God and the Rabble in the Desert

I’m using this “readers theater” as an opening for Bible Class this morning.

Leader: bless the Lord, O my soul!  O Lord my God, you are very great!

From Numbers 11

  1. Meat, meat we want meat to eat!
  2. We remember the fish, free fish!
  3. And melons, cucumbers, leeks, onions, and garlic.
  4. We’re dying out here.
  5. Enough with the manna, manna for breakfast, manna for lunch, manna for supper.

Leader: God blazed with white hot anger.  Moses turned on God.

Moses: What have you got against me?  Why have you laid this bunch of people on me?  Am I their mother?  Am I their wet nurse?  Do I have a breast to offer them?  Where am I to get meat?  You’re expecting too much.  Just kill me if you don’t want me to lead this bunch anymore.

God: Okay, Moses, pick seventy men.  Bring them to the tent of meeting.

Leader: Then the Lord came down in a cloud and took some of the Sp.irit from Moses and put it on the seventy.  But Elad and Medad received the Spirit, though they did not go to the meeting.

A Tattle Tale: Hey, you know what?  Eldad and Medad are prophesying.

Joshua: Moses, you got to stop them.

Moses:  Joshua, are you jealous?  I would rather have all the people prophesying and the Spirit on them all.

Leader: In the Gospel John tells Jesus that someone who is not a part of their group is casting out demons in His name.  Jesus says not to stop him.  Anyone who does something good because you are in Christ is alright.  Don’t cause these “little ones” to sin.  You may have to learn to swim with a millstone around your neck.  Whatever causes you to sin, get rid of it.

Prayer: from hymn 505, the hymn of the Day:

Triune God, be Thou our stay; O let us perish never; Cleanse us from our sins, we pray, and grant us life forever.  Keep. Us from the evil one; uphold our faith most holy, and let us trust Thee solely with humble hearts and lowly.  Let us put God’s armor on, with all true Christian running our heavenly race and shunning the devil’s whiles and cunning, Amen, amen! This be done: So sing we “Alleluia!”

ALL: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

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