Here’s a two-voice readers’ theatre setting which combines two of the scripture readings for Lent 1A: Romans 5: 12-19 and Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7. For an alternative setting of Romans 5: 12-19, see this post.
(Genesis 2: 15-17, 3: 1-7; Romans 5: 12-19)
One: The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden
to tend and watch over it.
Two: But the Lord God warned him,
“You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—
except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
One: The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made.
One day he asked the woman,
Two: Did God really say you must not eat the fruit
from any of the trees in the garden?
One: Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,
It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden
that we are not allowed to eat.
God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it;
if you do, you will die.’
Two: You won’t die!
God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it,
and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.
One: The woman was convinced.
She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious,
and she wanted the wisdom it would give her.
So she took some of the fruit and ate it.
Two: Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her,
and he ate it, too.
At that moment their eyes were opened,
and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness.
So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
One: When Adam sinned, sin entered the world.
Two: Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone,
for everyone sinned.
One: Yes, people sinned even before the law was given.
But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break.
Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—
even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did.
Two: Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come.
But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift.
For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many.
But even greater is God’s wonderful grace
and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.
One: And the result of God’s gracious gift
is very different from the result of that one man’s sin.
Two: For Adam’s sin led to condemnation,
but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God,
even though we are guilty of many sins.
One: For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many.
But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness,
for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death
through this one man, Jesus Christ.
Two: Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone,
but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God
and new life for everyone.
One: Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners.
Two: But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.