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The following Exodus drama script was originally posted by member Kathyrn. This is a well-written but pretty big drama script covering Plagues, Red Sea, and on to Mt. Sinai. Reviewers suggest assigning Moses role to several different kids to spread it around.
Script could be shortened if you're not going to Sinai.
Moses Leads the Israelites out of Egypt & the Ten Commandments
Characters: Narrator, Moses, Voice of God, Aaron, Pharaoh, Egyptian 1, Egyptian 2, Guard, Follower 1, Follower 2, Follower 3
Props: biblical costumes, rod (walking stick) for Moses, rod (walking stick) for Aaron, paper frogs and flies* for narrator to spread on floor, a few paper frogs and flies and (with tape on back) for Egyptian 2, Guard, & Pharaoh, sword & wig for guard
(*I obtained pictures of frogs & flies from the Internet and cut them out.)
#1 BURNING BUSH
Characters: Narrator, Moses, Voice of God
NARRATOR, VOICE OF GOD, MOSES
Narrator: During the time of Moses, the descendants of Abraham, the Israelites, were slaves used to build pyramids for the Pharaoh in Egypt. Moses had departed from Egypt after killing an Egyptian guard for cruelty toward a slave. Moses lived in the land of Midian where he looked over his father-in-law's flock. While tending the flock, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire in the middle of a bush. The bush was burning, but it was not being consumed.
Voice of God: Moses, I need to speak with you.
Moses: Who? What? Who is saying my name?
Voice of God: I am.
Moses: God? Is that You?
Voice of God: Moses, I have heard the Israelites cry for help. I am calling upon you to lead the Israelites to freedom.
Moses: Me? I am not a good speaker. There are much better speakers than I. Perhaps, you would rather . . .
Voice of God: Are you telling ME what is best?
Moses: Sorry. It's just that . . .
Voice of God: No excuses. (Shakes his head in disappointment) Never forget that I am with you always. You may take your brother Aaron with you. He will speak for you since you are afraid. Now do as I say.
Characters: Narrator, Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh
Narrator: Moses and his older brother Aaron stood before the Pharaoh many times.
Aaron :(addressing the Pharaoh) The Lord God has said, ‘Let my people go.'
Pharaoh: Why should I listen to your God?
Moses: If you do not listen, the waters in the river will be turned into blood, and the fish in the river will die.
Pharaoh: I have no fear. I am the great Pharaoh; you do not frighten me!
Characters: Narrator, Egyptian 1, Egyptian 2
Narrator: The Pharaoh's heart was hardened. He would not let his slaves go free.
Egyptian 1: You won't believe what happened to me today!
Egyptian 2: (carrying a walking stick) Let me guess--it's another one of your fish stories.
Egyptian 1: That's just it. I couldn't go fishing. The water turned to blood. It is unfit to drink! All the fish are dead, and it wouldn't believe how much it stinks!
Egyptian 2: Now that's your best story yet. If you keep telling lies, then nobody will ever believe you.
Egyptian 1: Come with me to the river and see for yourself. Then we must go to the Pharaoh. He will know what to do.
Egyptian 2: I will go with you, but if you are lying, I am going to beat you with my stick!
Characters: Narrator, Voice of God, Egyptian 1, Egyptian 2
Narrator: Then the Lord spoke to Moses.
Voice of God: Go to the Pharaoh and tell him to let my people go so that they may serve me. And if he refuses, I will fill his borders with frogs. Tell Aaron to hold his rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and frogs will appear upon the land.
Egyptian 1: Hurry; come outside. You won't believe it. Frogs, frogs everywhere!
Narrator: (Spread frogs on the floor & attach frogs to Egyptian & Pharaoh) Frogs were falling from the rooftops onto the people.
Egyptian 2: (taking a frog off his head) Yuck, these are disgusting! We must go to the Pharaoh at once! He will know what to do.
Egyptian 1: I don't think the Pharaoh can fix this. The river is still filled with blood. He does not have the power to fix this. What will we do? To whom should we turn?
Egyptian 2: I don't know, but I think it's a good day to stay inside.
Characters: Moses, Aaron, Guard
Pharaoh: Bring Moses and his brother Aaron to me at once!
Guard: (wearing sword) Yes, our great Pharaoh (and he runs off stage to find Moses & Aaron).
