The Perfect Witness, Part 3

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1 Samuel 16:7

7But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Mark 7:1-23
1The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and

2saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were "unclean," that is, unwashed. 3(The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with 'unclean' hands?" 6He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: "'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.' 8You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men." 9And he said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! 10For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.' 11But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban' (that is, a gift devoted to God), 12then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother. 13Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that." 14Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15Nothing outside a man can make him 'unclean' by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him 'unclean.'" 16(OMITTED TEXT) 17After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18"Are you so dull?" he asked. "Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'? 19For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body." (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods "clean.") 20He went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' 21For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.

23All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'"

2 Corinthians 5:1-21
1Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

2Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 6Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7We live by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 11Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.

21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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The Perfect Witness, Part 3

“The Perfect Witness, Part 3” is episode #311 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on April 22, 1995.


A mystery is triggered when two armed men hold up Holstein's Books and take a hostage--a blind girl named Jenny Roberts.


Katrina Shanks and Eugene work together to discover why someone stole his laptop computer and disks and erased his hard drive. They also wonder why the robbers would steal her knapsack, which also contained computer information.

Eugene remembers that he’d had information for a secret analysis report on his computer and disks. He and Katrina also remember that he’d given a copy to her, which she’d put in an envelope in her knapsack. Then they realize the thieves were after the report, not the money or the rare book. Eugene rushes off to warn Dr. Marcus because Eugene had given the professor a copy of the report. If that’s what the culprits were after, then Dr. Marcus may be in danger. Dr. Marcus is skeptical and unconcerned.

Later, in his office, Dr. Marcus argues with Russell Kosh. Marcus is furious that Kosh and Johns complicated what was supposed to be a simple robbery. Eugene suddenly arrives. Kosh hides while Eugene tells Dr. Marcus that he’s found another copy of the report. Dr. Marcus is pleased and tells Eugene what a brilliant report it is. The professor says he’ll be happy to use his influence to see that it’s published. Later, Marcus instructs Kosh to get to Eugene’s dorm room to steal the copy of the report. Kosh arrives, but the police are waiting there to arrest him. Dr. Marcus is also arrested.

In the end, Detective Ethan explains that Dr. Marcus had planned the whole scheme to steal Eugene’s report and take credit for its authorship. Dr. Marcus was convinced that the publication of the report would ensure his tenure at the university. It was supposed to be a simple plan but was foiled, thanks especially to Jenny. Jenny understands now how her blindness isn’t always a liability and she was, indeed, “The Perfect Witness.” Detective Ethan takes Jenny's arm and they walk off together to Whit's End for ice cream.

This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »

Discussion Questions

  1. What was the big mistake the robbers made in taking Jenny hostage?
  2. Have you ever misjudged anyone by their outward appearance?
    • If so, what did you learn from your mistake?
  3. Why would Dr. Marcus stage an elaborate robbery simply to get tenure at the college where he worked?


Role Voice Actor
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Fred Holstein Kenneth Mars
Jenny Roberts Natalie Babbitt
Katrina Shanks Pamela Hayden
Dr. Marcus Erv Immerman
Martin Franklin Johns Tom Williams
Mike Roberts Matt Hurwitz
Detective Pat Ethan Vaughn Taylor
Captain Richard Quinn Kenneth Mars
Russell Kosh Robert Spina
Officer Stew Burke Marshal Younger
Officer Stu Steve Burns


PARENTS: This three-part mystery includes an armed robbery and kidnapping, which are played and replayed throughout all three parts. Although no one gets hurt in the episodes, they may be too intense for younger listeners.



Eugene Meltsner: Be forewarned: I am equipped with a very heavy paperweight -- and I am not afraid to use it!

Martin Franklin Johns: I haven't done anything. You have me confused with someone else. What's the charge?
Captain Richard Quinn: Suspicion of armed robbery and kidnapping.
Martin Franklin Johns: No way! It's a case of, you know, mistaken identity.

Detective Pat Ethan: Jenny, I know they kept saying you were the perfect hostage because you're blind. But as far as I'm concerned, you're the perfect witness.

Russel Kosh: I don't want trouble and I don't wanna have to hurt you.
Eugene Meltsner: Is that what you said to Jenny Roberts when you kidnapped her from Holstein's Bookstore?
Russel Kosh: Who?
Detective Pat Ethan: I think you know her better as Abraham Lincoln.

Eugene Meltsner: Then I shall apply all my faculties to help form a solution!
Captain Richard Quinn: Hmmm. Think about it too, please.

Captain Richard Quinn: Come on, Marty, gimme a break!
Martin Franklin Johns: Martin.

Eugene Meltsner: Have you come to erase everything else I own? My cassette tapes, a few pencil smudges?