When the Prophet Isaiah, 800 years before Christ, describes Jerusalem’s glorious restoration, he says that the Gentiles and kings will come and “bring gold and frankincense and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord” (Isaiah 60:6). Since the early days of Christianity, biblical scholars have offered a variety of spiritual reasons for why the three wise men brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus, according to the Gospel of Matthew (2:11). I cannot help but wonder, however, that if these Magi were truly “wise men,” why wouldn’t they bring practical, not just ceremonial, gifts to help the young Jewish family…
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