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   The Great Sacrifice

This skit taken from Genesis 22:1-14 shows how we can trust God to take care of us in all circumstances!   The addition of two fun-loving angels make this skit a lot of fun for the whole family!  Compare this skit to the similarities of Christ's sacrifice on the cross.   See the discussion questions at the bottom of the page.

Characters: Narrator, Abraham, Isaac, Donkey, Servants, 2 Angels

Props: This skit requires a knife (preferably cut out of cardboard), firewood, an altar (a piano bench works great), two sheets for the angels to wear, and a bag containing a can of whipped cream and a pie tin. Costumes are optional.

Set Up: This skit is done in two parts. The first part is led by a narrator who reads the Genesis account (or the paraphrased version below) while the story is being portrayed by actors. The people acting out the story may be chosen beforehand or simply picked out of the audience. The actors should say their lines and carry out the actions of their characters when cued by the narrator. The second part of the skit is led by the two angels who will need to practice their parts beforehand. They don't have to follow the story outlined below if they don't want to. Their main responsibility is to get rid of the knife and replace it with the whipped cream. The rest can be spontaneous, including Abraham's actions after he is unfrozen. You can plan it all out or grab people out of the audience. Either way, it's sure to be a big hit!

 

The Skit - Part I: (The narrator reads the script as it is acted out.)

God decided to test Abraham, so He said to him, "Abraham!"

Abraham said, "Here I am."

God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. Offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will show you."

Abraham said, "Yes Lord." Then he went to sleep.

The next morning Abraham got up early and saddled his donkey. He split wood for the burnt offering and loaded it onto the donkey along with all the food and gear that he would need for the journey. When he was ready, he took two of his servants with him along with Isaac his son. They traveled toward the place of which God had told him.

On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance. Abraham said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey. The lad and I will go yonder to worship the Lord."

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and gave it to Isaac his son. He also took a knife and coals for the fire. The two of them walked on together toward the mountain.

As they walked along, Isaac asked his father, "Father, I see the wood and the coals, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"

Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering my son."

So the two of them walked on together. When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar and arranged the firewood. Then Abraham bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar. Then Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.


The Skit - Part II
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(Acted out by the angels, Abraham and Isaac without any help from a narrator) From off to the side, two angels jump in and yell, "Freeze!" (Abraham freezes with the knife held above his head.) The angels are out of breath from flying so fast. "Boy, we got here just in the nick of time!" one angel exclaims, "He was actually going to kill his only son!" The

other angel agrees, "Yeah! He must really trust God! I've heard of the Big Guy asking for some strange things, but this is ridiculous!" They look over the scene for a second. "What are we going to do?" one angel asks. "Well, for starters, lets get rid of this!" the other one says as he removes the knife from Abraham's hand. "Go scare up a ram so Abraham has something to sacrifice when he wakes up. I'll figure something out here." One angel flies off to catch a ram, while the other one looks over the frozen scene. "Hmm, what could I do to make this a little more interesting?" the angel asks himself as he digs around in his bag of heavenly goodies for something to replace the knife. "No, no, not that, no. Here we go!" he exclaims as he pulls out a can of shaving cream, "This will be perfect!" The angel fills up a pie tin with shaving cream and places it in Abraham's hand, making the necessary minor adjustments. The other angel returns and says, "Gabriel! What do you think you're doing?" The mischievous angel responds, "Hey, God's got a sense of humor too you know! C'mon, it'll be fun!" "Well okay," the other angel says, "But lets get out of here!" They fly off to one side, turn back to the scene and say, "Unfreeze!"

Unaware of what the angels just did, Abraham smashes the pie into Isaac's face. (This may lead to a premature ending of the skit unless you can get your group calmed back down. If you are able to conclude the skit, all the better.)

(Abraham and Isaac both appear totally flabbergasted) Isaac sits up and says, "Father!" Abraham looks up and points to the ram caught in the thicket and says, "Look Isaac, I told you the Lord would provide for himself a lamb for the burnt offering. Here son, lets go get it." They walk offstage together.

 

Biblical Emphasis: Genesis 22:1-14, John 19, Proverbs 3:5-6, Luke 6:46-49, James 2:14-24. The narrator can wrap up this skit by reading the real ending in Genesis 22:9-14. Compare the similarities of this story to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. God wants to know if we are willing to trust him completely. Faith is made evident in our actions.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why did God ask Abraham to kill his only son? Why in this way?
2. Why would God test us to see if we are willing to trust him?
3. Doesn't God already know if we really believe in him or not? Why the test then?
4. What are some good ways to put our faith into action?

"The Great Sacrifice" Copyright 1998 Cross the Sky Ministries, www.crossthesky.com
Permission granted for local use.