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Resins and the 3 Wise men

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh

Every year we sing a popular Christmas song about three kings and the gifts they brought to the Christ child. The treasures the wise men brought were of significant value and prophetic importance. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh are gifts worthy of a king. Gold is symbolic of Christ’s deity as King, frankincense represents His purity as Priest of God, and myrrh is suggestive of His anointed work as a Prophet and of His death. Let’s look at what the Bible reveals about these gifts and what we sing about in the Christmas carol We Three Kings.

Gold = Kingship of God

Gold in the Bible is symbolic of God. It represents the most precious of metals and is extremely rare in its purest form.Thus, gold is a pure and valuable metal, it is also associated with God’s precepts, principles, and promises—all of which are perfect and pure and supersede any that are set by man

Verse 2 – We Three Kings
Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.

Frankincense = High Priest of God

Frankincense is an aromatic, clear resin obtained from trees in northern India and Arabia. It is used in incense and perfumes, and was treasured for its aroma and healing properties. The gift of frankincense, given by one of the wise men, pointed to the work of Jesus as a Priest of God, who ministered for three and one half years to the people.

Verse 3 – We Three Kings
Frankincense to offer have I;
Incense owns a Deity nigh;
Prayer and praising, voices raising,
Worshiping God on high.

Myrrh = Prophet of God

Myrrh was a spice used for medicine, cosmetics, and anointing oil.  It was mixed into the oil that was used to anoint prophets for the divinely appointed work of revealing God and communicating His will and words to His people.The gift of myrrh also takes on another representation. In addition to anointing prophets, oil was used in the anointing of the dead.  Myrrh was presented to Jesus at His birth pointing to His life as a Prophet and it was used at His death to anoint His body for the grave.

Verse 4 – We Three Kings
Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.

Reference- https://reasonsforhopejesus.com/significance-of-the-three-kings-gifts

 

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