Treasures for a King

Behold there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem…and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts ; gold , frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 2: 1-11

Wise men from the East


 First the GOLD.  The ancient symbol for gold was a circle with a dot in the middle. It also the same symbol the Egyptians used for the sun, the Chippewa Indians used to represent the Great Spirit, the Huichol Indians sign for the Eye of God. Same symbol, different continents, same meaning THE HEAD GOD, THE GREAT GOD!!
Just looking at that symbol makes you think of God. I see the Great Eternal ONE. Exciting isn’t it!
 Gold has a unique property of being able to stop the thermal IR radiation of the sun. It is used in very thin layers in expensive car windows to do just that. It stops the heat from the sun. You get the light, but no heat! Huh, I like that!


 Now. FRANKINCENSE is harvested by cutting into the bark of the Boswellia sacra tree till resin flows out. When the resin hardens, it is harvested. The deeper cuts produce the purest and most valuable frankincense, called  “white tears”.  Through the deepest cuts, the purest incense is produced.
Finally Myrrh is also collected as a resin from purposeful cuts in the bark of Commiphora mirrha. However, this tree only produces leaves during the rainy season and the rest of the time, it looks like a bare thorny shrub.  Three fourths of the year, this shrub looks like a tree in the north during winter, bare, lifeless, and dead. Do you see the crown of thorns?

Commiphora mirrha, from which myrrh is extracted

The wise men brought Gold showing the whole world this was God. They brought Frankincense to indicate the deep suffering that this child would go through to produce the purest incense, and lastly Myrrh, that out of something that looks dead, life springs forth!

God + Crucifixion + Resurrection.

 And mind you, I don’t believe the pictures. I can’t imagine wise men crossing a continent to bring gifts to a king that you could hold in your hand. There probably were camels carrying canvasses stuffed full of these gifts along with many more. I read that a Prince from Africa brought a gift of Gold to one of the Emperors of Egypt resulting in the price of Gold dropping in that country for an entire decade!!

God gave Mary and Joseph the resources they would need to flee into Egypt in the middle of the night leaving all!! Two times they had to leave All to serve the King! But in giving All, they received All!!


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