A Word From The Pastor: Dr. Timothy Nelson




“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 2:11

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?

Adapted from: https://www.crosswalk.com/special-coverage/christmas-and-advent/gold-frankincense-and-myrrh.html

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