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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
Set & Props:  Bible;  crown, sword and shield


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 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.)


(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.)
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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.)

ABIMELECH     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.
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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
in prayer.)

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.
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(ABRAHAM enters.)

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
.             pathway-walking-covenant-thing,
.             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?
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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.