Jun 5, 2013

Readers' Theatre: Nathan Confronts King David

Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of 2 Samuel 11: 26- 12: 35, the alternate Old Testament reading for Proper 6 C. It is set for three voices.

Readers’ Theatre: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:35

One:     When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead,
she mourned for him.
When the period of mourning was over,
David sent for her and brought her to the palace,
and she became one of his wives.
Then she gave birth to a son.
But the Lord was displeased with what David had done.

So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to David.
He told David this story:

Two:     There were two men in a certain town.
One was rich, and one was poor. 
The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. 
The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought.
He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children.
It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup.
He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. 
One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man.
But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd,
he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.

One:     King David was furious.

Three:   As surely as the Lord lives,
any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! 
He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole
and for having no pity.

Two:     You, David, are that man!
The Lord, the God of Israel, says:
I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul.  
I gave you your master’s house and his wives
and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah.
And if that had not been enough,
I would have given you much, much more. 
Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord 
and done this horrible deed?
For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite
with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife. 
From this time on, your family will live by the sword
because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.

Three:   You are right!  I have sinned against the Lord.

Two:     Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you,
and you won’t die for this sin.  
because you have shown utter contempt for the Lord by doing this,
your child will die.

One:     After Nathan returned to his home,
the Lord sent a deadly illness to the child of David and Uriah’s wife.