“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…. Matthew
As was customary for royal visits, the wise men came
bearing treasured gifts intended to honor the newborn
king. And as it is today, gold was a valued commodity in
the ancient world. Among the types of assets listed in
the Bible (e.g., precious metals, livestock, servants,
gemstones, etc.), accumulation of gold was one of the
chief measures of wealth (cf. Genesis 13:2, Ecclesiastes
2:8). Because of its scarcity and immense value, gold
was particularly associated with royalty and nobility,
as is seen in 1 Kings 10 when the Queen of Sheba visits
King Solomon bearing great quantities of gold as a gift.
By bringing a gift of gold, the wise men demonstrated
their desire to worship this new born child, as they
showed that they did indeed consider Jesus a king.
What gift of worship might you give to Jesus, not just
at Christmas, but throughout the year that shows that
you do indeed consider Jesus to be the King of kings?