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TIME TRAVEL BIBLE SERIES: ABRAHAM AND ABIMELECH
. - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: honesty, trusting God
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 20:1-18, 21:22-34
Style: fantasy/conversation: BROOK and DARREN
. time travel back into Bible times
. to imagine what it must have been like
. for Abraham as he dealt with Abimelech
Cast: BROOK, DARREN, ABRAHAM, ABIMELECH, PHICOL
Set & Props: Bible; crown, sword and shield
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 Last time Abraham pleaded with God
. to help spare Lot’s life – again.
DARREN Ready for imagination time travel?
BROOK I really want to see what ABRAHAM
. has been up to.
(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:
(As ABRAHAM enters, he begins to pace and fret.
DARREN and BROOK look around.)
BROOK Are we in a different place?
DARREN (looks into Bible) Yeah, it says here
. that Abraham had moved to the area
. called Gerar.
BROOK Is this a bad place, because, Abraham
. looks a little upset with things.
(ABRAHAM falls to his knees in prayer.)
ABRAHAM Oh Lord God Most High, please remember me!
. It has happened again. Please - help!
DARREN (looks into Bible) Ah, because Abraham
. LIED - again - about his wife Sarah being
. his sister. So Abimelech, king of Gerar,
. came and took Sarah.
BROOK God could have helped them BEFORE -
. but no, Abraham thought he could handle
. things on his own using a lie. Well,
. I wonder if God is going to help him now.
(KING ABIMELECH enters and finds ABRAHAM.)
(ABRAHAM sees ABIMELECH and gets up to his feet.)
ABIMELECH What have you done to us?
. How have I ever hurt you, that you
. should treat me this way? You have
. done things to me that should not be done.
. You said that Sarah was your sister.
ABRAHAM I thought - because people here
. did not respect God, you would kill me
. in order to take my wife.
ABIMELECH You lied to everyone about Sarah.
ABRAHAM She actually is my sister – a HALF-sister.
BROOK (to DARREN) That is still a lie.
ABIMELECH That is still a lie.
ABRAHAM Do not blame Sarah. I made her promise to
. go along with this plan- It was a bad plan.
BROOK Well, that was one time Sarah
. should not have obeyed Abraham.
DARREN Exactly. We should obey God before man.
ABIMELECH Now, understand - I did not touch Sarah.
. God told me in a dream who she was, and
. that I should not touch her. Your God
. certainly protected her for you.
BROOK See? Abraham did not have to lie. God
. would have somehow protected both of them.
ABRAHAM All we wanted was to live here in peace.
ABIMELECH Yes, well, I have brought your wife back.
. And I am giving you sheep and oxen,
. along with some servants. I do not want
. your God to be angry with me. And -
. please- live anywhere you want on my land.
ABRAHAM Thank you.
ABIMELECH Listen, I did nothing wrong;
. but because of your actions,
. we have suffered consequences.
. Now, as I have brought Sarah back to you,
. your God told me that He saw my integrity,
. and that you should then pray for me.
(ABRAHAM nods and ABIMELECH exits. ABRAHAM kneels
DARREN So Abraham prayed for King Abimelech,
. and God healed the king’s family
. and household from their suffering.
BROOK And so all was well between Abraham
. and king Abimelech?
DARREN Not quite, we jump to about –
. a year later.
(As DARREN turns a page in the Bible, ABRAHAM exits, and
ABIMELECH enters with PHICOL, a commander of his army.)
PHICOL Why do you need to speak with this Abraham?
. I am the commander of your army.
. Do you not trust in our strength? (waits)
. You’re not afraid of this man, are you?
ABIMELECH (admitting) I fear the God of Abraham.
PHICOL How much do you fear this God?
ABIMELECH Let’s just say, I’ve had an experience in
. dealing with this man and his God. And I’ve
. seen enough to know –I really want to make
. sure- we ALWAYS get along with this man.
ABRAHAM King Abimelech.
ABIMELECH Abraham, I see that God is with you
. in all that you do. As well,
. I have been very kind and generous to you;
. so I want you to swear by your God
. that you will not deal falsely with me
. or with my family and household.
ABRAHAM I swear it.
ABIMELECH Good. That is all I needed to hear.
ABRAHAM Now, King Abimlelech, as we are
. on good terms, I have some concerns
. to discuss. There are some issues.
ABIMELECH Oh-oh. Okay, I’m- listening.
ABRAHAM There is a water well that I have dug,
. but your servants took it from me,
. saying that I had no rights to use it.
ABIMELECH This is the first that I hear of this.
. (looks at PHICOL, who shakes his head)
PHICOL (shrugs) I did not know about this.
ABIMELECH You should have told me sooner.
ABRAHAM Then, let us make a covenant.
. You will promise to tell your servants
. that I dug that well, so it is mine to use.
(ABRAHAM and ABIMELECH exit. PHICOL pretends to watch.)
BROOK Oh, they’re going to do that cut-up animal
. aren’t they?
DARREN Yes, the way they made contracts back then.
. Very serious stuff.
(ABRAHAM and ABIMELECH enter again.)
ABIMELECH And you also gave me seven lambs.
. What are these for?
ABRAHAM I am giving those to you.
ABIMELECH That is NOT usually part of a covenant.
ABRAHAM No. It is a gesture of good will
. from me to you – as a way to prove
. that I really made that water well.
. I do not want you to think that I am lying
. or stole it from your household.
ABIMELECH Thank you. Let us leave now, Phicol.
(PHICOL nods to ABRAHAM and exits with ABIMELECH.
ABRAHAM exits in the other direction.)
DARREN Abraham called the area around the well
. Beersheba, because that was where
. they made the covenant. Later,
. Abraham planted a tamarisk tree there.
BROOK Why a tamarisk tree?
DARREN Apparently these trees take a very long
. time to grow, and they need nurturing.
. So this tree is enjoyed only by the
. generations to come - long after the one
. who planted it.
BROOK So it was a symbol, or reminder,
. to Abraham’s descendants of the foundations
. established there at Beersheba.
DARREN Exactly! And Abraham worshiped God
. in that spot, and lived in the land
. of the Philistines for many days.
BROOK So God does work things out for you
. when you decide to live honestly.
(INCLUDE ENDING: unless going right into the next skit.)
(DARREN closes the Bible.)
BROOK Ahhh, and when exactly do we get to see
. Abraham and Sarah’s baby?
DARREN Next time.