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Having opened their treasures, they offered to Him gifts, gold, and frankincense

The LORD is near - Wednesday, December 25, 2013
by Jacob Redekop, Brian Reynolds, John van Dijk, Eugene P. Vedder, Jr
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Having opened their treasures, they offered to Him gifts, gold, and frankincense


"Having opened their treasures, they offered to Him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
(Matthew 2:11)

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and when the tidings reached the guilty tyrant who sat upon the Jewish throne, he “was troubled and all Jerusalem with him.” The men of the city had already made their choice. They were on the side of Herod-not on the Lord’s side. The scribes, intelligent in the Scriptures as far as the letter went, knew, or should have known, many things about the Coming King.
The prophets had clearly pointed out:
1. When He would come (Gen. 49:10).
2. How He would come (Isa. 7:14).
3. Where He would be born (Mic. 5:2).
But if there was no heart for Him in Jerusalem, and no room for Him in Bethlehem, a testimony was to be raised from among the Gentiles; and “wise men”-wise, surely in every sense of the word-divinely led, seek Him, recognize His divinity, worship Him, and present to Him their threefold gift, “gold, frankincense and myrrh.” When the Queen of Sheba visited Solomon she brought “gold and spices.” In a coming day, when the kings of the Gentiles come to worship the glory of the Lord in Jerusalem, they will bring “gold and incense” (Isa. 60).
In neither the historic nor the prophetic Scripture is there any mention of that which is here connected with these two things, namely, “myrrh.” Why is this? Is there not a threefold meaning in their gifts? In the Babe of Bethlehem they saw One who was “born King of the Jews,” and to Him they presented the royal offering of gold. But there was recognition in the frankincense that He was more than man-that He was the promised Savior. And myrrh spoke of that of which the wise men could have but dim vision: that before He sat upon the throne of His glory He “must suffer many things…and be killed” (Mt. 16:21).
L. Laurenson





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