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006. Aaron’s Presumptuous Sons Dare Enter God’s Most Holy Presence

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About 2 minutes, from Lev. 10 and 16

Participants (No need to memorize lines; the aim is to relive sacred events,
not to perform
)
   Moses
   Nadab
   Prompter      Shout a brief line, and Echoes repeat it.
   Echoes         Children and all adults who want to take part. Echoes need no script.

Nadab

Uncle Moses, why make such a fuss over this Day of Atonement?

Moses

Nadab, your father Aaron is Israel’s first High Priest;
today he will enter the innermost Holy of Holies of this tabernacle
that we have finished building. It is God’s tent of dwelling.

Prompter & Echoes

God is with us!

Aaron

Yes.
I, Aaron, must take the sacrificial blood into God’s very presence;
it glows in the innermost Holy of Holies.
I fear to go behind its veil,
but I must; the blood will atone for all our sins.

Moses

We will celebrate this day every year from now on.

Prompter & Echoes

The atoning blood!

Moses

Look, Nadab. Your father Aaron has entered. Will he live?

Prompter & Echoes

Have mercy, dear God!

Moses

Yes! Look! Aaron has come back out, alive!

Prompter & Echoes

We are forgiven!

Nadab

Uncle Moses, you and our father Aaron think you’re so important!
Are you the only ones who can enter God’s presence?

Moses

Be careful, nephew.
It is the law of the Almighty, not ours.

Nadab

We will see about that.

Prompter & Echoes

Watch out!

Aaron

Oh no! My two sons are taking strange fire into God’s presence!
How can they be so proud and presumptuous
to enter without the sacrificial blood!
Stop them! Oh! It’s too late!

Prompter & Echoes

Fire! Fire!

Moses

Oh, Aaron! Flames have burst out from God’s presence!

Nadab

Help! Help!

Aaron

I can’t bear to hear my sons’ screams!
The fire is consuming them!

Prompter & Echoes

They die before the Lord!

Aaron

My sons! Oh, my dear sons! Why did you defy God’s law?
Why did you disobey the solemn edict of the Most Holy One?

Moses

God warns us all, “Whoever comes near me will treat me as holy.”

Prompter & Echoes

Holy! Holy! Holy!