BACK

THORN    3'2m2f The clear meaning of Paul's thorn in the flesh

HOST -- (enters, crosses to DC) Good evening and welcome to 
SPEAKING OF THE BIBLE, the show that explores the fascinating 
world of the Bible. Tonight our entire half hour will be devoted 
to the writings most prolific author of the New Testament, the 
Apostle Paul. And as a special treat we have author himself. 
Please help me welcome Paul the Apostle.

(applause)

PAUL -- (Paul enters with a huge thorn through his head, crosses 
to DC, holding his head) You got an aspirin?

HOST -- No, I'm sorry. 

PAUL -- Bummer.

HOST -- Well, Paul, I guess the first thing we should discuss is 
the obvious. We avid readers of your epistles have been 
fascinated and perplexed by the concept of the thorn in the 
flesh. Frankly, we had no idea that it was a literal thorn.

PAUL -- How about an Alka Seltzer? You got an Alka Seltzer?

HOST -- No, I'm sorry. 

PAUL -- Bummer.

HOST -- For those of our viewers who are not familiar with the 
concept of the THORN IN THE FLESH, we should probably clarify 
the concept. Paul?

PAUL -- I'd even take a Midal, if anyone has a Midal. (looks 
around) Anybody?

HOST -- (pauses, reads) According to 2 Corinthians 13:7, you 
state that the thorn in the flesh was given to you to keep you 
from being... (pauses)

PAUL -- You would not believe this headache.

HOST -- ...to keep you from being conceited. Did I interpret 
that concept correctly?

PAUL -- What was the question again?

HOST -- It was interesting to me that you stated that the thorn 
in the flesh was not a reminder from the Lord, but a messenger 
from Satan to torment you. Would you like to comment on that?

PAUL -- No.

HOST -- No? 

PAUL -- No.

HOST -- Paul, you are the most prolific contributors to the 
Bible. You've written some of the most quoted theologies in the 
Bible. Have you always been this good with words?

PAUL -- Yes.

HOST -- I would have thought that a wordsmith like you would be 
more talkative.

PAUL -- Not since... you know. (points to thorn) I have to go 
lie down. (exits)

HOST -- (forces smile) Well, we still have... (Looks at his 
watch) ...Twenty seven minutes left of SPEAKING OF THE BIBLE.
(Rolls his eyes) And we'll be back right after these messages.

(exits, reenters, dragging Tina to DC)

Welcome back to SPEAKING OF THE BIBLE. We are talking about the 
writings of the Apostle Paul. And here to lend her expertise is 
our make-up girl, Tina. Tina, you're a Sunday school teacher, 
what do you think about the writings of Apostle Paul.

TINA -- I like them.

HOST -- And what do you like about them?

TINA -- They're good.

HOST -- They're good. (forces smile) Well, we have 24 and a half 
minutes left of SPEAKING OF THE BIBLE and we'll be back right 
after these messages. (drags Tina to exit) They're good.

(reenters, dragging Mary to DC)

Welcome back to SPEAKING OF THE BIBLE. We are talking about the 
writings of the Apostle Paul. And here to lend her expertise is 
our production assistant, Mary. Mary, you go to church 
sometimes. Which of Paul's epistles do you like best? 

MARY -- Did Paul write epistles? I thought he wrote some of the 
Bible.

HOST -- (pushes Mary to exit) Well, I see that we still have 
twenty-two minutes remaining of SPEAKING OF THE BIBLE. And right 
after these messages we'll show you a taped rerun of one of our 
previous shows. See you next time on SPEAKING OF THE BIBLE. 
(both exit)


2013 Bob Snook. Conditions for use:
Do not sell any part of this script, even if you rewrite it.
Pay no royalties, even if you make money from performances.
You may reproduce and distribute this script freely,
but all copies must contain this copyright statement.
http://www.bobsnook.org  email: bob@bobsnook.org

BACK