Monday, December 5, 2011

The Big Hats

Scripture Reference: Matthew 1:1-17

A skit introducing Jesus' genealogy.
and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. - Matthew 1:16
GRANNY GRACE – a sweet old storyteller who doesn't always get the facts straight
MR. MIKE – the teacher who sets her straight

(MR. MIKE is on stage when GRANNY enters.)

GRANNY: Good morning, dears.

MR. MIKE: Good morning, Granny. Do you have a story for us today?

GRANNY: Of course, young man. Granny always has a story.

MR. MIKE: What story do you have for us today?

GRANNY: Well, with Christmas coming up, I thought we'd talk about Jesus' genealogy in Matthew 1.

MR. MIKE: That sounds like a great idea.

GRANNY: Splendid! Jesus' ancestors are a colorful bunch of characters: kings & queens, shepherds & farmers, prophets & even a giant killer. But don't think it's all a group of goodie two-shoes. Oh my lands, no. There were some real miscreants and ne'er-do-wells. Many of the kings were very naughty. Rehoboam, Abijah, Jeehoram, Ahaz, Manassah, Amon, and Jeconiah were all disobedient boys.

MR. MIKE: That's all very interesting, Granny.

GRANNY: But that's not the most interesting part.

MR. MIKE: Really?

GRANNY: Oh my lands, yes. It seems that all of Jesus' ancestors wore big hats.

MR. MIKE: (dubious) Big hats?

GRANNY: Yes, dear. In fact, that's what my old Sunday school teacher used to call this part of the book of Matthew: the big hats. I'd imagine Ruth wearing a big broad-rimmed hat with an enormous jaunty feather in it. I'm sure Boaz thought it was quite fetching.

MR. MIKE: Granny...

GRANNY: And David in a 10-gallon cowboy hat facing down the giant Goliath in a showdown.

MR. MIKE: I don't think...

GRANNY: And Abraham wearing a large festive sombrero to keep the sun out of his eyes while traveling in the desert.

MR. MIKE: Granny Grace!

GRANNY: Yes, dear?

MR. MIKE: It's not "big hat;" it's "begat."

GRANNY: Are you quite sure, dearie?

MR. MIKE: I'm not sure of a lot of things, but I'm sure about this. "To beget" means to create or to father. The begats is a list of who is the father of whom.

GRANNY: Well, that's completely different. It's still a lovely story, even without the hats.

MR. MIKE: Yes, it is.

GRANNY: And His ancestors show that it was not His pedigree that made Him special. His ancestors include liars and murderers and sinners of all sorts. But Jesus came for all of us, and we too are liars and murderers and sinners of all sorts.

MR. MIKE: Which shows just how much he loves us.

GRANNY: Well put, young man.

MR. MIKE: Thank you for sharing the story of Jesus' ancestors with us today, Granny.

GRANNY: My pleasure. And remember, children: Eat your vegetables and read your Bible every day. Bye, dears. (exits)

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