Theme: When we think about Jonah we just naturally think of his rather unique transport in the belly of a fish. And certainly that was a story worth telling. But the really big story here is how God expected Jonah to go to Nineveh. When Jonah decided to take a big detour God didn’t go to plan B and send someone else. God expected Jonah and God intercepted Jonah. And the less than obedient Jonah found that even if Jonah didn’t particularly like the people of Nineveh, God loved them and wanted to claim them for himself. Written by Lee Booth of Theatre Calgary.
Bible Reference: Jonah 1-4
Set, Sound: standard
Costumes: likely, though not necessarily, traditional
Time: 9 minutes
Sample of script:
actor comes onstage
“sees” the audience, reacts
Greetings friends. . . .
May I call you friends?
After all, if you know God, you are a friend of mine.
smiles, looks around
I am Jonah.
smiles, nods head, thinking, remembering
I was born in a small town, one you probably never heard of before, town called Gath Hepher, very near Nazareth.
I am a prophet.
Prophets have visions.
One of the visions Jehovah gave me was that King Jeroboam would restore Israel’s borders, temporarily ending a 100 year conflict with Damascus. I knew this would not last forever, . . . but that part I kept to myself.
See, you have to be careful whenever you proclaim the word of God.
If it does not happen the way the people think it will, and you don’t get it right, you may be stoned.
Also if you give a message the leaders do not want to hear you can be beaten or even put in prison.
You have to have a fair amount of diplomacy for this job. Makes one wonder why someone would desire to be a prophet.
But it is what God has called me to do. I did not ask for it, but believe me when I tell you, . . . (raises eyebrows, shakes head), . . . you cannot run from God.
That was a lesson that I learned the hard way, and that is what my story is all about.
deep in thought, remembers, shakes head in disbelief
One day the Lord made it very clear I was to go to the, (disgusted), great city of Nineveh and preach against it. Nineveh, which, may I add, was a, (disgusted), Gentile city, and was almost 500 miles away from my home town.
That was just too far and . . . anyhow . . . I really had no desire to go there.
From what I had heard, it was also a, (disgusted), very wicked city, over 120,000 wicked people living there.
The people in Nineveh also, (disgusted), worshiped many false gods, plundered other cities and practiced witchcraft.
I do hate to admit this but, (nonchalant), I really did not care if they were destroyed or not.
I had no compassion for them at all.
thinks, shrugs shoulders
Alright, so my heart was not in the right place and secretly I hoped God would destroy them.
So, rather than go . . . I decided I would head in the opposite direction. I knew this was wrong, but, regardless, my goal was to sail to Tarshish via Joppa.
And, with that, I decided to flee from God.
waves away concern, shrugs shoulders
Anyway after I paid for my ticket and got on the boat I went below deck to have a nap. (smile)
Running from God can make you very exhausted.
I did not know this, but God had sent a violent storm. The sailors did their best to navigate through this but their best efforts were unsuccessful.
The Captain finally work me up and asked if I would call on my God to stop this. He knew I was a prophet, but then one of the other sailors suggested that we cast lots to find out who was responsible. Of course the lots fell on me.
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