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Gold for a King

Gold CoinsThere was a prophecy in Psalm 72.10-11 that Kings would worship the Messiah that begins, "The kings of Tarshish and of the distant shores will bring tribute to him; the kings of Sheba and Seba will present him gifts. All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him." These kings called "The Magi" naturally went to the ruler of that area, King Herod the Great (BC 73-4 BC), a cruel and despotic leader. Later in a search for the new king of the Jews, Herod ordered the massacre of all the male children in the vicinity of Bethlehem. The term "magi" denotes followers of Zaroastrianism or Zaroaster, a religious caste who worshipped one God like the Jews, who were "kings" or "wise men." There were three gifts mentioned in Matthew 2 and therefore three wise men named Caspar king of India, Balthazar king of Arabia and Melchior king of Persia, although early traditions name a fourth as Patisar. Legends however identify different names for them. The Wise Men, so called, asked him where the new monarch was to be born so that they could present gifts to him. Gold was the most valuable metal and highly prized even by rulers. It was an appropriate gift for Jesus as the coming King of Kings.

Frankincense for a God

FrankincenseNot many great men or women in history could claim to have a star to herald their birth. Isaiah foresaw the coming of a special star on the occasion of Messiah's birth. He wrote in Isaiah 60.3, "Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn." In those days, several luminary objects were spotted in the sky. In 7 BC, there was a conjunction or a coming together in the sky of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Chinese astronomers also reported a bright star which melted away in 4 BC and Halley's comet passed over that region in 11 BC. For such a gigantic earth shattering event in history, God marked it with a firework show of His own! The gift of frankincense proclaimed that God in Jesus was being worshipped here with a heavenly sign as much as in the Old Testament Temple. It was one of the special and most appropriate gifts for Jesus our God!

"Jesus Christmas Gifts"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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