An Animal Parable Bible Lesson – Three Wise Men

Ask the animals and they will teach you — Job 12:7 NLT


May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. — Psalm 20:4 NIV



This Bible devotion is intended to be used with the children’s story, The Three Camels. Jesus often taught people using parables. In the same way, these stories and devotions are written to teach Bible truths to kids, teens, and people of all ages. Read the concepts below and look up the Bible verses associated with each one. Use the faith building exercise to build your faith.

Based on the story of the three wise men, kings or magi, this story is about their camels and the journey to see Jesus. You can read the real story in your Bible at Matthew 2:1-12.

An Epiphany Play has been adapted from this story..

The Three Camels – Key Concepts
A Parable About Seeing The Whole Picture

1. Erin, Nina and Penda dreamed of traveling to faraway places. God often uses your dreams and desires to communicate His will for your life. If you are listening to God, He will align your dreams with His will. God was already at work preparing their journey before they even asked. He is such a wonderful God to those who love Him and trust Him!

2 Chronicles 25:9Nehemiah 2:20Proverbs 16:3

2. They asked God to send them on a great adventure and He did! If your prayers are filled with faith and in agreement with God’s will, they will always be answered. God loves to answer the prayers and grant the dreams of His children. But do you have the faith to believe He will answer? He is waiting for you to only believe.

Matthew 16:19Mark 11:23John 15:7John 16:24

3. The camels only saw the gift that their master was carrying. They each could only understand a part of the picture. How often people make judgments based on just a little information. But your relationship with God through Jesus gives you access to the source of all wisdom in the world. Utilize this resource and you will always make the right decision.

Ecclesiastes 2:26Isaiah 55:91 Corinthians 1:25-30Ephesians 1:17

4. Erin is an Irish name that means “peace.” Nina is a Hebrew name that means “grace.” Penda is a Swahili name that means “love.” Each of their names reveals a part of God’s nature. When you place your trust in Jesus, you can experience all three in your life: God’s grace, love and peace.

Romans 15:13Philippians 4:71 Peter 5:14Jude 2

5. The wise men admired the Temple in Jerusalem. Men have built enormous churches throughout history. And they are wonderful to admire. But you must remember that God doesn’t live in buildings made by humans. He lives in the hearts of people who put their complete trust in Jesus. You are free to worship God whenever and wherever you are.

Isaiah 66:1-2Acts 7:48-491 Corinthians 3:16 1 John 4:15

6. The wise men were truly wise. They studied ancient prophecies and the stars. When God created a special star to announce Jesus’ birth, they recognized it and immediately traveled to pay homage to the new King. They were probably the only people in the world that understood the meaning of this special star. Just like the wise men, you should study the Bible and pray so that you will know God’s will and not miss any message from Him.

Joshua 1:8-9Psalm 119:105Colossians 1:9-10

7. When the camels saw the modest house where Jesus lived, they were unimpressed and confused as to why they would stop at a place like that. After all, they had seen a large estate, a palace, and a great temple. What could this dingy little hut contain? But there was great treasure inside, God’s Son. Sometimes we look at people and decide that they are of little value. But God looks inside people at what is in their hearts. You need to try and do the same with the people you meet. Remember the old saying: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That person you think is not very special may become your best friend.

1 Samuel 16:7John 7:24Acts 1:2415:8

8. Each of the wise men carried their own unique gift. This was no accident. Nothing with God ever is. This was God revealing truths about His Son. Gold was a gift given to kings and Jesus is the Eternal King. Frankincense was given to represent the divine relationship that Jesus had with His Father. Myrrh was given to represent the sacrifice that Jesus would make to restore your fellowship with God.

Isaiah 9:6Matthew 3:17 1 Peter 1:18-19Revelation 1:5

9. When God or an angel speaks, you need to listen and obey. The angel told the camels to follow him home. By sending them home by a different route, God was protecting Jesus from King Herod. If you are ever lost or uncertain, you can always trust God to lead you.

Isaiah 42:16Psalm 23:2119:105125:1-2Luke 1:79

10. When the camels arrived at home, they continued praising God and sharing the wonderful things He had done for them. When your prayers are answered, you need to thank God and share your joy with others. This will build your faith as well as theirs.

Psalm 35:28John 16:24Ephesians 5:20Philippians 4:4


Putting It All Together

 God loves you and wants to grant your dreams and desires.

By reading the Bible, praying, attending church, and praising God, you will know His will for your life and not miss the opportunities to serve Him.

Look for the best in people, or better yet, see people the way God sees them.

Get to know everything about Jesus. Make him your very best friend for life!

Praise God continually, not just on Sunday morning. Share your joy and answered prayers with your friends and family.


Faith Building Exercise

Say these out loud every day until you believe them in your spirit. They will build your faith. Look up these verses and read them as they appear in your Bible. You can always trust God’s Word because He cannot lie.

God is love. God loves me. Love never fails!
(Deuteronomy 23:5; 1 Corinthians 13:8; 1 John 4:8)

God is with me wherever I go.
(Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 8:10)

I seek God and He gives me success.
(2 Chronicles 26:5)

God gives me the desires of my heart.
(Psalm 20:4; Psalm 37:4-7)

God fills me with love, joy and peace.
(Romans 5:5, 15:13)

God always guides me.
(Isaiah 58:11)



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