Christian Skits for Use with Actors and/or Puppets
Skit 3: Dr. Rubenstein Considers Payback
In a series of ten lessons, Christian Skits address science from the standpoint of Christian values. Why was Joseph’s coat of many colors such a big deal? How were the colors added? Did it take a long time to make it? Is that why Joseph’s brothers were so jealous? Why didn’t Joseph look for a way to pay them back for what they did to him?
Dr. Rubenstein, or “Dr. R.” as he is known to young Joey, shares the science behind dying fabric and the emotion behind jealousy. The skits can be presented with live actors such as the children themselves, child and parent, child and teacher/tutor, or puppets. There are only two parts (Dr. R. and Joey), so the skits are manageable for use in the classroom, home school, Sunday School or children’s church.
Skit 3 addresses the story of Joseph, how his coat and his dreams got him into trouble with his brothers, how he handled his brothers’ jealousy, and what Joseph did when everything went wrong instead of getting angry. In a follow-up activity, children can do an experiment to study how fabric soaks up dye and make an educated guess as to the work involved in making Joseph’s coat in his day. Children can then discuss jealousy and what usually happens when we give into jealousy or when we plan payback. As a part of the extended activities, the children are given real-life situations and the opportunity to tell how they would respond to them.
The object of these lessons is to present science from a Christian standpoint, and to teach Biblical lessons from a scientific standpoint. The stories of the Bible are not myths – they are real – and it is proper and fitting that they be taught as such.