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TOPIC:        sin, judgment, God’s care
SCRIPTURE:    Genesis 9:18-11:26
Style:        fantasy/conversation:  BROOK and DARREN
.             time travel back into Bible times
.             to imagine what it must have been like
.             after the flood, when the Tower of Babel
.             was being built
Cast:         BROOK, DARREN, MAN 1-3
Set & Props:  Bible;  shovel,
.             5 bricks (IE. made of shoeboxes),


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


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

BROOK         So, the earth had a fresh new start right
.             after the flood.  I’m very curious to see
.             if people have learned a lesson about God.

DARREN        Ready for imagination time travel?

BROOK         Very ready!

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


(BROOK and DARREN quickly step forward as MAN 1-2 enter
from stage left, each carrying a “heavy” brick across
at the same time as MAN 3 enters at stage right holding
a shovel.  MAN 3 steps back to get out of MAN 1-2’s way.)

MAN 1         Out of our way!

(While MAN 1-2 exit stage right with their bricks,
MAN 3 just stands there.)

BROOK         What is going on?
.                                                      2
DARREN        (checking Bible)  Oh, I see.  Right
.             after Noah and his family left the ark,
.             his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth,
.             all started raising their families
.             with their wives.

BROOK         So from these three sons, the whole
.             earth was populated.

DARREN        Yes.  God had told them to “Be fruitful,
.             and multiply, and FILL the earth.”
.             Meaning, they were supposed to spread out.

BROOK         So they all had a close relationship
.             with God?

DARREN        Well... no.  

(MAN 1-2 enter and look at MAN 3.)

MAN 1         Come on!  We need you over here again
.             with that shovel!

(MAN 3 exits wearily behind MAN 1-2 to stage left.)

DARREN        At that time, everyone spoke the same
.             language.  Those who lived in the
.             land of Shinar, those specifically
.             from Ham’s family, decided to build
.             a big city and a tower whose top
.             would reach into heaven.

BROOK         Because?  I mean, is there something
.             really wrong with that?

(MAN 1-2 enter from stage left, each carrying a brick.
DARREN and BROOK now step back, out of their way again.  
MAN 1-2 talk while walking across and exit again.)

MAN 1         I cannot wait until this city is done.
.             Everyone in the whole world will know
.             that WE are the most powerful.

MAN 2         Exactly!  And that way we can block people
.             from moving into the rest of the land.

BROOK         Oh, they were trying to stop people
.             from obeying God.  People were SUPPOSED
.             to spread out over the earth.
.                                                      3
(MAN 1-2 enter again while talking and crossing.)

MAN 2         Just think, we will have ultimate control.
.             And when they see this big tower, nobody
.             would dare attack us, that’s for sure.

MAN 1         And we can show the world that we
.             do not need God.  I mean, who does He
.             think He is, anyway?  Right?
.             I should be able to do whatever I want.

(MAN 1-2 exit.)

BROOK         Oh no.

DARREN        That’s why it was wrong to do.

BROOK         You’d think people would have learned
.             not to disobey or push away God.

DARREN        Well, of course, God saw what they were
.             trying to do.  And God was not about to let
.             anyone take control over the entire earth.

BROOK         So what did God do?

(MAN 1 enters from stage left carrying a brick.
MAN 1 stops to yell at the MEN behind him.
The phrases in parenthesis can be translated into any
other languages.  For this, I have MAN 2 speaking Spanish
and MAN 3 speaking German.  And for this purpose,
it doesn’t even have to sound perfect- just different.)

MAN 1         Come on.  Let’s all start carrying
.             bricks to the work site.

(MAN 2 enters without a brick.)

MAN 2         ¿Qué estás diciendo? (What are you saying?)

MAN 1         What is your problem?  Where’s your brick?
.             Go get a brick!

MAN 2         ¿Cómo?  (What?)

MAN 1         Have you gone mad?  What are you
.             babbling about?  Stop mumbling and just-
.             do as I say!

(MAN 3 enters with shovel.  MAN 1 now sees MAN 3.)      4

MAN 1         And you!  I told you to start
.             carrying bricks.  Put the shovel away.

MAN 3         Ich verstehe nicht.  (I don’t understand.)

MAN 1         What is going on here?

MAN 3         Sie seltsam klingen.  Aber haben Sie schon
.             immer seltsam.  (You sound strange, but you
.                              have always been strange.)

(MAN 1 puts the brick in MAN 3’s arms.)

MAN 1         Here, take this one.  I’ll get another one.

MAN 3         Nein!  (gives brick back to MAN 1)

MAN 1         Nine?  You want to carry nine?  Go ahead.

(MAN 3 exits stage right with shovel.)

MAN 1         Where are you going?

MAN 3         Aus dem Weg.  (Out of my way.)

MAN 2         Él tiene que trabajar!  (He needs to work!)

(MAN 2 points at MAN 3 angrily, then follows after him.
MAN 1 stomps after MAN 2, still carrying a brick.)

MAN 1         Where’re YOU going, and WHAT’re you saying?

DARREN        So God confused their language, so they
.             could no longer carry out their plans.

BROOK         Ah, so this is how it all started.

(MAN 1-3 enter while speaking then stand still in a group
while glancing at each other suspiciously.)

MAN 2         ¿Cómo?  (What?)

MAN 3         Ich verstehe nicht.  (I don’t understand.)

MAN 1         I just don’t know what you are all saying!

DARREN        And this is where God spread them out
.             across the earth.
.                                                       5
(MAN 1 exits upper stage right.)

DARREN        Japheth’s big family moved to
.             the general area that is now Europe.

(MAN 2 exits stage left.)

DARREN        Shem’s big family settled in the area
.             that is known as Asia.

(MAN 3 exits lower stage left.)

DARREN        Ham’s big family settled in Africa.
.             (this “interesting note” is optional...)
.             And it is interesting to note that because
.             Ham had sinned against his father,
.             Ham’s youngest son, Canaan would be cursed.
.             Canaan’s family would become the
.             Canaanites, the nation who would do very
.             many evil things.  But God would
.             eventually lead people into battles
.             that would slowly make that nation
.             disappear from the earth.

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

(DARREN closes the Bible.)

BROOK         Was there anyone left who wanted
.             to have a close relationship with God?

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

BROOK         I cannot wait.

(BROOK comments as they exit.)