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TOPIC:        God’s purpose
SCRIPTURE:    Genesis 39:1-41:57
Style:        fantasy/conversation:  BROOK and DARREN
.             time travel back into Bible times
.             to imagine what it must have been like
.             for Joseph to be separated from his family
.             and having to trust God
Cast:         BROOK, DARREN,
Set & Props:  Bible


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


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

BROOK         Now do we get to find out
.             if Joseph is okay?  

DARREN        Ready for imagination time travel?

BROOK         Totally.

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


(BAKER and CUPBEARER enter and sit on the floor,
then JOSEPH enters to check in on them.)

BROOK         Are - they in jail?
.             As in prison?

DARREN        They are.  That must be Joseph,
.             standing over there.

BROOK         Just how bad has it been for him
.             all these years?

(JOSEPH looks at BAKER and CUPBEARER.)                  2

JOSEPH        How are you two doing today?

BAKER         How do you expect?  Not good.

CUPBEARER     So who are you, anyway?  Why do YOU
.             get to roam about the prison?

JOSEPH        I’m Joseph.

CUPBEARER     You’re not from around here.

JOSEPH        No.  My brothers wanted to kill me,
.             but instead sold me into slavery
.             to some Midianites passing by.
.             They in turn brought me here to Egypt
.             where I was bought by Potiphar.

BAKER         Potiphar?  Isn’t that Pharaoh’s officer?
.             Captain of the bodyguard?

CUPBEARER     It is.  So, he threw you into prison?
.             What did you do?

JOSEPH        I was promoted and successful in my work.
.             It wasn’t long before I was made overseer
.             of his house and everything he owned.
.             It was soon after that, Potiphar’s wife -
.             ah – she ah – wanted me.  You know, and
.             I knew that was big trouble so I said “no”.
.             She got angry and accused me of trying
.             to hurt her.  And so – here I am.
.             At least the chief jailer lets me work
.             and do things to help run the prison.

BAKER         Well, we are both innocent, as well.

CUPBEARER     We somehow offended the Pharaoh.

JOSEPH        What were you to him?

BAKER         I am his chief baker.
.             And he is Pharaoh’s chief cupbearer.

CUPBEARER     Doesn’t matter much now, does it?

JOSEPH        You seem extra sad today - and irritated!
.             What is it?

BAKER         Oh, well, we both had weird dreams        3
.             last night, and no one around here
.             has any idea what they might mean.

JOSEPH        Well, I know that interpretations
.             belong to God.  

BAKER         And you - know God?

JOSEPH        Tell me your dreams... please.

(CUPBEARER and BAKER look at each other, curious.
CUPBEARER decides to start.  JOSEPH sits down to listen.)

CUPBEARER     In my dream, I saw a vine;
.             and on the vine were three branches.
.             As it was budding, its blossoms
.             came out and produced ripe grapes.
.             Now Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand;
.             so I took the grapes and squeezed them
.             into Pharaoh’s cup, and
.             I put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

JOSEPH        (finishes listening, thinks then nods)
.             This is the interpretation of it:
.             the three branches are three days;
.             in three more days, Pharaoh
.             will restore you to your office;
.             and you will keep serving him.
.             All that I ask is that you remember me
.             and ask Pharaoh to get me out of prison,
.             since I have done nothing wrong.

CUPBEARER     Yes, of course I’ll do that.
.             And thank you!  This is such good news.

BAKER         Now do mine.  In my dream, what I saw
.             was - three baskets of bread and
.             other baked goodies.  I was carrying
.             these baskets on my head, but there were
.             birds eating out of the top basket.

JOSEPH        Ah...  Well... this is the interpretation
.             of your dream: the three baskets are
.             three days.  In three days, unfortunately,
.             Pharaoh will hang you on a tree,
.             and the birds will - eat your flesh.

CUPBEARER     Ew.  Ah, sorry.

BAKER         Maybe you’re wrong.  Yes?                 4

(JOSEPH sighs and exits.  BAKER and CUPBEARER
follow him out.  DARREN looks into the Bible.)

DARREN        Joseph’s interpretation was not wrong.
.             In three days, the cupbearer could
.             go back to work, but unfortunately
.             the baker - was put to death.

BROOK         But did the cupbearer remember Joseph?

DARREN        No, not for two years-

BROOK         Two years!  Quick, let’s jump ahead
.             to see what finally happens.

(DARREN turns a page in the Bible.

CUPBEARER     Sorry that I forgot about you.

JOSEPH        I stayed in jail two more years.

CUPBEARER     Again, I’m sorry.  It wasn’t until
.             the Pharaoh had these crazy dreams.
.             I thought mine was weird.
.             But – come on - that’s weird -
.             seven skinny cows eating seven fat cows?
.             And then seven skinny corn ears
.             eating seven fat corn ears?  Weird!
.             Anyway, none of Pharaoh’s magicians
.             or wise men could tell him what it meant.
.             THEN I remembered you, and
.             that you could probably interpret it.
.             So... could you do it?

JOSEPH        As I told Pharaoh, I cannot interpret
.             dreams - it is God who can do it.

CUPBEARER     Well, did you?  I mean, did God do it?
.             What did it mean?

JOSEPH        There will be seven good years for
.             growing crops and raising cattle,
.             then there will be seven years
.             of extreme drought and worldwide famine.

CUPBEARER     Oh... no.  That’s not good.

JOSEPH        It was good of God to give us             5
.             a warning.  I suggested to Pharaoh
.             that we store up what we can
.             during the next seven good years,
.             so that we will survive.

CUPBEARER     And what will happen to you now?

JOSEPH        Since I also gave Pharaoh
.             a few helpful suggestions
.             about how to store, ration and guard
.             our supplies, Pharaoh has put me
.             in charge over the land of Egypt.

CUPBEARER     Congratulations.  (bowing to JOSEPH)
.             You are now a very powerful young man.
.             Only Pharaoh is more powerful than you are.

JOSEPH        Even though I was almost killed,
.             and I have been separated from my family,
.             and have been in prison,
.             God has always looked after me.
.             I am sure there is a reason for all of this
.             which is bigger than I can understand.

CUPBEARER     Let me know if there’s anything I can do
.             to help.

(JOSEPH nods and exits.  CUPBEARER follows.)

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

(DARREN closes the Bible.)

BROOK         That is sure exciting to hear.

DARREN        I can’t wait until next time
.             to find out what that reason is.