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006. Jonah’s Journey

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About 5 minutes, from the Book of Jonah

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

Jonah

(Walk, limping and groaning, toward Ninevite)
Hello, friend. Tell me, please, which way is Nineveh?

Ninevite

Nineveh! Hey, man, you don’t want to go there!
They’re really wicked!
I know, because I’m also a Ninevite.
What’s your name?

Jonah

I’m Jonah.
You’re right; I don’t want to go to Nineveh,
but the alternative is a bit worse.

Ninevite

Well, if you must go, there are the Ninevites!
(
Point)

Jonah

Yeah, they do look really bad!
I see why the Almighty sent me to scold them.

Ninevite

Just hear them clamor!

Prompter & Echoes

More whiskey!

Ninevite

Oooo! What an odor!
You are reeking of fish, Jonah! Ugh!
You stink! Where have you been?

Jonah

If I told you, you’d not believe me.

Ninevite

Well, of course I would believe you;
it’s obvious that you’ve been somewhere weird!
You smell as if you swallowed a live fish!

Jonah

Well, it was sort of the other way around. I…
No, you’d never believe me!

Ninevite

Of course I will believe you, Jonah.

Jonah

Okay. I was sailing to Tarshish,
fleeing from where God had told me to go,
to avoid declaring God’s punishment to Nineveh.
Halfway across the sea, the Almighty sent a storm.

Prompter & Echoes

A violent storm!

Jonah

The boat was about to sink and I told the crew
that it was my fault. They threw me overboard!

Prompter & Echoes

He’ll drown!

Ninevite

So how did you survive?

Jonah

God prepared a very big fish.
It swallowed me, and God kept me alive.
On the third day it puked me up on a beach.

Ninevite

Go on! Get out of here! (Raise your fist.)

Jonah

Goodbye, sir.
Well, here is the city of Nineveh.
Hear me, all you Ninevites!
In forty days Almighty God will destroy you
and your wicked city!

Prompter & Echoes

God’s judgment is fearful!

Jonah

Now I am sitting on a hill,
waiting to watch the fire fall from heaven.

Ninevite

`But us Ninevites repent!
We turn from sin to God, and cry out to him.

Prompter & Echoes

Mercy!

Jonah

There is more to my story, but that’s enough.

Prompter & Echoes

He’s ashamed to finish it!

Ninevite

I’ll tell the rest of your story, Jonah.
You sit on a hill overlooking Nineveh,
waiting to see the fire fall on us.
But we repent; even our King puts on sackcloth.
God does not destroy us as you had predicted,
so you pout!

Jonah

And why not? I ask God to take my life.

Ninevite

However, God has a plant grow
and shield you from the hot sun.

Jonah

Yes, but a worm attacks it, and I lose my shade.

Prompter & Echoes

Now Jonah’s really sore!

Ninevite

What’s wrong with you, Jonah?
You cared more for a plant
than for the lives of thousands of people!

Jonah

That was true. God asked me,
“Should I not have compassion on Nineveh,
with its more than 120,000 persons
who do not know the difference
between their right and left hand?”

Prompter & Echoes

Thank you, God, for mercy!