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TEN COMMANDMENTS - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: do’s and don’ts, love, motives, need for God
SCRIPTURE: Ex.20:1-17; Mt.22:36-40
Style: drama/conversation: people discuss the
. logic and patterns of the 10 commandments
Cast: 3 PEOPLE
Set & Props: Bible
(PERSON 1 enters with PERSON 2 and notices PERSON 3
reading a Bible.)
P1 Why are you reading THAT book?
. It’s only filled with
. a bunch of do’s and don’ts.
P3 Are you talking about –
. the ten commandments?
P2 There’s only TEN of them.
P1 Still, I have problems remembering even –
. five - four - I don’t even know
. where they ARE in the Bible.
(PERSON 3 flips through the Bible to find it.)
P2 Well, all the commandments can be summed up
. into just two, actually. Matthew 22:27 says
. that the greatest commandment is
. to love the Lord your God with all your heart,
. and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
. In other words, put God first.
P1 How d’you figure?
P3 Ah, well, in Exodus:20, the first half
. of the ten commandments says: (reading)
. “Do not have other gods before Me.
. Do not make idols for yourself,
. or worship them or serve them, for I,
. the Lord your God, am a jealous God” –
P2 The number one thing in your life
. should not be a made-up god, or work,
. or people, or yourself, or toys...
. You should put GOD first.
P3 “Do not take the name of
. the Lord your God in vain.”
P1 What is that exactly mean anyway?
P2 Don’t swear using God’s name or
. use His name frivolously by
. using different forms of His name,
. like: Oh God, Jesus, or why even
. pretend to with words
. like: Gee, Golly, Gosh...
. So, in other words, put God first.
P3 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” –
P1 That makes absolutely no sense to me.
P2 You need to rest one day a week,
. and set it aside to focus on God.
. Put God first. The second half
. of the ten commandments is summed up
. in the second most important commandment:
. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
. That means, put others ahead of yourself.
P3 “Honor your father and your mother.”
P1 Ha! They aren’t my neighbors!
P2 Neighbor means – anybody. In other words,
. put others ahead of yourself.
P3 “Do not murder.”
P1 Okay, obviously: don’t kill anybody.
P2 Which is putting others ahead of yourself.
P3 “Do not commit adultery.”
P1 Got it. That's a “no.”
P2 Aaaand THAT’S putting others ahead of yourself.
P3 “Do not steal.” 3
P1 You mean just BIG things.
P2 It means: do not take ANYTHING
. that does not belong to you.
. It means putting others ahead of yourself.
P3 “Do not bear false witness
. against your neighbor.”
P1 I have no idea what that means!
P2 It means, do not gossip or lie.
. Not even a little bit.
. Put others ahead of yourself.
P3 “Do not covet your neighbor’s house;
. or your neighbor’s wife or his servants,
. his ox or donkeys or –
P1 Translation, please!
P2 Or car, bike, cell phone, big screen TV...
. In other words, do not be greedy or jealous
. of anything. Be happy with what you have,
. and be happy for others for what they have.
. Put – others ahead of yourself.
(PERSON 1 joins PERSON 2 with the last phrase.)
P1 So that’s it, then? Put God first,
. and put others ahead of yourself.
. Basically - it’s just common sense.
. Not difficult to remember after all.
P2 And when you love God and people,
. you will want to do that anyway.
P3 That would sum up quite nicely
. the reason why I read this book.
P1 Interesting. It’s NOT just a bunch of
. do’s and don’ts. Obviously,
. there’s more to it than I thought.
. Hm, maybe I need to know more.