Guard: (presenting Moses & Aaron) They are here, our great Pharaoh. Did you know the palace is overcome with frogs? They are everywhere! Why do you think they
Pharaoh: Silence! I know about the frogs (removing a frog from his shoulder). This must end! Moses, tell your God that if He will take away the frogs, I will let the people go.
Characters: Narrator, Pharaoh,Guard
Narrator: Moses left the palace of the Pharaoh and prayed to God. Moses asked the Lord to take away the frogs, and the Lord took the frogs away. After the frogs were gone, the Pharaoh changed his mind.
Pharaoh: You know those frogs weren’t really so bad. And I’m sure that there’s a reasonable explanation for all of the problems we’ve been having. Maybe it’s a change in the moon or the stars. I don’t think Moses and his God had anything to do with it. I am certainly not going to release our slaves without a reason. Who will bath me? Who will build my pyramids? No, it is out of the question!
Guard: I am sure you are right, our great Pharaoh, but those frogs; will they come back?
Pharaoh: Don’t you have something you should be doing? I don’t believe the cobras have been fed today. Check on it!
Guard : (sulking)Yes, our great Pharaoh.
Characters: Narrator, Moses, Voice of God, Aaron, Pharaoh, Guard
Voice of God: Moses, I want you to tell Aaron to stretch his rod over the dust of the land of Egypt so that the dust may turn into lice. Then awaken early to speak with the Pharaoh. Tell the Pharaoh to let my people go or I will send swarms of flies upon the land of Egypt.
Narrator: (Spread flies on the floor & attach flies to Guard & Pharaoh) Swarms of flies were in every Egyptian household. The Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron.
Guard: (swatting at flies) Moses and Aaron have arrived. Maybe you should listen to them, our great Pharaoh.
Pharaoh [/b](swatting at the flies around him and at the guard): Go speak to your God to remove these flies, and I will let your people go.
Narrator: Moses and Aaron left the Pharaoh and asked the Lord to remove the flies. When the flies had died, the Pharaoh decided not to let the people of Israel go.
Voice of God: Moses, go to the Pharaoh and tell him to let my people go or the cattle, the horses, the asses, the camels, the oxen, and the sheep belonging to his people will suffer.
Moses: Yes Lord, I will do as you say.
Narrator: The Pharaoh would not change his mind so the cattle belonging to Egyptians died while the cattle belonging to Israelites survived. Still the Pharaoh’s heart was hard.
Voice of God: Moses and Aaron, take handfuls of ashes to the Pharaoh. Moses, sprinkle it toward heaven in front of the Pharaoh. The ashes will become dust spread over the land of Egypt and boils will break out over man and beast.
Narrator: The men and beasts of Egypt were covered in boils, but the Pharaoh’s heart would not soften.
Voice of God: Moses, go before the Pharaoh early in the morning and tell him that the Lord God of the Hebrews tells him to let my people go or tomorrow at this time I will cause it to rain a heavy hail; it will be the worst hailstorm they have ever seen.
Characters: Narrator, Moses, Pharaoh, Guard
Guard: Moses and Aaron have returned to see you, our great Pharaoh. Perhaps, you should (looks at the Pharaoh and then lowers his head), oh, never mind.
Pharaoh: Bring them to me.
Narrator: Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven, and the Lord sent thunder and hail upon the land of Egyptians. Farmers looked in disbelief at their ruined crops. In the land of Goshen, where the Israelites lived, there was no hail.
Pharaoh: I wish to speak with Moses and Aaron.
Guard: How surprising our (said with sarcasm) GREAT Pharaoh. Are there any plagues left? Why don’t you give them the slaves? I think pyramids are highly overrated. Pictures are hard to hang on the wall and
Pharaoh: (Shouting) Enough! Bring them to me at once.
Narrator: Moses and Aaron come before the Pharaoh.
Pharaoh: I admit it. My people and I are wicked.
Guard: (Stepping forward) Actually I tried to tell him, but
Pharaoh: Unless you would like to become a crocodile’s snack, I suggest you remain silent. Moses, Tell your Lord that I have had enough. You may go and take your people with you.
Moses: I will speak with the Lord.
