Cast: An angel (if one isn’t available dress up someone), one young man of average or slight build, and several strong, strapping young men along three elderly men (if they have physical disabilities the better).
Props: Costume (if needed) and a bench.
Scene one: Gideon is working alone, quietly and quickly, nervously looking around.
Announcer: As judgment against Israel’s continued sinning they are under domination of the Midianites who had been raiding the villages at harvest time, stealing their food and cattle. It’s been seven long years. They are starving. Their cry has gone to God for deliverance. Gideon is hiding, threshing grain for fear of being found by the Medianites when an Angel of the Lord appears to him.
Angel: The Lord is with thee oh mighty man of valor!
Gideon (taken back by the greeting but perceiving it is an Angel): If the Lord is with
us we wouldn’t be in the mess we are. Where are all the wondrous miracles that
God did in the pass?
Angel: Get up and in your might you will save your people from this oppression.
Gideon: Who am I? My father’s poor family is from the smallest tribe and I am the least
in my family.
Angel: Depart from me now and when I come again you have your sign.
Announcer: The Angel reappears when Gideon’s worshipping through an offering. He performs a very small miracle. Gideon now believes and follows the Angel’s direction to destroy his father’s pagan altar. The town folk who had worshipped at the altar are impressed Gideon would do this. They see that he may be the leader they’ve been waiting for. Gideon instructs them to spread out into the country side and recruit an army to fight their enemy. 32,000 men come, from every tribe and every family, of every age including some old men who’ve seen better days. Gideon asks the Lord to perform two miracles for the people to confirm He’s with them: to have dew on a sheep’s fleece in the morning but not on the ground and to do the reverse the next day. Gideon’s fleece is damp and the ground dry on day one. The opposite happens on day two. The people believe.
Angel: Gideon, there are too many men here. If I let them win they will be prideful,
thinking they accomplished it. Send those who are fearful home.
(Gideon talks privately with the assembled men; many leave)
Gideon: Lord, ten thousand went back home. Now is there enough? The enemy’s
so numerous, they are as the sand of the seashore.
Angel: 22,000 are still too many. Bring all them to Jordan to drink. Separate those
who bend down low to drink with their mouths and those who reach down to
scoop up the water.
The young men bend low to sip water; some show off, doing a push up. The old men kneel slowly, using the bench for support; they reach down with one hand to scoop up some water. All the while the young men are laughing and pointing at them. Each old man slowly, carefully stands. They’ve heard the laughter and hang their heads. As the laughter continues the old men speak one to another.
Old Man #1: Remember when we were young and strong?
Old Man #2: And we’ve all seen God give us great victories over our enemies.
Old Man #3: I remember. How can I forget? I came hoping to be of some
assistance, guarding supplies, cooking, or something; to help show this
new generation God’s faithfulness. Now it looks like we will be going
Old Man #1: True, we have nothing to offer God now but our faithfulness.
The old men start to leave while the young men stick out their chest and flex muscles.
Gideon: God has chosen the army He wants. (Looking at the young men) You all can
go home now.
There are gasps from the young men. The old men hear this, stop, turn, and in silence watch as the young men slowly leave. They glance cautiously at the old men, shaking their heads, some cut they necks with their fingers. The old men smile and nod at each other knowingly.
Gideon: Okay, here’s the plan... (huddling with the old men).
Announcer: God used His new army with a surprise nighttime tactic. The Medianites turn on themselves in battle. You can read about all this battle in Judges chapters 6 and 7. To God be the glory.
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