Today’s wise man and fully stocked camel are part of Playmobil set #4886 and can be viewed/ordered here.
Playmobil has once again demonstrated their theological astuteness by making the wise men a separate package. It might even be smart of me to not bring them out until after Christmas or even to hold off on buying the package until a few years after starting the tradition. The Magi are still a part of the story, and now that Jesus is here, the celebration continues. The first of three racially distinct wise men comes with a fully loaded camel, included a chest full of gold coins. We won’t tell the kids that there are loose coins in that chest, because if we did, they wouldn’t survive Advent.
Day 19 – Matthew 2: 1-6 (TNIV)
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 ” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ “