.)
BROOK So last time Abram took matters
. into his own hands and went to Egypt,
. only to go back to where he had started.
. I wonder if he’s going to start
. trusting God a little more?
DARREN We have to find out. Ready for
. imagination time travel?
BROOK Let’s go.
(DARREN holds the Bible up, while he and BROOK
both open the Bible together, eyes wide, excited
and looking around wondering what will happen.)
SCRIPT CONTINUES HERE AFTER INTRODUCTION OPTION:
(ABRAM and then LOT enter from stage right.)
BROOK So what’s happening?
DARREN Well, back in the Bethel and Ai area,
. Abram and his wife, Sarai, and Lot
. became very wealthy. They were very rich
. with livestock, as well as silver and gold.
LOT Abram, we are obviously running
. out of land. I’m not complaining.
. It’s just that as we both keep getting
. richer with more and more livestock,
. our herdsmen keep fighting over
. whose animals are going to eat where.
ABRAM You’re right. And since we are family,
. I really do not want to fight.
. And I don’t want our herdsmen to fight,
LOT So, do you have any ideas?
ABRAM I think it’s time we split up.
. Which land do you want to choose?
. If you go to the left, then I will go
. to the right; or if you want the right,
. then I will go to the left. Your choice!
(LOT thinks and looks around.)
BROOK He’s going to take the best land,
. isn’t he?
LOT I will take the valley of the Jordan,
. which is well watered everywhere.
BROOK That area definitely looks way better.
(LOT exits stage left.)
DARREN Well, Lot went eastward to live in
. the city of Sodom. And Abram got Canaan.
BROOK We’re talking about those Canaanites again?
DARREN Yeessss, but not yet. We have to first
. talk about the people of Sodom, who were
. very, very wicked and sinners against God.
(ABRAM kneels in prayer.)
BROOK So what is Abram doing?
DARREN Oh, God showed Abram the entire land which
. would be belong to his people forever.
BROOK So the Canaanites were NOT giving him
. trouble just yet?
DARREN Not yet. But meanwhile, Lot had
. his troubles.
BROOK Maybe he shouldn’t have taken
. the best land. So what was happening?
DARREN There were two groups of kings who
. were at war. The one group of kings,
. led by the king of Elam – fought
. against another group of kings,
. which included the king of Sodom.
. The first group won the war, and went
. into the cities, which included Sodom.
. They took all of their food and riches-
. AND they took Lot and his household.
BROOK I guess they took Lot because Lot
. was very rich.
(FUGITIVE rushes on from stage left. Seeing ABRAM still
on his knees, he rushes up to ABRAM. ABRAM looks up.)
BROOK Who is that?
FUGITIVE Abram? Abram the Hebrew?
ABRAM Yes, what is wrong?
FUGITIVE I am from the household of Lot.
ABRAM Is Lot doing well?
FUGITIVE No, not at all. Our city was captured.
. The King of Elam, with a bunch of other
. kings, took everything from several
. of our cities, and all the riches, and
. they took Lot and his household captive.
. I managed to escape. I am here to ask
. if you could help us.
ABRAM Yes, I can. We will have to go to war.
. My household is large. Over time,
. I have built up a trained army. As well,
. I have a few good friends who will help out
. with their armies as well. Let’s go.
(FUGITIVE leads ABRAM off stage left.) 4
DARREN Abram and his friends divided
. and conquered the enemies, saving
. Lot and all the people of the cities,
. such as Sodom.
(ABRAM enters from stage left, followed by LOT,
FUGITIVE and the KING OF SODOM.)
LOT Thanks for helping us out!
KING As the King of Sodom, I would like
. to thank you, Abram.
ABRAM We will thank our God Most High
. for this victory.
KING Yeah, sure. But I would like to thank you
. by letting you keep all the riches that
. came from all our people and our cities.
. Just let me keep all the people,
. and you can have everything else.
ABRAM That is extremely thoughtful, but,
. I promised the LORD God Most High,
. that I would NOT take anything of yours.
KING Most strange. Why would you do that?
ABRAM I do not want you to be able to say
. that - YOU have made me rich.
. Everything that I have - comes from God.
KING Interesting, but okay. No problem. I can
. respect that. We will be on our way, then.
(KING and FUGITIVE exits stage left.)
LOT Thanks again, Abram. I just cannot
. understand why you would not accept
. the king’s reward.
ABRAM I know that God will protect me,
. as well as reward me.
LOT Very trusting of you. A little strange,
. but – very trusting.
(LOT waves and exits stage left.)
BROOK So Abram does learn to trust God more.
(ABRAM waves and exits stage right.)
DARREN I guess that’s how it is with us.
. The more we see God working in our lives,
. the more we learn to trust God.
(INCLUDE ENDING: unless going right into the next skit.)
(DARREN closes the Bible.)
BROOK I just wonder how God is going to reward
DARREN Maybe we’ll find out about that next time.
(BROOK and DARREN exit.)