Amos 7:7-15 drama, Plumb-line — Ana Gobledale, UK

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10)

Roles: God, Amos, Amaziah (priest), Jeroboam (king)

Each role may be filled by any age or gender.

Ready-to-print downloads of the script:

PDF Amos 7, 7-15 – drama – Amos, God, King, Priest

WORD Amos 7, 7-15 – drama – Amos, God, King, Priest

Script

Amos:  I am the prophet Amos.

Today’s Old Testament reading comes from the book I wrote.

First, I have a conversation with God.

Apparently, the priest, Amaziah, hears of it, for he then warns Jer-o-bo-am, the King of Israel.

Finally, Amaziah, the priest, speaks to me, Amos, directly, and warns me, too.

These are the conversations as I have recorded them:

It all started when God was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in hand, and spoke to me.

God:    “Amos, what do you see?”

Amos:   “A plumb line.”

God:  Amos, Look. See that I, God,

am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel.

I will never again pass them by.

The high places of Isaac shall be made desolate.

And the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste.

And I will rise against the house of Jero-bo-am with the sword.”

Amos:  Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jero-bo-am of Israel, saying,

Priest Amaziah:

“I am Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, and I have heard these things said to Amos.

I will write of these things to Jer-o-bo-am, the King of Israel.

I will write:  “Amos has conspired against you in the very centre of the house of Israel.

The land is not able to bear all his words.

For thus Amos has said, ‘Jer-o-bo-am shall die by the sword and Israel must go into exile away from his land.'”

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Now I will speak to Amos myself.

I Amaziah, the priest, say to you,  ‘Amos-the-Seer, Go!  Flee away to the land of Judah!

‘Earn your bread there. And prophesy there.

‘But never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and a temple of the realm.’

Amos: Amaziah, I am no seer, no prophet, nor a prophet’s son.

But I am Amos, a herdsman,

and a dresser of sycamore trees.

God took me from following the flock and said to me,

‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

That is what I said to Amaziah.

I have written more, which you can read in my book that is in your Bible. But this is the end of the reading for today.

I hope I have said it clearly.

May God bless our conversation with understanding.