By Andy Lund
Two quick skits on the importance of the Bible - and ways to misuse it.
Driver: Where are we?
Passenger: I dont know. Its all Greek to me.
Driver: Try using the map book.
Passenger: I was but its all in some kind of code.
Driver: How do you mean?
Passenger: Well it says: X3 553. What the hecks that? Some sort of Maths problem?
Driver: Show me.
Passenger: Look X3553
Driver: You idiot. Youve got the map book upside down. It says Essex.
Passenger: I knew that. Just shows what a waste of time map books are. We were doing all right without it. Didnt need it to prove we were in X3553.
Driver: Essex. And it might have helped if we had known.
Driver: Cos we wanted to go to Devon.
Passenger: Well, its all the same, isnt it?
Driver: Oh yeah. Except ones east of Salisbury and the others west.
Driver: In opposite directions.
Passenger: Fine. I knew that. In fact when it comes down to it, I know a lot. I dont need a silly map book. (Tears it up)
Driver: That helps.
Passenger: Yeah, well who cares?. Its just like that other thing youve got in here.
Passenger: This Highwaymans Code. What codes that-another X3553 for Dick Turpin or something.
Driver: No, you fool! Its the Highway Code. Not the Highwaymans code. It tells you the rules of the road.
Passenger: Yeah, well who needs it? Its all common sense really. Lets have a look. (Leafs through) "Drive on the left-hand side of the road". What a joke! Its just so restricting. Who are they to tell us what to do when? We can do what we like. Its a free country. Well drive on the right.
Driver: No, it says left.
Passenger: You stick in the mud. Give it a go. Come on, Ill do it if you like. (Grabs wheel and steers right)
Passenger: (Hesitatingly) er yes?
Driver: Look in the mirror.
Passenger: Why? Is my hair messed up?
Driver: Look in the mirror.
Passenger: (Peers in mirror) Mandy, is that a code too? P O L 1 C E
Driver: No, Neil, its the police. Do you think maybe the book was right after all?
Narrator 1: You know, Im feeling quite depressed at the moment, Mandy.
Narrator 2: Im sorry to hear that Neil. You know what you really need to do is read the Bible. That always helps I find.
Narrator 1: Good idea. What do you suggest I read. Theres an awful lot of books in there.
Narrator 2: 66 actually.
Narrator 1: Well, there you are. Its difficult to know which one will help me.
Narrator 2: I suppose its best to start at the beginning.
Narrator 1: What in Genesis. Well here goes (Opens book towards beginning) How about this Genesis Chapter 30 verse 14. " During wheat harvest Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants which he brought to his mother Leah" Mm- I dont know if thats going to help me a lot.
Narrator 2: Well-the thing is you have to meditate on it a lot. Really think about it.
Narrator 1: (Thinking hard) Err- its no good, Mandy. I keep thinking What is a mandrake? Do you know?
Narrator 2: Err, well actually, - no. Perhaps you should try the New Testament. You know, starting from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Narrator 1: Right. What do you suggest?
Narrator 2: Oh, I dont know just open the page at random. See what you are led to.
Narrator 1: (Cautiously) Well I dont know. All right here goes. Matthew chapter 27 verse 5. "Judas went away and hanged himself." Thats not terribly helpful. In fact its making me feel more depressed.
Narrator 2: Yes, but you really have to think deeply about it. Lets write it down so you can. (Writes it down on OHP). Anyway it might only be part of Gods encouragement for you. Flip the Bible open at another page and see what you get.
Narrator 1: Well I dont know. Im not sure this is how you should read the Bible.
Narrator 2: It cant be wrong. It is the Bible, after all.
Narrator 1: OK. Here goes. Ill read it, you write it. Luke chapter 10 verse 37. " Jesus told him Go and do the same" (Narrator 2 writes it down)
Narrator 2: Right lets see what God is telling you for your depression. (Reads it out)
Narrator 1: Great!
© Andy Lund, Durrington Christian Fellowship
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