My person says that there are a lot of Nativity scenes that show the wise men bringing gifts to the baby Jesus. She says that these wise men were probably not there at all that first night when Jesus was lying in a manger.
These wise men, called Magi, were probably astrologers. Because they studied the stars they would recognize a new star when it appeared in the sky. They knew what the star meant and came to worship the baby Jesus who was born king of the Jews. The Magi came from the east – maybe from an area which is currently in modern day Iraq.
Okay person, we have Magi and a star – but where are the animals? I’m ready to leave.
My person said to hold on. “Sigh.” She said these Magi were probably rich considering the gifts they brought along for the baby Jesus. They could most likely afford camels for their travels. Well, camels are much bigger than me, but I guess they are still animals.
Those Magi came to Israel riding on their camels and didn’t know exactly where to find Jesus, so they went to King Herod in Jerusalem. King Herod had no clue where to find Jesus, but he was very upset to hear about another king. I guess I might feel the same way if another dog took over my house.
So King Herod had to ask the chief priests and teachers of the law where the Christ was to be born. They told him the prophet Micah had said that the Christ would be born in Bethlehem.
That sneaky King Herod found out from the Magi just when the star had appeared and told them that after they found the Christ child to let him know so he could go worship him.
The Magi went on their way and the star went ahead of them and stopped over the house where Mary and Jesus were. They bowed down and worshipped Jesus and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Wow Jesus, you got some pretty awesome gifts – but did they give you any chew toys or treats?
For the Love of My Dogs
January 8, 2012 at 10:45 am
Another wonderful Bible story, Bongo! Thanks for sharing it with us. We’re glad you got some animal action in this– camels would probably be very exciting if you happened to be standing near one 🙂
January 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm
Thanks Deanna. My person says those camels are really big. I think I’d be afraid of one stepping on me.
January 8, 2012 at 10:51 am
You know I feel sure Bongo that the Magi must have animals with them, not dogs of course but maybe sheep or goats .They travelled a long way to see Jesus and would have had to make camp. Then they would be hungry so they would kill an animal for their dinner..that’s what I think anyway!
January 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Patreciau, maybe if those Magi had sheep they had sheepdogs to take care of them.
January 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm
Sheep Dogs? Well perhaps they were collies?!!!! LOL…. Collie Hugs to Patrecia and You BONGO! 🙂
God Bless You!
The Collies and Chuck 🙂
January 8, 2012 at 11:21 am
Camels are pretty awesome animals but kinda temperamental. They spit if they are not happy and it is disgusting—trust me on this one.
January 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm
Patricia, it sounds like you’ve had an encounter with a camel.
January 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm
Yes I did and it was not pleasant…
January 8, 2012 at 11:43 am
I wonder what happened to that donkey Mary rode into Bethlehem?
January 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm
Rumpy, I was wondering about that donkey too. I forgot to ask my person about it.
January 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Bongo, I wonder if maybe Baby Jesus got an old rag to suck or chew on? Not as good as a chew toy or squeaky, but He would need something!!! I’m always glad in the story when Mary, Joseph, and Jesus escaped King Herod! On the way to Egypt, I think the donkey shows up again…well, at least in paintings.
January 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm
Nanina, I think I’ll have to follow up on that donkey.
January 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm
I really love that picture!
January 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Dianda, that is a really great picture, isn’t it?
January 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm
The story of the Magi is interesting! To think they followed a star across the desert and found Jesus is phenomenal! They gave Jesus their gifts which were wonderful But, I hope someone gave him a dog… 🙂
God BLess You!
The Collies and Chuck 🙂
January 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm
Collies, I agree. Jesus was missing out if he didn’t have a pet dog.
January 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm
I never read the Bible from the dog view, interesting take. ❤ DogDaz
January 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm
Dogdaz, my person says she’s learning by telling me these stories – especially about the animals in the Bible since I always want to hear about them.
Misty Shores Chesapeakes
January 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm
I love your Bible stories Bongo…keep em coming!
January 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm
Thanks Misty. I love it when my person tells them to me.
January 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm
Hey Bongo, way to go my kids love hearing bible stories from a dog’s view.
January 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm
Thanks Jennifer, I’m glad you’re kids enjoy them. I’m trying to talk my person into inviting me to her Sunday school class.
January 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm
Wow, the rich had camels. I love camels don’t you Bongo? They seem so peaceful.
January 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm
Bassetmomma, I think I’d be a little afraid of being stepped on by those camels.
January 9, 2012 at 12:52 am
Bongo, I guess you would shared your chew toys with Jezus if you could. It was lovely you thought about it:)
January 9, 2012 at 10:49 am
Angelswhisper, I will share my chew toys with anyone who will toss them back to me to catch. I bet Jesus would do that for me.
January 9, 2012 at 6:15 am
Oh Bongo….I’m a bit confused…Jesus was born king of the Jews ? but…Christianity and Jewry are different, aren’t they? Oops do I look fool enough not knowing the bible story? * blush* I’ll wait for more stories coming from your person!!! 🙂
January 9, 2012 at 10:57 am
Kevin, you have a very good question and one that many people don’t understand. Jesus is Jewish. The Old Testament in the Bible is the same as the Jewish Scriptures. The New Testament is about Jesus. Christianity was born out of Judaism. The Jews who do not accept Christianity are those who do not believe Jesus us the Messiah. There are many prophesies of the Messiah in the Old Testament and they point right to Jesus. My person says she hopes this helps.
January 10, 2012 at 7:18 am
Thanks Bongo and your person! I understand it better! It’s always very interesting to learn about the stories in the Bible and the difference from the other religions. 🙂
January 10, 2012 at 10:34 am
Kevin, we’re glad we can help. It’s amazing how so many religions can be so similar and yet so different.
January 9, 2012 at 8:07 am
Do you think the Camels were just waiting outside and you couldn’t see them?? Maybe they had chew toys to play with while they waited?
Have a fun day,
Your pal Snoopy 🙂
January 9, 2012 at 10:58 am
Snoopy, I bet those camels did have chew toys. Do you think they’d share them with us?
January 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm
Every time I think of King Herod, I think of Josh Mostel in the movie “Jesus Christ, Superstar”. Bongo, I think you would have like him too because he had some really neat toys.
January 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm
Sandra, toys are good. Did Josh Mostel have some toys that were good to chew on?
January 10, 2012 at 12:22 am
Wonderful story Bongo.
January 10, 2012 at 10:00 am
January 10, 2012 at 6:11 am
This is a good story Bongo. I like that it is about stars. But I bet that King Herod is not interested in worshiping…
January 10, 2012 at 10:06 am
Thanks Brown Dawgs. That King Herod is pretty sneaky. My person said she’s going to tell me what he’s up to in the next story.