We purchased the Fisher Price Little People Nativity set a while ago (maybe even before Jared was born??). For the last two or three years Jared has enjoyed playing with the set...talking about Baby Jesus, listening to "Away in a Manger," hiding the figures around the house. Well, I loved what he said about the Three Wise Men the other night. Here's our coversation...
Jared - "Mama, these are the Three Wise Men."
Mama - "Yup, that's right."
Jared - "Do you know what they brought Baby Jesus?"
Mama - "Hm...I'm not sure. Do you know?"
Jared - "Yes. This one (pointing to the first man) brought cereal for Baby Jesus...this one (pointing to the second man) brought milk for Baby Jesus...and this one (the last and third man) brought money."
Mama - "Ha! Well, I'm sure Baby Jesus needed all of that stuff."
Oh, how funny, and smart mind you (what else would a baby need, anyways?), a 4-year-old is!!
**fyi, did you know our nativity (and probably yours and all others) might be incorrect? Did you know that there probably weren't Three Wise Men there to see Jesus? The Bible doesn't say there were three men but only that they brought three gifts (gifts for a King, mind you). So we deduced that there were three men. Also, did you know that the Three Wise Men weren't there immediately after Jesus' birth? In fact, they probably came months (or even years) after Jesus was born, as the Bible says the Magi came to the house (not the manger - and Joseph, Mary and Jesus were probably already back in Nazareth and not Bethlehem). I remember our Pastor, Richard G, talking about the Wise Men and the traditional nativity scene. I had never thought of this. You can read more about the Three Wise Men here.