Narrator: Moses prayed to the Lord and the hail stopped, but once again the Pharaoh’s heart was hardened.
Characters: Narrator, Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh, Guard
Moses: We wish to see the Pharaoh.
Guard: He is such a stubborn man. Why does he only think of himself?
Pharaoh: Does someone wish to see me?
Guard: Yes, our great Pharaoh. They wish to see you. I can’t imagine why.
Aaron: Moses and I, Aaron, wish to give you a message from the Lord God.
Pharaoh: What is your message?
Aaron: The Lord God would like to give you this message. “How long you will continue to refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let my people go so that they may serve me, or tomorrow I will bring locusts to cover the face of the earth.
Guard: Locusts! Yuck! Perhaps now you consider
Pharaoh: Are you the great Pharaoh or am I? I have no fear of these men their God.
Characters: Narrator, Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh, Guard, Voice of God
Narrator: Moses stretched his rod over the land of Egypt and the Lord brought an east wind. In the morning, the east wind carried the locusts. The locusts flew through the land devouring every green plant in their path. Once again the Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron.
Pharaoh: I wish to speak to Moses and Aaron.
Guard: Oh great Pharaoh, perhaps it is now time to reconsider, before the land is covered in cobras! I just can’t take this any more. My hair is beginning to fall out (removes wig and throws it to the ground).
Pharaoh: Go away you hairless pest!
Guard: (whimpering) I just can’t take anymore of this . . .
Pharaoh: I have sinned against your God and I am sorry. Please take away the locusts and I will let your people go.
Moses: We will pray to the Lord God.
Aaron: I hope you will keep your word this time.
Narrator: The Lord brought a strong wind from the west, which took away the locusts and cast them into the Red Sea. Then the Lord spoke to Moses.
Voice of God: Moses, Stretch out your hand toward heaven and a great darkness will cover the land of Egypt.
Moses: Yes, Lord.
Narrator: A great darkness covered the land for three days. The Pharaoh called for Moses and told him to leave with his people but to leave his animals behind. Moses told the Pharaoh that the animals must go also, so the Pharaoh told Moses that the people could not leave. The Pharaoh told Moses that if he ever saw his face again, that Moses would die. The Lord spoke to Moses.
Voice of God: I will bring one more plague upon the Pharaoh and his people, then he will let my people go.
Narrator: The Israelites were told to place the blood of the lamb killed for Passover on the lintel and two side posts around the door of their homes. The Israelites were told to stay inside until morning. At midnight the angel of death passed over the homes, and the firstborn of all the people and of all the cattle of every Egyptian household was dead. There was a great cry throughout the land. The Pharaoh also cried out because the Pharaoh’s son was among the dead.
Pharaoh: My son, my poor son. Why did I not listen? What have I done?
Guard: I will bring Moses to you.
Pharaoh: Yes, go at once.
Moses: I am here despite your threat to kill me. The Lord is with me.
Pharaoh: Moses, take your people to serve your Lord. Tell them to take their animals with them. Leave at once! Pray to your God. Pray for me as well.
#3 WANDERINGS IN SINAI
Characters: Narrator, Moses, Voice of God, Follower 2, Follower 3
Narrator: The Israelites quickly escaped, through the Red Sea, and into the desert. In the beginning, the Israelites were grateful to Moses, to Moses’ sister Miriam, and to God. But their rejoicing was soon followed by grumbling.
Follower 1: This water is not fit to drink! What have you brought us here?
Narrator: Moses prayed to the Lord.
Moses: Thank you Lord for bringing our people out of the bonds of slavery. Once again, I would like to ask for your help. The people are thirsty and the water is unfit to drink. If it is your will Lord, please help us.
Voice of God: Moses, throw your staff into the water, and it will be safe to drink.
Moses: Thank you, Lord.
Narrator: Soon there was more grumbling.
Follower 2: There is no food to eat! Why have you taken us from Egypt? There we were slaves, but we had food to eat. Now we will starve!
Narrator: So Moses called upon the Lord, and He sent quails in the evening, and manna every morning. But again, there was more grumbling.
Follower 3: There is no water in this desert to drink. You have brought us out of Egypt so we could die!
Narrator: So Moses called upon the Lord.
Voice of God: Moses, strike the rocks with your staff, and the water will pour forth.
