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022. Our Lord Jesus Drives Greedy Merchants from God’s Holy Temple

ZwPI8cfkOur Lord Jesus Drives Greedy Merchants from God’s Holy Temple
About 2 minutes, from Luke 19: 45-48

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

Moneychanger

Look!
That troublemaker dares to enter our grand and most holy temple.
See how he glares at the merchants!

Pharisee

He is a threat to us Pharisees, too.
He tries to change our sacred ways.

Prompter & Echoes

Dangerous!

Moneychanger

Now he’s eying the animals that they sell to sacrifice;
he looks angry.
Oh! Now he sees us moneychangers count our coins.
Look! He’s coming over.

Pharisee

That merchant’s really angry at something the Nazarene said!
Listen!

Moneychanger

So you’re that rebel from Galilee.
Hey! What are you doing?

Prompter & Echoes

Look out!

Moneychanger

Ow! Stop swinging that whip that you made out of cords!
Stop that! Oh, he turned over my table!
My coins are rolling all over the floor!

Voice

(Speak forcefully)
It is written, “My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a robbers’ lair!”

Prompter & Echoes

A den of thieves!

Pharisee

Now look at how all the people gather around that Nazarene!
They do not give us learned Pharisees that much attention.

Moneychanger

It’s shameful how the crowds follow that revolutionary around.

Pharisee

The ignorant fools! His actions are alarming.
We have to stop him! Come; Pharisees and Sadducees.
We must join forces and destroy that man, Jesus of Nazareth.

Prompter & Echoes

They plan to kill him!

Moneychanger

We keep trying to find a way to slay the man, but it is difficult,
because so many people keep hanging on every word he says.
But just wait! We will find a way – we have to!

Prompter & Echoes

And so they do!