Have you ever thought about the gifts that the wise men brought as gifts to the Savior?
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 ¶ 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, and afrankincense, and myrrh.Matthew 2:9-11
There’s a lot of symbolism in the scriptures…
What does the gold represent?
Gold is a gift fit for a King. Gold represents his royal parentage as the Son of God. He is only begotten son of God, our Heavenly Father, in the flesh. He was chosen by our Heavenly Father to be our Savior.
What does the frankincense represent?
In the Old Testament, Frankincense was used in temple worship by ancient Israel:
- It was used in a perfume in the sanctuary (Exodus 30:34)
- It was used with burnt offerings and peace offerings (Leviticus 2:1)
- It was used along with the shewbread in the outer tabernacle and was burned as a memorial before the presence of the Lord (Leviticus 24:7)
Frankincense was burned by those who held the priesthood. It was also used in connection with sacrifice. Frankincense represents Jesus Christ’s personal, Godly sacrifice to save mankind.
10 ¶ Yet it pleased the Lord to abruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an boffering for sin, he shall see his cseed, he shall prolong his days, and the dpleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.Isaiah 53-4-11
What does the Myrrh represent?
Ancient Israel used myrrh in temple worship as a holy anointing oil for consecrating kings, priests, and the tabernacle (Exodus 30:23-25).
Myrrh represents Jesus Christ’s royal priesthood, power, and authority. It also represents the blood of Christ which was shed to accomplish the Atonement.
Note the following from wikipedia.org:
Myrrh (/mɜːr/; from Aramaic, but see § Etymology) is a natural gum or resin extracted from a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora. Myrrh resin has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense, and medicine. Myrrh mixed with wine can also be ingested .
When a tree’s wound penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, the tree secretes a resin. Myrrh gum, like frankincense, is such a resin. When people harvest myrrh, they wound the trees repeatedly to bleed them of the gum.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrrh
Note what it says:
When a tree’s wound penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, the tree secretes a resin. Myrrh gum, like frankincense, is such a resin. When people harvest myrrh, they wound the trees repeatedly to bleed them of the gum.
Note the usages of myrrh as a medicine:
It is also used in some liniments and healing salves that may be applied to abrasions and other minor skin ailments. Myrrh has been used as an analgesic for toothaches and can be used in liniment for bruises, aches, and sprains.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrrh
In other words, myrrh is a resin that bleeds from a tree that heals.
Likewise, Christ bled and died on a tree (cross):
41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
43 And there appeared an aangel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.Luke 22:41-44
And, relating to the crucifixion…
30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and ahanged on a tree.
And, in Peter’s words…