The Sun of Righteousness, an original Musical

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Written and produced July 2009. The basis for the story comes from Luke 5:27-31. The title comes from Malachi 4:2, for Malachi talks about the restoration of the Levites (priests and priestly duties).

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released July 9, 2009

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Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.
Track Name: He's Here
Person 1:
Have you heard? He’s here, in Capernaum, our little city by the sea. We wonder what will he do, what will he say in Capernaum.

People:
We’re going to the synagogue
We heard that he’ll be there
John (the Baptist) called him the “Lamb of God”
The Pharisees just “foul”
But now’s our chance to meet the man
Named Jesus face to face
So we’re off to see this Lamb of God
Who’s come to Capernaum

Chorus: He’s here! What will he say? What will he do?

People:
We heard the heavens opened up
When he was baptized
A dove came down
A voice spoke out
From heaven above
We heard he changed water to wine
At Cana’s Wedding

(Chorus)

(Tax Group comes in and starts setting up their booth)

TC’s:
We are despised for our occupation
They often find us intimidating
Religious rites are not for us
Working nights as a fisherman is a bust!

People:
Oh great! Here come those tax collectors!
Those very genuine betrayers
Of the Jewish land, the Jewish faith, the Jewish people
In one word: Sell-outs!

TC’s:
We’ve no regrets
For who we are
It’s shameless, you might think to call us
To be outcasts
In our own homes
The lowest of the lowest low
But we’ve got wealth and luxuries
And all you people don’t!

People: He’s here! (What will he say? What will he do?)
TC’s: We’re here!

All:
He’s here!
People: What will he do?
TC’s: Setup our booth
People: What will he say?
TC’s: It’s time to pay!
People/TC’s: What will he/we do in Capernaum?
Track Name: The Collectors
Background music.
Track Name: Sun of Righteousness
Just as the sun
Rises everyday
As sure as the rainbow
After the rain
God has promised
An end to this night
Of sin and darkness
To the unfaithful who turned away

Return to me
I’ll return to you
The Day of the Lord is near.
Watch, Pray, For the dawning of that Day
The Day of the Lord is near.
Return to me
I’ll return to you

The Sun of Righteousness
Will rise with healing in its wings
To purify and cleanse
Those who revere his name.
The Sun of Righteousness
Will rise with healing in its wings
To make a people for himself
His treasured possession
His treasured possession.
Track Name: Tax Collector (Give to Rome)
Zaccheus: …And that is how you collect taxes for Rome. Any questions?
New Tax Collector 1: Yes. That’s how Rome gets paid, but how do we get paid?

Zaccheus: (smiles) How do we get paid? Ha ha. That’s the fun part. You’ll get paid if you follow this one simple rule:

“Give to Rome what is due / but make sure to collect some for you.”

Z: You must give Rome the standard fare
But if you take a little more, Rome doesn’t care.
If someone owes 2, charge ‘em 4!
Use the Roman guards to earn some more
They’re very good at intimidation
(Just make sure to split the commission)
If you’re short on cash
Here’s the fix:
Just make up a tax
They can’t dispute it!

Z: Do you see what I mean?

TC’s: Hey, we’re getting it.

TC’s:
Give to Rome what is due
But make sure to collect some for you.
Give to Rome what is due
But make sure to collect some for you.

If someone owes 3, make it 5
You can make a lot of money
In a short time.
Use the guards to intimidate,
They’ll be quick to liquidate!

Z: That’s the spirit!

All:
We just want to make a living
To buy a house and food for feasting
There’s nothing wrong to make a living!

Not a fisherman
Not a blacksmith
Not a carpenter
Not a bailiff
Not a Pharisee
Not a great king
Not a governor
Nor nobility

But we are the tax collectors
Galilee’s own tax collectors!

Give to Rome what is due
But make sure to collect some for you.
Track Name: Go, Go, Follow
I'm gonna go go go go go go followin' Jesus
I'm gonna go go go go go wherever he leads
I'm gonna go go go go go go followin' Jesus
I'm gonna go go go go go he's callin' to me

All you tax collectors and sinners
Listen up to me
This man's my healer, my Lord
My Teacher and my friend
All you tax collectors and sinners
Listen up to me
Jesus my healer, my Lord
Is calling out to you too

I'm gonna go go go go go go followin' Jesus
I'm gonna go go go go go wherever he leads
I'm gonna go go go go go go followin' Jesus
I'm gonna go go go go go he's callin' to me

God sent his Son to save me
From all the wrong I've done
He sent his Son to save me
and purify within
He sent his Son to call me
In righteousness like him
He sent his Son to lead me
To walk in his holy steps

I'm gonna go go go go go go followin' Jesus
There's no turning back, there's no turning back for me
I'm gonna go go go go go go followin' Jesus
There's no turning back, there's no turning back for me

I left everything
Back there at that scene
That wondrous day
he walked up to me
Come, Follow me (Come, follow me)
Come, follow me, he told me
Come, follow me (Come, follow me)
Come, follow me, he said

When I go go go go go go followin' Jesus
His joy joy joy joy joy comes followin' me
When I go go go go go go followin' Jesus
Track Name: Jesus, Friend of Sinners
There is a voice that must be heard
There is a song that must be sung
There is a name that must be lifted high

There is a treasure more than gold
There is a king upon the throne
There is one whose praise will fill the skies

His name is Jesus, friend of sinners
Jesus, Jesus
Friend of mine

There is a peace that calms our fears
There is a love stronger than death
There is a hope that goes beyond the grave

There is a friend who won't let go
There is a heart that beats for you
There is one name by which we are saved

When I was captive to my fears
You were the one who came to me
You set me free
You set me free