Originally posted by member LDM...
Job Story Script for Younger Children:
(though easily adaptable upwards for older children)
Use this script as your Bible story/study. As you first go through the script with the kids, ASSIGN ROLES to them. Then gather props and costumes and work out the blocking. You could have God, Satan, and Job say their lines in a 'repeat after me' fashion if the children can't read. Otherwise, you can have their lines written out on CUE CARDS.
You could also have the characters LIP SYNC the words. If you're the narrator, there's your chance to have a little fun with them by adding odd comments (as seen in improv shows).
"Behemoth" is a fun part for the kids to assume by gathering under a large blanket and attempting to walk onto the stage. Give the kid in front two "tusks" (cardboard tubes) and have the students make "behemoth noises". My point: the script is a starting point, add staging and fun to make it memorable!
Do a dry run, then video tape it so you can watch it back and make comments about the meaning of the story.
"My Side of the Story"
(The story of Job)
Narrator, Job, Satan, God, Job’s annoying friends Ed, Billy & Zack
Act 1 (Job's Ranch in the Land of UZ)
There once was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. He was a good man who loved God. Job had 7 sons and 3 daughters. They were good friends and often had feasts together. Job always said prayers for them. Job had 7-thousand sheep, 3-thousand camels, 5-thousand yoke of oxen, 5-hundred donkeys and many servants. Everyone in the country liked Job a lot.
Then Satan came to visit God.
God said to Satan: "Take a look at Job. Isn’t he a terrific guy?"
Satan said: "I bet Job wouldn’t be such a nice guy if you hadn’t given him such a big farm and lots of money and a loving family. If he didn’t have all that, he’d have more to complain about."
God said: "I really don’t think so. Fine. Do your best. But you’re not allowed to hurt him."
Satan said: "Excellent!"
So Satan caused a lot of bad things to happen to Job. I will tell you about them.
[But remember, little friends, that the story of Job is a little bit like the Prodigal Son. Some things in it are like make believe. All the bad things that happen to Job get fixed at the end!]
First Job lost all his sheep and cows and donkeys. Then he lost all his servants. Then he lost his sons and daughters. Then Job’s body got covered with ugly itchy sores. Job became extremely sad.
Act 2 (Down & Out in the Firepit)
Job had three friends called Ed, Billy and Zack. They hear about the terrible things that have happened to Job. So they come to visit and try to say things that will make him feel better. But they really aren’t much help.
Ed says: "Well maybe it’s all for the best."
Job says: "You’re no help."
Billy says: "Maybe your kids had too many crazy dinner parties."
Job says: ‘You’re no help either."
Zack says: "Come on. Don’t you think all this bad stuff might have happened because you did some teeny tiny thing wrong."
Job says: "Oh, why don’t you guys get lost.
I don’t want to talk to you anyway.
I didn’t do anything to deserve this.
And I don’t need to explain it to you.
I need to talk to God and hear what I’ve done wrong.
Someday I’ll get my chance to tell God my side of the story. I just know it."
Act 3 (God Finally Talks to Job)
Narrator: Suddenly Job gets his wish. He hears a whirlwind. And then God speaks to him.
God says: "Job, let’s take a look around, shall we?
Who made the deep seas? I did.
Who makes the morning stars sing? I do.
Who makes the snow and hail? I do.
Who makes the lightning and rain? I do.
Now take a look at this.
This is Behemoth. He’s like a huge hungry hippo. Or maybe a giant wolf. Only different. His tail is a big as a tree trunk. He’s been with me since the beginning of time. He’s so ferocious that no one can come near him except me.
And take a look at this. This is Leviathan. He’s a sea monster like a giant crocodile. He breathes fire. There’s no other creature in the world like him either.
What do you say to all this?
Job says: "Oh wow. The world you’ve made and all the things in it are so huge. And I am so small. I’m sorry I ever bothered you with all my silly questions."
God says: "That’s okay.
But listen, your friends don’t get it yet. Why don’t you pray for them. They need all the help they can get."
Job says: "Okay."
Act 4 (Back at the Ranch, the Sun Comes Up Again for Job)
Then all Job’s sons and daughters return home.Like the olden days, only different. They even bring gifts of money and jewelry. Job thinks they are more handsome and beautiful than ever.
In the end, Job lives a long happy life and becomes the happy grandfather to many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Additional ideas contributed by Neil