God Speaks Through Samuel

  • Cast Number: 6
  • Run-time: 12 minutes
  • Bible Reference: 1.Samuel 1-3

The Lord speaks to Eli through Samuel .

by: Grant (Les) Leslie Slone and the 1st United Methodist Drama Group. First Played by: 1st United Methodist Church of Drama Group, 118 W. Jackson St. Morris, Illinois 60450. Please write and let us know how your performance went. This drama is royalty free, in memory of Les.

SYNOPSIS:
The Lord speaks to Eli through Samuel and punishes Eli for not disciplining his children Hophni and Phinehas.

SCENE: I

Cast (3 adult male, 1 youth male, 1 adult female, and 1 narrator):
Eli
Hophni
Phinehas
Hannah
Samuel
Narrator (Scene II)

Setting:

The Temple

Eli, Hophni and Phinehas are arranging gifts at the altar. When they are about finished, Eli turns to the others with troubled look on his face.

Eli: Now my sons, please finish this while I go to study. By the way, I’ve heard some terrible rumors about you two. I hope that you are really not doing all of those things.

Hophni and Phinehas:(in unison) They’re all completely untrue. Lies.

Eli: I hope so. God certainly would not like the things that I’ve heard about you.

Hophni: Father, now that we’re finished here, we must go and direct the servants to prepare for tomorrow’s services.

Hophni and Phinehas exit, S/R. Hannah enters S/L, leading Samuel by the hand. Hannah approaches Eli hesitantly.

Hannah: Sir, do you remember me? I am the woman who prayed the Lord send her a child. Now I have come to dedicate him to the Lord’s service for all of his life, just as I promised.

Eli: Yes. I do remember. May the Lord bless you with more children for the son you have given Him. Let’s pray together.

All kneel at the altar in prayer, then exit S/L.

SCENE II

Hophni and Phinehas enter S/R with a burlap sack. They approach the altar and start to take food items from it, placing them into the sack. Then Phinehas takes a coin from the offering plate. Hophni takes a $5.00 bill and stuffs it into his pocket. Phinehas then empties the entire offering plate into the sack. At that point, Eli enters S/L, and catches them. He has a look of great anger on his face. Samuel sits front stage, studying a scroll.

Eli: What are you doing?!?!?!?!?

Hophni and Phinehas: (in unison) Nothing.

Eli: How can you sin like this against the Lord? Stop it my sons! This is the awful thing that I have been hearing about you. If a man sins against another man, God can defend him; but who can defend a man who sins against the Lord?

Hophni: Aw, Dad. Nobody but you saw us do it. How is anyone else ever gonna know?

Phinehas: Yeah, Dad. Don’t get so excited. Chill out.

Eli turns and exits S/R, slowly.

Eli: What am I ever going to do with these two?

Hophni and Phinehas exit, S/L.

Hophni: Come on, Phinehas, let’s go check out what kind of good food came in for sacrifices.

Eli: Samuel, get your bedroll. Its time to go to retire. You should sleep here by the altar tonight to keep watch in case those two come back.

Samuel: Yes, Eli.

Samuel rolls out his bedroll next to the altar. Eli’s bed is on stage, below the pulpit by the altar rail. Samuel lies down on the bedroll. Eli lights a candle and then turns to go to his bed.

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