Standing On The Promises
© 2001 E.E. Perry
Lamb -- always in the center of attention, this little lamb takes the words of the hymn and the Bible literally.
Harvey -- this is a boy puppet (or you can change the name to make it a girl) who knows God's Word and guides lamb into an understanding of the poetical language used in the Bible.
( The stage is set prior to the performance. A large Bible sits upright on the stage. A good introduction to this skit would be to have the congregation sing the hymn Standing On The Promises. Lamb comes on stage, climbs up on the Bible, and begins to sing the hymn... )
Lamb: Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God my Savior; standing, standing... I'm standing on the promises of God!
Harvey ( coming on stage while Lamb is singing; he sees the little lamb up on top of the Bible ): Lamb, what are you doing up there?!
Lamb : I'm standing on the promises of God! Or should I say sitting? Lambs aren't too good at standing on two hooves.
Harvey: Lamb, get down from there before you hurt yourself. ( Lamb climbs down ) That's not what the hymn means -- it means trusting what God says He will do. ( Lamb begins wrestling with Bible trying to pick it up) Now, what are you doing?
Lamb ( continuing to wrestle with Bible ) : The Bible says that God's word is sharper than any double-edged sword, right?
Lamb: Well, I'm going to take it and show that shepherd of mine who's boss. (Bible falls on top of lamb. ) Ouch! Help! Get this Bible off me!
( Harvey helps Lamb out from underneath the Bible. )
Harvey: Lamb, when it says that it is sharper than a sword, it does not mean you can use it for a physical weapon.
Lamb: So, what does it mean? That you get a paper cut every time you read it?
Harvey: It means that it cuts to the heart -- convicting men of their sins and wrongs against God and each other. ( Lamb moves over close to Harvey ) Now, what's wrong with you?
Lamb: I heard the preacher say that God's word is living and active.
Harvey: Yes, that's what Hebrews 4:12 says.
Lamb: Well, I want to keep my distance in case it decides to bite me.
Harvey: Lamb, that just means that the Bible is current and relative to todays life, just as much as it was in the days it was written.
Lamb: You mean it won't bite?
Harvey: No, Lamb. Look -- ( opens Bible and pretends to find scripture ) -- 2 Timothy 3:16 and 17 give us the purpose of the Bible. It says:
Lamb: Kind of like an instruction book for life.
Harvey: Yeah, now, you got it. ( Lamb starts to leave ) Where are you going now?
Lamb: I'm going to get a crane to move that Bible to my pen so I can read more.