This is a skit portraying the story of Abram and the birth of Isaac is promised as written in Genesis 15, 17, & 18. It is written directly from the Bible, only putting in a few directorial cues, which are written in parenthesis. This skit can be performed as simply as having your students read the script in class, or as extravagant as having costumes and scenery
picture of calf
bucket (for milk)
Narrator: The Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying,
God: Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.
Abram: O Lord God, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus? Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.
God: This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.”
Narrator: And He took him outside.
God: Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them. So shall your descendants be.
Narrator: Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Narrator: Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram.
God: I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless. I will establish My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly.
Narrator: Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him.
God: As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you. I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
God: As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.
Narrator: Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed.
Abraham: (to himself) Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? And will Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?
Abraham: (to God) Oh that Ishmael might live before You!
God: No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.
Narrator: When He finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.
Narrator: Now the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.
(Three men enter)
Narrator: When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth.
Abraham: My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not pass Your servant by. Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; and I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have visited your servant.
Man 1: So do, as you have said.
Narrator: So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah.
Abraham: Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes.
Narrator: Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and choice calf and gave it to the servant, and he hurried to prepare it. He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and placed it before them; and he was standing by them under the tree as they ate.
Man 2: Where is Sarah your wife?
Abraham: There, in the tent.
Man 2: I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.
Narrator: And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing.
Sarah: (laughing to herself) After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
Man 1: (to Abraham) Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?’ Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.
Sarah: (denying it) I did not laugh.
Narrator: She said that because she was afraid.
Man 1: No, but you did laugh.
Narrator: Then the men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off.
Image courtesy of Sweet Publishing and Distant Shores Media
We have a coloring page of based on this same passage that shows God’s promise about the stars to Abraham. You can also print our longer Bible lesson about Abraham following God’s Promise.