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Mystery Men of the Bible

Mystery Men of the Bible

Participants:

All seven men: keep your identity secret; let the others guess it when you speak.

1st man  (Timothy)

2nd man (Joseph)

3rd man (Aaron)

4th man (Gideon)

 5th man (Ahab)

6th man  (Luke)

7th man  (Barnabas)
Prompter (Gives introductory remarks, then shouts brief phrases and Echoes repeat them.)
Echoes (All others who are present. Repeat, shouting, the brief phrases that Prompter says.)

Prompter

We will now visit mystery men of the Bible. You all have a part in this skit.
If you received no script, then you are an Echo; just repeat what I say, once we start.
All of you please guess aloud at any time which mystery man is speaking.
 If you guess one of the men, then let others guess the rest, unless nobody can.
Now let’s start.

1st man

Hello, folks. I‘m the first Bible man that you will meet.

Prompter & Echoes


(Loudly) Our first mystery man!
(If folks fail to echo this, then shout, “Shout it, Echoes! ‘Our 1st mystery man’.”)

1st man           

I am also your Holy Land tour guide. We will travel back in time now and meet several other Bible men. Do you know who I am?

Prompter & Echoes


Please tell us!

1st man

 

My mother was a Jewess and my father was a Greek. I shared many adventures and travels with the Apostle Paul while serving Jesus. Paul praised my grandmother Lois and my mom Eunice for their sincere faith.

I served Paul, and passed on to others what he committed to me; they passed it on
to still others, sparking a huge chain reaction of new leaders and churches.
Paul also sent me two letters

Prompter & Echoes


You are Timothy!

1st man

Yes, Now come with me. This road leads to older ages.

Prompter & Echoes


Fasten your seat belts!

1st man

Here is our 2nd Mystery man.

2nd man

Look! Here come visitors! What ridiculous clothing they wear! Welcome, friends!

1st man          

 

Oh! Look at those gigantic tombs!
Pardon us, sir, can you tell us what you are known for?

2nd man

Well, I am a son of the patriarch Jacob, whom God later named Israel.

My brothers hated me because my father favored me.
 I also told my brothers that I dreamt that someday they’d bow down to me!

1st man

Then what happened, sir?

2nd man

They spied me coming when they were tending the flocks, and plotted to murder me. Then they saw a caravan traveling toward Egypt, and sold me to those merchants instead, for 20 pieces of silver.

Prompter & Echoes


A poor, miserable slave!

2nd man

God brought about remarkable events, and I rose to be King Pharaoh’s administrator. Later I rescued my brothers from famine, and provided choice land for them in Egypt.

Prompter & Echoes

You returned good for evil!

2nd man

Centuries later, the children of Israel mere made slaves in Egypt.

1st man

However, they multiplied into a sizeable nation, which bothered Pharaoh.
He feared they would join his enemies!

2nd man

So Pharaoh ordered the midwives to drown all Hebrew boy babies in the Nile River.

Prompter & Echoes


How heartless!

2nd man

However, God intervened; baby Moses was spared, and Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him. Years later Moses led his people of Israel through the sea, free from Egypt’s slavery. God based his covenant with Israel on that huge miracle.

1st man

Freedom! Come now, folks, to a later time.

Prompter & Echoes


Thank you, Joseph!

1st man

Now let us see who our 3rd Mystery man is.

3rd man

Hello, strangers! What are you doing out here in this dusty, desolate wilderness?

1st man

Look! There are little white flakes all over on the ground!

3rd man

It is manna, and it is good to eat. Try it!

Prompter & Echoes


Yum-yum!

1st man

Your people seem to be in a hurry. What is the big rush?

3rd man

We are fleeing from Egypt’s evil king, Pharaoh. My brother is leading us.

Ist man

A grand exodus!

3rd man

Pharaoh enslaved us pitilessly; he compelled us to build his cities. Other pharaohs also had thousands of slaves erect their massive tombs.

Prompter & Echoes


The great pyramids!

1st man

I have read about your captivity in the Book of Exodus.

3rd man

A book? It must be the log that my brother Moses kept to record God’s great works. With God’s amazing help, my brother led us out of Egypt’s land of death to freedom.

1st man

Didn’t you have some awesome adventures while wandering in the wilderness?

3rd man

Oh, for sure! We were starving, and God gave us manna. We thirsted, and the Lord made water flow from a rock. We complained that we had no meat, and he gave us quail. We kept grumbling, and he let serpents bite us!

Prompter & Echoes


Ouch!

3rd man

Their painful, scalding venom was unbearable!
However, God had Moses make a fiery serpent of bronze and raise it on a pole;
God healed the excruciating venom of those fatal fangs for all who gazed upon it.

1st man

If I recall correctly, your two sons suffered a flaming death.

3rd man

That was horrible! God had us build a tabernacle with an inner Holy Place.

As High Priest, I was the only one that God allowed to enter his Presence in it,
and only once a year with the atoning blood.
However, my sons, Nadab and Abihu dared enter it without the atoning blood
of the sacred sacrifice. Fire consumed them!

1st man

We must go now. Thank you, sir. Come, folks, into a later century.

Prompter & Echoes


Goodbye, Aaron.

1st man

Now we encounter our 4th mystery man.

4th man

Hello, travelers! You have come to our land at a precarious time. A lamentable cycle keeps repeating itself. We turn from the Lord to idols and God sends a pagan nation to invade and punish us; then we repent and God drives out the invaders.

