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TOPIC:        trust, belief
SCRIPTURE:    Gen.15:1-21, Rom.4:3, Gal.3:6, James 2:23
Style:        fantasy/conversation:  BROOK and DARREN
.             time travel back into Bible times
.             to imagine what it must have been like
.             for Abram as God renamed him Abraham
.             and made a covenant with him
Set & Props:  Bible; flashlight; ten items (ie. pillows)
.             wrapped in brown materials to represent
.             the halves of the cow, goat, ram,
.             turtledove and pigeon


NOTE:         ONE TIME INTRO:  when doing this skit
.             outside of the series, use this


(DARREN and BROOK enter.  DARREN carries a Bible.)

BROOK         Last time Abram was talking about
.             how God was going to reward him.

DARREN        Ready for imagination time travel?

BROOK         Ready to find out what the reward will be!

(DARREN holds the Bible up, while he and BROOK
both open the Bible together, eyes wide, excited
and looking around wondering what will happen.)


(ABRAM enters and kneels.)

BROOK         And - there’s Abram.  Praying, again.

ABRAHM        Lord, I know you will supply my needs,
.             but I am afraid that when I refused
.             the reward from the king of Sodom,
.             after helping them, he may have been
.             greatly offended.  I’m thinking that maybe
.             now he will see me as his enemy.
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GOD’S VOICE   Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield
.             to you; your reward shall be very great.

ABRAM         O Lord GOD, remember that I am childless.
.             I need a son to be my heir.  I could adopt
.             someone from my household to be my heir.

BROOK         Interesting how Abram is giving God
.             suggestions about how to fix his situation.

DARREN        Yeah, I’m sure God knows what He’s doing.

GOD’S VOICE   You will have your OWN child.  Now, look at
.             the heavens, and count the stars!  That is
.             how numerous your descendants shall be.  

ABRAM         (looking up)  I - believe!  Lord!

GOD’S VOICE   I am the LORD who brought you here,
.             to give you this land to possess it.

ABRAM         I do believe, O Lord GOD, but-
.             how may I know that I will possess it?

GOD’S VOICE   This is so you will know-

(ABRAM exits and begins to bring in the ten different
sized pieces representing the animal halves.  Beginning
with the biggest sized pieces, ABRAM lays one half in one
line and the other half in another line.  When finished,
there should be two paralleling lines, like an aisle,
big enough for a person to walk through. Have the “aisle”
openings down and up stage.  While ABRAM is doing this,
DARREN and BROOK talk about what is happening.)

BROOK         I see that Abram is following God’s orders,
.             but what does it mean?

DARREN        Back then, when people made a contract
.             between themselves, they would take animals
.             such as an old heifer, female goat, a ram,
.             turtledove, and a young pigeon.  They would
.             cut these animals in half making a pathway
.             between the bodies of the animals.
.             THEN making their promise to each other,
.             they would BOTH walk through
.             the animal halves.

BROOK         Ah, why?  That just sounds weird.
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DARREN        Well, this contract – called a covenant -
.             was a way to show how serious they were
.             in keeping their promise.  They were
.             kind of saying, “May the same be done
.             to the one who breaks this covenant.”

BROOK         Wait!  So, walking through the dead-cut-up
.             animals was like saying - if anyone
.             broke their promise – they could be cut up
.             just like those animals?  Ew!

DARREN        Well, yeah, something to that effect.
.             The point is, Abram wanted some way to know
.             that God was serious about keeping
.             His promise.  So God used something that
.             people did – so Abram could understand.
.             This helped Abram to trust God.

BROOK         So what are they promising to each other?

(ABRAM goes to the opening of the aisle up stage [back],
then sits down, and falls asleep.)

DARREN        (to BROOK)  Abram just fell asleep.

BROOK         (looks around)  I’m kind of getting scared.

GOD’S VOICE   Know for certain that your descendants
.             will be strangers in a land
.             that is not theirs, where they will be
.             enslaved and oppressed 400 years.

BROOK         God is talking about the days when
.             they will be slaves in Egypt.

DARREN        A prophecy of what is to come.

GOD’S VOICE   I will judge the nation whom they will
.             serve, and afterward they will come out
.             with many possessions.  As for you,
.             you will die in peace at a good old age.
.             Then in the fourth generation they will
.             return here, for the iniquity of
.             the Amorite is not yet complete.

BROOK         Amorites?  Oh, - those evil Canaanites.

DARREN        Right, another prophecy!  But that
.             is jumping even further ahead.
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BROOK         Sorry.  Wait!  Now what is happening?
.             What is that bright light?

(LIGHT slowly makes its way through the animal halves
while BROOK and DARREN talk, and as GOD speaks.)

DARREN        God made Abram fall asleep, so only
.             God is walking through the animal halves
.             while making His promise to Abram.

GOD’S VOICE   To your descendants I have given this land,
.             from the river of Egypt as far as
.             the great river Euphrates.

(LIGHT has gone the entire aisle length, then is gone.)

BROOK         Okay, so only God went between
.             the animal halves.  What do you think
.             that means exactly?

DARREN        Wow!  I guess it’s because – God knows
.             that Abram could never keep his side
.             of the promise, because sooner or later,
.             we all make mistakes.  This way,
.             only God has to keep His promise.

BROOK         And we know that God CAN and WILL
.             keep all of His promises.

DARREN        God does that with Christians, too.
.             Once someone becomes a Christian,
.             God promises eternal life.  Then,
.             even when we keep making mistakes-
.             God keeps His promise of eternal life.
.             Once a child of God– always a child of God.

(ABRAM wakes up and goes to kneel in thankful prayers.)

BROOK         So what exactly did God promise to Abram?

DARREN        The Bible says that Abram gets the land,
.             lots of descendants, and blessings.

BROOK         And what is Abram’s side of this deal?

DARREN        When Abram and his descendants obey God,
.             they are able to enjoy these things.

BROOK         And when they do not obey?
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DARREN        They will always have these things, but
.             they will not enjoy them during that time.

BROOK         I think I understand.

DARREN        You do?  Because- I’m a little confused.

BROOK         It would be like - when Mom and Dad
.             bought us a trampoline.  The trampoline
.             is ours.  When we disobey Mom and Dad,
.             or start fighting with each other,
.             we are not allowed to use the trampoline.
.             But when we obey and play together nicely –
.             we are able to use the trampoline again.
.             Whether we use it or not, the trampoline
.             is always ours.

DARREN        That makes total sense.  So God promised
.             Abram that he and his descendants
.             would have the promised land,
.             many descendants, and blessings –
.             and would enjoy those WHEN they were
.             being obedient to God.

(ABRAM gets up to exit.)

(INCLUDE ENDING:  unless going right into the
next skit.)

(DARREN closes the Bible.)

BROOK         So, nice reward!  But now the question is –
.             how long will Abram be obedient?

DARREN        I guess we’ll have to find out next time.