Narrator: After three months of wandering in the desert
Followers 1, 2, 3 : (together)I am tired! Will this trip ever end?
Follower 1: My feet hurt.
Follower 2: My back hurts from carrying everything we own.
Follower 3: My everything hurts.
#4 ON MT SINAI
Characters: Narrator, Voice of God, Follower 1, Follower 2, Follower 3
Narrator: the Israelites arrived at the foot of Mount Sinai, and made a camp there. God told Moses what to say to the people.
Voice of God: I carried you as an eagle carries her young on her wings. Obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own chosen people.
Narrator: Moses called together the people and told them everything the Lord had commanded him. And the people answered together.
Followers 1, 2, 3 :(together) We will obey the Lord and be His chosen people.
Narrator: God told Moses to tell the people that in three days He would come down upon the mountain so that the Israelites would hear Him speaking with Moses, and would believe. On the morning of the third day, there was thunder and lightning and the sound of a loud trumpet. A thick cloud appeared on the mountain. The people trembled with fear. Moses led them out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was covered in smoke, because the Lord had come down on it in fire. The Lord came down on the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain.
Voice of God: I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves. "Thou shall have no other gods before me." "Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image," "Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain;" "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." "Honor thy father and thy mother:" "Thou shall not kill." "Thou shall not commit adultery" "Thou shall not steal." "Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor." "Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's house, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.”
Narrator: The Lord gave Moses these ten laws and many others. Moses told the people all of the Lord's commandments.
Followers 1 2, 3 : (together) We will do everything that the Lord has said.
Voice of God: Moses, come up the mountain, and I will give you two stone tablets with the laws that I have written for my people.
Narrator: Moses went up Mount Sinai, and again a cloud covered it. The light of the Lord's presence came down on the mountain, and it looked like a fire burning. Forty days and forty nights passed. When the Israelites saw that Moses had not come down from the mountain, they were afraid. They turned to Aaron.
Follower 1: It's been forty days! We do not know what happened to this Moses.
Follower 2: I know he led us out of Egypt, but what if he never returns? Who will lead us?
Follower 3: You must make a god to lead us.
Aaron: Bring me your gold jewelry. He melted it, poured the gold into a mold, and made a golden calf.
Followers 1, 2, 3: (together) This is our god now!
Narrator: The next day, the people made offerings to the calf. They had a great celebration while they sang and danced around the golden calf.
Characters: Moses, Voice of God, Aaron
The Voice of God: My people have forgotten Me. I released them from bondage. You led them out of Egypt, and they have already forgotten Me. They have made a gold calf, and are worshiping it and saying it led them out of Egypt. I am angry, and am going to destroy them. Then I will make you and your descendants a great nation.
Moses: Lord, please do not destroy your people. Remember your promise to Abraham, and to Isaac, and to Jacob, that you would give them as many descendants as the stars in the sky.
Narrator: God forgave them and did not destroy the Israelites. And Moses went back down the mountain, carrying the two stone tablets with the commandments written on both sides. When Moses came close enough to the camp to see the gold calf and hear the singing and see the dancing, he became furious! There, at the foot of the mountain, he threw down the tablets he was carrying, and broke them. He took the gold calf and melted it.
Characters: Narrator, Moses, Aaron
Moses: Aaron, why have you forgotten God? What were you thinking?
Aaron: The people were worried, and I had to do something. They were looking to me for answers, and I didn’t know if you were ever coming back. What if something had happened to you on the mountain? They were looking to me. I had to do something.
Moses: You should have prayed. I will ask God to forgive all of you.
Narrator: Moses went to the Lord, and the Lord forgave His people. God again wrote the commandments on two stone tablets. The covenant was renewed with the Israelites, and once again they were God's chosen people.
- Is it hard to believe that the Pharaoh did not believe in God?
- Do all of the world’s leaders believe in God today?
- Is it hard to believe that the Israelites lost their faith?
- Do people tend to have more faith in times of trouble?
- Did God forgive the Israelites?
- Will God forgive you for lack of faith?
- How can you be forgiven?
- Why did God give us the laws called the Ten Commandments?
- How many of the Commandments can you name?
In order to live a life that is faithful to God, we must love God more than anything or anyone, and we must love our neighbors as ourselves.