Elvin C. Myers
Scripture Reading Mtthew 4:11
A familiar Christmas card scene shows three men in a stable kneeling before a manger in which a small baby is lying. They are the supposed three wise men who have come from the east to worship the new born king of Israel. They are presenting their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the child
These are well known facts: The number of wise men is not given, and they did not see a baby but a young child nearly two years old; and they saw Him in a house and not a stable. It is also a Biblical fact that they came to worship, so they must have believed that the baby had a supernatural origin. The gifts were part of their worship. These were not a child's gifts but were appropriate for worship.
Gold is the first metal mentioned in the Bible. It is symbolic of wealth, power and royalty (Psalm 21:3). Gold was used extensively in the tabernacle and the temple where God would dwell among His people. The New Jerusalem will be pure gold. Gold is symbolic of the royalty of Christ.
Frankincense is an aromatic gum that comes from tree resin from Arabia and the east coast of Africa. It was also used in the tabernacle and temple in the duties of worship. It was part of the incense that burned and filled the sanctuary with a sweet odor as smoke rose upwards. This represented the prayers of the saints rising up to God (Psalm 141:2). The only ones authorized to offer up incense were the priests, so it symbolized the priestly office of Christ.
Myrrh.was also an aromatic gum from tree resin and was widely used in perfumes and medicines. A major use of myrrh was in anointing oil for prophets, priests and kings (Exodus 30:23-35). Christ is represented in the Old Testament as Prophet, Priest and King of Israel. The wise men must have known this, recognized the child as the fulfillment of these roles, and presented Him with the proper gifts.
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