Earlier today while my wife was at work my 2 year old son asked that I read to him. After a series of Scooby Doo books he brought me a real goodie . . . Who’s Who in the Old Testament (cover pictured at left). There are pictures of animals on each page–fish, lions, birds, dogs, etc.–and he loves to identify the animals. He’s a very sharp two year old!
As we were reading along we came to one of the final pages, I believe on Daniel, and we were naming off the various things in the pictures. He very easily identified the “lion” when I pointed to it. He then, however, continued to insist there was a “birdie” in the picture when there clearly was not. I asked him where the birdie was, and he pointed, without hesitation . . . to an angel floating in the sky! It was hilarious. I guess an angel does fulfill some of the basic requirements a two year old would have for a “birdie” — wings and in the sky. That is some sound exegesis!
So, what did I learn today? Angels are really “birdies.” My son . . . the biblical scholar!
(for another example of my son’s religious views, see HERE)