Moses Keeps His Aaron
By Michael English
Summary: A simple dramatisation of Exodus 3. The Moses and sheep parts require careful timing to get them right. Don't let the sheep get too scornful or too loud.
Bible Reference: Exodus 3
Characters: Narrator, God, Moses, Several Sheep
Props: None - don't blame me if your burning bush doesn't work
Setting: The Wilderness of Midian
(Moses comes onto the stage - he is followed by two or more sheep.)
Narrator: Moses spent forty years looking after sheep and goats that belonged to his Father-in-law Jethro. But one day, out in the desert, something very unusual happened.
Moses: Okay, which of you sheep set fire to that bush. Come on, own up.
Moses: We're staying here until one of you owns up.
Moses: You're right. The fire isn't burning the bush. I'd better go over and see.
Narrator: God spoke to Moses from the middle of the bush.
God: Moses. Moses!
Moses: Stack me. A talking bush. Only God would do something like that. Here I am.
God: Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground. I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Narrator: Moses was terrified he hid his face in his hands and his knees began to knock. The sheep were pretty scared as well.
God: I have seen that the Egyptians have been treating my people cruelly. I know their sufferings. I am sending you to the king of Egypt, so that you can lead my people out of their country.
Moses: I am a useless nobody.
Moses: I couldn't do that.
God: I will be with you. My power will force Pharaoh to let you lead my people out of his territory.
Moses: I still feel pretty useless.
Moses: What if the Israelites don't listen to me?
God: I will give you the power of performing miracles. That will convince them.
Moses: Please, Lord, don't send me.
Moses: I still feel useless, when I speak the words are never quite what I meant.
God: You're right. But who made your tongue and your mouth? Who makes men deaf or hearing, blind or seeing? I will give you the words to speak.
Moses: No. Please send someone else.
Moses: Public speaking is something I just can't do.
God: Well have it your own way. Your brother Aaron is already a good speaker. I will appoint him to speak for me. I will tell you both what to do and help both of you to speak.
This script is Copyright 1998 Michael English, All Saints Milton. Permission is given to use this drama in non-profit making church events provided the source is acknowledged. Some editing may be required to suit local conditions. Please let us know if you have any comments.
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