1st man

That is a shame! Which of the hostile pagans are threatening you now?

4th man

Those cruelly brutal Midianites.

Prompter & Echoes


Vicious and ruthless!

4th man

The Angel of the Lord appeared to me and told me to drive them out.
He gave me signs to show me that he would be with me. One sign was to make a sheep’s fleece wet on a dry morning and dry on a wet morning.

4th man

I raised a large army, but the Lord told me to pare it down to only 300 men.

Prompter & Echoes


Amazing!

4th man

I gave each man a trumpet and a clay jar with a burning torch hidden inside of it.

1st man

How mysterious!

4th man

We encircled the massive Midianite force at night on hillsides.
All my soldiers shouted at once, broke their jars and the torches suddenly appeared. The enemy thought we were an enormous multitude. They panicked and fled.

1st man

A stunning victory!

4th man

The Israelites came to make me King, but I told them that only the Lord is our ruler.

Prompter & Echoes


Christ is King of Kings!

1st man

We must go now. Come folks, to a later century.

Prompter & Echoes


Farewell, Gideon!

1st man

Now we will join our fifth Mystery man.

5th man

Oh! What is that cloud of dust coming this way? And what is that we hear?

Prompter & Echoes


The rumble of chariots!

1st man

Look! The leading chariot has hundreds of men running in front of it.
Hey! They intend to run right over us!

Prompter & Echoes


Watch out!

5th man

Whoa, horses! Who are you foreigners who dare trample our royal highway
without my imperial permission?

1st man

We are visitors from afar, sir. May we ask who you are?

5th man

We are the all-powerful and majestic King of Israel!
Bow down before me, I say, or my swordsmen will run you through!

Prompter & Echoes


Quick! Bow down!

1st man

 

Sir, what are all these obscene statues that line your royal road?
They look like idols. And who are these gaudily painted men who run in front of your chariot?

5th man

They are our prophets of Baal, of course. They feed at my wife Jezebel’s table.

1st man

But you are king of Israel, whose God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
the creator of all mankind!

5th man

Watch your insolent tongue! Now get out of my way, you miserable vermin!

1st man

Look out! He will run over us!

5th man

I certainly will! We are going to Mount Carmel where our 450 prophets of Baal
and 400 prophets of Asherah will engage in a contest against the prophet Elijah.
That fool dares to defy me!

Prompter & Echoes


850 against one!

5th man

Guards, unsheathe your swords! Bathe your blades in these alien’s blood!

1st man

Let’s get out of here!

1st man

Run friends! We will enter a later, and safer, time.

Prompter & Echoes


Farewell, King Ahab!

1st man

We will now meet our 6th Mystery man.

6th man

Hello friends! Come join me as we hike along with Paul on his journey.

Prompter & Echoes


He is a disciple of Paul!

6th man

I first met Paul in Troas, near the ancient, warlike city of Troy.

1st man

What adventures have you had while traveling with Paul?

6th man

Many! In Philippi, a demonized slave girl followed us screaming.
Her greedy masters profited from her fortune telling. Paul drove the demon out
in the name of Christ, and those men were furious. They put Paul and Silas in jail,
but I evaded them. A result was that the jailer received Jesus Christ the Son of God.

Prompter & Echoes


He and his family!

6th man

 

I sailed with Paul to Rome when a violent storm shipwrecked us.
I also authored two books of the New Testament. I was a historian and a physician.
Please excuse me. A patient needs me.

1st man

We thank you. Let us move into another time, folks!

Prompter & Echoes


Goodbye, Dr. Luke!

1st man

Now we interview our seventh and last Mystery man

7th man

Hail, travelers, what brings you to Rome?

1st man

To meet you, I guess. Please tell us who you are.

7th man

I am a follower of Jesus of Nazareth; that is who I am.
I was a member of the very first church.

Prompter & Echoes


The Jerusalem congregation!

7th man

I helped care for the poor, on several occasions.

1st man

What else are you known for, sir?

7th man

I helped suspicious believers to receive Saul.
They feared him because he previously had jailed Christ’s followers.
He is fervently following the Lord Jesus Christ now, and goes by his Roman name.

Prompter & Echoes


The Apostle Paul!

7th man

The church sent me to Antioch to evangelize Gentiles.
So many came to Christ that I traveled to Tarsus to find Paul and ask him to help us. We soon recognized him as an apostle.

1st man

You must have had some exciting adventures with him.

7th man

Indeed! The Antioch brothers sent us to evangelize non-Jewish nations. We took my young cousin Mark along to help, but he soon turned back.

1st man

However, Paul later found Mark useful and asked for him.

7th man

In Lystra, the people thought Paul was the god Hermes because he spoke powerfully. They thought I was Zeus, or Jupiter in Latin, but we refused their gifts.

1st man

Didn’t you join a momentous council of leaders from many churches in Jerusalem?

7th man

Yes. We agreed to receive Gentiles without their having to adopt Jewish customs. That made a lasting difference! Soon non-Jews outnumbered Jews in the churches.

Prompter & Echoes


Praise God for such great salvation!

7th man

On another journey, I wanted to take Mark again, but Paul refused.
We argued sharply and went our own ways;
we formed two missionary teams, doubling our outreach.

1st man

We will return home now, folks. This ends our tour.

Prompter & Echoes


Goodbye, Barnabas.

[/pexcerpt]Everyone guesses which man in the Bible is speaking, and everyone has a part, echoing brief phrases that a prompter says. Fun and edifying. [/pexcerpt]